Training with women from Qatar

    Several teams want to set an example at the World Cup in Qatar with the “One Love” captain’s armband. The unclear attitude of FIFA surprised the DFB and Manuel Neuer – regardless of possible sanctions in the opening game against Japan next Wednesday (from 2 p.m. in the TM live ticker) he wants to wear the captain’s armband with the symbol. When asked the same question, the goalkeeper of the German national soccer team answered succinctly at the DFB press conference in Al-Shamal on Saturday: “Yes.”

    DFB director Oliver Bierhoff was amazed at the alternative imprints for captain’s armbands with social messages presented by FIFA on Saturday. “I heard a thing or two too. Of course, the short-term nature is surprising. It seems like FIFA doesn’t have a clear stance,” said Bierhoff.


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    The DFB announced in September that it would wear the captain’s armband at the World Cup, along with other major nations such as England and the Netherlands, as a symbol of equality and freedom of expression. World Cup host Qatar has been criticized for disregarding human rights standards. FIFA presented several of its own options for captain’s armbands on Saturday, for example with slogans like “#SaveThePlanet” or “#NoDiscrimination”. Bierhoff announced that they wanted to coordinate further with the other nations.

    “We assume that we can continue to wear the bandage,” said the 54-year-old. FIFA has not yet banned the “One Love” armband. According to the statutes, political statements are prohibited. DFB President Bernd Neuendorf made it clear on Friday that he would continue with the campaign even if a fine was imposed as a sanction. Neuer emphasized the importance of joint action with other teams. “It’s good that we have the power with other nations in western Europe,” said the 36-year-old, adding: “It’s good that we’re not alone.” He’s not afraid of the “One Love” – to wear a bandage.

    DFB team trains with 20 young women from Qatar

    Meanwhile, German internationals will play with 20 female soccer players from Qatar in a “Freestyle Football Challenge” on Sunday in the Al-Shamal training stadium. As the DFB announced, the campaign is part of the “Community Events” organized by the world association FIFA at the World Cup, with which all 32 teams in the host country promote social projects. The DFB is particularly committed to the development of women’s football. “Ultimately, hosting the World Cup should lead to sustainable progress in the host country, where women’s rights are restricted,” said a statement from the association. A project to empower women in football in Qatar had previously been supported by the national team’s foundation. 20 young women from the Near and Middle East were taught leadership skills at a workshop.

    23 players over 36: the oldest participants in the 2022 World Cup

    Manuel Neuer | Germany | 36 years

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    Olivier Giroud | France | 36 years

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    Market value: €4 million

    Franco Armani | Argentina | 36 years

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    Market value: €3.2 million

    Kasper Schmeichel Denmark | 36 years

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    Market value: €2.5 million

    Fernando Muslera | Uruguay | 36 years

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    Market value: €1.7 million

    Andres Guardado | Mexico | 36 years

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    Market value: €1.5 million

    Sebastian Sosa | Uruguay | 36 years

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    Market value: €800 thousand

    Diego Godin | Uruguay | 36 years

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    Market value: €700 thousand

    Yuto Nagatomo | Japan | 36 years

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    Market value: €400 thousand

    Cristiano Ronaldo | Portugal | 37 years

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    Market value: €20 million

    Luka Modric | Croatia | 37 years

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    Market value: €10 million

    Steve Mandanda | France | 37 years

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    Market value: €1.5 million

    Guillermo Ochoa | Mexico | 37 years

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    Market value: €1.2 million

    Bryan Ruiz | Costa Rica | 37 years

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    Market value: €150 thousand

    Danny Vukovic | Australia | 37 years

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    Thiago Silva | Brazil | 38 years

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    Market value: €2.5 million
    Aymen Balbouli | Tunisia | 38 years

    Pepe | Portugal | 39 years

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    Market value: €1 million

    Dani Alves | Brazil | 39 years

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    Market value: €1 million

    Remko Pasveer | Netherlands | 39 years

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    Market value: €250 thousand

    Eiji Kawashima | Japan | 39 years

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    Market value: €200 thousand

    Atiba Hutchinson | Canada | 39 years

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    Alfredo Talavera | Mexico | 40 years

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    Market value: €800 thousand

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