Posted March 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Joachim Loew
Germany coach Joachim Loew would like to see a pre-qualifying round for so-called smaller nations ahead of World Cup and European Championship competitions. Loew says the international calendar is full and that it should be reduced. Loew tells Kicker magazine he is not sure ''it made sporting sense'' to play twice against teams like ''Kazakhstan, Andorra, San Marino or the Faeroe Islands.'' Loew was speaking before Germany's two World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan, in Astana on Friday and in Nuremberg four days later. Germany's group includes the Faeroe Islands. Some German football officials have floated such ideas before. German Football Federation president Wolfgang Niersbach says they have no chance of being accepted by UEFA, the European governing body.

Germany to train on artificial turf

Germany will train on artificial turf ahead of its World Cup qualifying match in Kazakhstan, where the game will be played under a roof on a similar pitch. Assistant coach Hansi Flick confirmed Tuesday that the team will train at least twice on such a turf in Frankfurt, which he said was similar to the one in Astana. Germany already has beaten Kazakhstan once on artificial turf...
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