Almost all 27 players in head coach Joachim Löw's provisional squad will have arrived in Eppan, northern Italy, by the weekend. But fans hoping to meet their favorite players are in for a bit of a let-down.
Germany have been drawn in what could be a tricky Group B for the Women's World Cup. The tournament is to be held next June and July in France.
World Cup winning defender Benjamin Pavard looks to have a big decision to make. The Stuttgart man has recently spoken of his Champions League ambitions but says no deal has yet been struck with Bayern Munich.
As Germany's aging population struggles to find enough care workers, the country's health minister is mulling funding training programs abroad. However, the "brain drain" risk has some authorities hesitant to sign on.
After a disastrous World Cup campaign, the relationship between the German national team and its fans is at a low ebb. On Thursday, Joachim Löw's team could be set to play in a half-empty stadium in Leipzig.
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