Monday, April 22, 2019

Metzelder given the flick for World Cup opener

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 5 Sep 2008

18 Views

Inexperienced defender Serdar Tasci has been preferred to 2002 World Cup and Euro 2008 finalist Christoph Metzelder for Germany's opening 2010 World Cup qualifier, assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick announced on Friday.

The Germans – semi-finalists in the 2006 World Cup – take on minnows Liechtenstein on Saturday in Vaduz and Flick said that 21-year-old Tasci, who has one cap, had earned his place on merit.

“He (Tasci) was really good against Belgium (a 2-0 friendly win in August), and showed he was ready to step up to the senior team,” said Flick of the son of immigrant Turks who plays for VfB Stuttgart.

Whilst Flick refused to suggest that 47-timers capped Metzelder's time as automatic first choice had come to an end, his demotion comes after a series of under-par performances by the Real Madrid defender.

“Today in football, there are not just 11 players good enough to start a match, but 18-20 who could be considered good enough to begin.

“To have such an embarrassment of riches is an advantage for us,” said Flick who added that 24-year-old Piotr Trochowski would win his 14th cap in the middle of midfield as both Michael Ballack and Torsten Frings are injured.

Germany – who also play Finland on Wednesday – will face their biggest challenge in topping the group from Euro 2008 semi-finalists Russia.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SoccerNews

Soccernews.com is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.

You can follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/soccernews.com or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.

SHARE OR COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE

WE RECOMMEND

Leave a Reply

avatar
 
smilegrinwinkmrgreenneutraltwistedarrowshockunamusedcooleviloopsrazzrollcryeeklolmadsadexclamationquestionideahmmbegwhewchucklesillyenvyshutmouth
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Live Scores

advertisement

Betting Guide Advertisement

advertisement

Become a Writer
More More
Top