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DFB postpones youth international matches

By Rune Gjerulff

The DFB presidential board has decided to postpone nearly all youth international matches until the end of 2020.

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Due to rising number of coronavirus cases around Europe, the German Football Association (DFB) has postponed almost all youth international matches until the end of 2020, with the sole exception being the under-21 team.

"We came to this decision due to the responsibility that we have to our young players, some of whom are still at school, as well as our coaches and all of those involved with caring for the national teams," commented Joti Chatzialexiou, manager of the DFB Talent Promotion Program.

"Even though our hygiene standards have been exceptional during all the international breaks so far, it is becoming increasingly difficult to continue holding training sessions while adhering to the tightening coronavirus regulations around Germany.

"We will now focus our efforts on ensuring that the youth teams are as prepared as possible going into the new year so that all training sessions and international matches can go ahead as planned. Our coaching staff will remain in close contact with the youngsters and will continue to follow club results with the same focus as before."

Stefan Kuntz's under-21 side top their qualification group for next year's European Championship with one game left to play.

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