Yussuf Poulsen in World Cup playoff action today

Play-off games between Sweden and Italy, as well as Denmark and Ireland | U21 European Championship qualifiers for Lukas Klostermann, Dayot Upamecano and Konrad Laimer | Germany friendly games for Timo Werner and Marcel Halstenberg

The international break is here! All-in-all, there are eleven Leipzig players jetting off to meet up with their respective national teams:

  • Marcel Halstenberg (Germany)
  • Timo Werner (Germany)
  • Emil Forsberg (Sweden)
  • Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark)
  • Marcel Sabitzer (Austria)
  • Bruma (Portugal)
  • Lukas Klostermann (Germany U21s)
  • Konrad Laimer (Austria U21s)
  • Dayot Upamecano (France U21s)
  • Philipp Köhn (Switzerland U20s)

Emil Forsberg and Yussuf Poulsen will be playing in World Cup play-offs, while Timo Werner, Marcel Halstenberg, Marcel Sabitzer, Bruma and Philipp Köhn are in international friendly action. Lukas Klostermann, Konrad Laimer and Dayot Upamecano will contest qualifiers for the 2019 European U21 Championship.

After consulting with the Hungary national coach, Péter Gulácsi will not be travelling with the squad this time, while Yvon Mvogo is on standby for the Switzerland squad.

Timo Werner will be on the hunt for yet more Germany goals
Marcel Halstenberg has been named in the Germany squad for the first time

Timo Werner and Marcel Halstenberg

Thanks to a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland, Germany guaranteed qualification to the World Cup in Russia, before wrapping up their campaign with a tenth win in ten games against Azerbaijan. 

Jogi Löw’s team have two friendlies scheduled for the upcoming international break. On Friday, they face England in London (0-0), and then they play France in Cologne the following Tuesday.

This is Marcel Halstenberg’s first time making it into Die Mannschaft squad, and he will be joined by Timo Werner.


  • Friendly
  • England vs. Germany 0-0
  • Wembley Stadium | London

          Marcel Halstenberg played the full game whilst Timo Werner was replaced in the 73rd minute.

  • Friendly
    Germany vs. France
    Tuesday, 14th November @ 20:45 CET
    Rhein-Energie-Stadion | Cologne
Sabitzer will be playing one final friendly this year with Austria
Konrad Laimer will be hoping for six points in U21 Euros qualifying

Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer

Austria won their last qualifier against Moldova, but despite the victory, Marcel Sabitzer & co. had no chance of qualifying for the World Cup. On Tuesday, Marcel Kolller’s team will play a friendly against Uruguay in Vienna.

Meanwhile, Konrad Laimer will be lining up for the Austria U21s for their European Championship qualifiers. He lost the first game 3-1 against Serbia, whilst they are away to Macedonia on Tuesday.


  • Friendly:
    Austria vs. Uruguay
    Tuesday, 14th November @ 20:45 CET
    Ernst-Happel-Stadion | Vienna
  • European qualifier:
    Austria U21s vs. Serbia U21s 1-3
    Bundesstadion Südstadt | Maria Enzersdorf

          Konrad Laimer played the full 90 minutes and scored Austria's only goal.

  • European qualifier:
    Macedonia U21s vs. Austria U21s
    Tuesday, 14th November @ 13:00 CET
    Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski | Skopje, Macedonia

Emil Forsberg

Emil Forsberg and Sweden lost in October to the Netherlands, but they still finished second in their group and so made it into the play-offs. Here, the Scandinavians must now beat Italy over two legs, in order to make it to the 2018 World Cup. In the first leg, Sweden won 1-0 at home.


  • World Cup play-offs, first leg:
    Sweden vs Italy 1-0
    Friends Arena | Solna

          Emil Forsberg started and played the whole match. 

  • World Cup play-offs, second leg:
    Italy vs. Sweden
    Monday, 13th November @ 20:45 CET
    Giuseppe Meazza | Milan

Yussuf Poulsen

In their most recent games, Yussuf Poulsen and Denmark beat Montenegro 1-0 before drawing 1-1 to Romania, thereby securing second place in Group E and qualifying for the play-offs. Now, Denmark must beat Ireland to secure their ticket for Russia.


  • World Cup play-offs, first leg:
    Denmark vs. Ireland
    Saturday, 11th November @ 20:45 CET
    Parken | Copenhagen
  • World Cup play-offs, second leg:
    Ireland vs. Denmark
    Tuesday, 14th November @ 20:45 CET
    Aviva Stadium | Dublin


With their 2-0 win over Switzerland, Portugal secured first place in their group, and thereby qualified for the World Cup. Our forward, Bruma has been called up to the Portugal first team for the first time, and will be involved in Portugal’s two friendlies. On Friday they beat Saudi Arabia 3-0 in Viseu, with the USA the opponents in Leiria on Tuesday.


  • Friendly:
    Portugal vs. Saudi Arabia 3-0
    Estadio Municipal Fontelo | Viseu

          Bruma came on in the 75th minute.

  • Friendly:
    Portugal vs. USA
    Tuesday, 14th November @ 20:45 CET
    Estadio Municipal Leiria | Leiria

Lukas Klostermann

Our defender has joined up with the Germany U21 squad and will be playing two qualifiers for the 2019 European Championship. On Thursday, Stefan Kuntz’s team beat Azerbaijan 7-0, with Israel comming up on Tuesday.


  • European qualifier:
    Azerbaijan U21s vs Germany U21s 0-7
    Dalğa Arena | Baku, Azerbaijan

          Lukas Klostermann scored the sixth in the U21s 7-0 victory and played the whole game.

  • European qualifier:
    Israel U21s vs. Germany U21s
    Tuesday, 14th November @ 17:30 CET
    Itzadion Ramat Gan | Tel Aviv, Israel

Dayot Upamecano

Dayot Upamecano will be playing for the French U21s in qualifiers for the 2019 European Championship. So far, the team have won all three qualifiers, and they must now face Bulgaria and Slovenia.


  • European qualifier:
    France U21s vs. Bulgaria U21s
    Thursday, 9th November @ 19:00 CET
    MMArena | Le Mans
  • European qualifier:
    Slovenia U21s vs. France U21s
    Monday, 13th November @ 18:45 CET
    Domžale Sports Park | Domzale

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