October international break - Yussuf Poulsen and Denmark defeat England

14 players called up for international duty | Alexander Sørloth and Norway serve for goals | Willi Orban scores for Hungary

RBL on international duty!

The Bundesliga is on hold. While some people can take a break, a lot of our players can't: the internationals are here!

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann will be without 14 of his players. With Angelino (Spain) and Nordi Mukiele (France) both on standby, that number could rise to 16.  


Germany head coach Joachim Löw called up a trio of Leipzig defendersMarcel Halstenberg and Lukas Klostermann have returned to the Germany team. The pair were given a rest and left out of September's squad following the Champions League tournament.

New RBL signing Benjamin Henrichs also received his first call-up in over three years. His last appearance came in the summer of 2017 at the Confederations Cup in Russia, which was won by the German team. Henrichs started in Germany's 3-3 friendly draw against Turkey on Wednesday, while Halstenberg and Klostermann didn't feature. Henrichs has been left out of the reduced squad for the Nations League games against Ukraine and Switzerland.


For some of our Bulls, the international break represented a chance to book their tickets to next summer's EUROs. Péter Gulácsi and Willi Orban (both Hungary) and Alexander Sørloth (Norway) were all in action on Thursday night. Orban picked up where he left off against Schalke, scoring the opener for his side. Hungary beat Bulgaria 3-1 and will now face Iceland in the EURO play-off final. 

Alexander Sørloth and Norway saw their EURO dream cut short, as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Serbia. 


Germany were able to secure their first ever UEFA Nations League win at the seventh attempt on Saturday, with Marcel Halstenberg and Lukas Klostermann both starting in the 2-1 win over Ukraine. Joachim Löw played the RBL pair at wing back, and Klostermann's cross even led to Leon Goretzka's goal to make it 2-0. He even had a chance to score himself, if not for a good save from the Ukraine goalkeeper. Klost was brought off in the 90th minute, while Halstenberg played the full match.

Die Mannschaft are now second in their group with five points from three games, trailing Spain who beat Switzerland 1-0 on Saturday night. Dani Olmo was in the starting line-up once again, playing 57 minutes in total.


Our Scandinavian internationals were in action on Sunday. Alexander Sørloth and celebrated a 4-0 victory with Norway against Romania and scored the second goal. Yussuf Poulsen was also successful as Denmark defeated Iceland 3-0. Emil Forsberg and Sweden suffered defeat against Croatia. France were also in action against Portugal, but Dayot Upamecano was an unused substitute.


Germany and Spain were in Nations League action once again. Lukas Klostermann started for Germany and played the whole game against Switzerland in Cologne. It was an eventful game and it ended in a 3-3 draw. Marcel Halstenberg was introduced in the 58th minute.

The other match in the group was Spain against Ukraine. Dani Olmo began on the bench but was substituted on in the 73rd minute. He was unable to stop Spain losing 1-0.


On the final day of the international break, Willi Orban and Hungary faced Russia in Moscow with the match ending in a 0-0 draw. Péter Gulácsi did not travel to Russia with the team. Meanwhile, Yussuf Poulsen and Denmark recorded a 1-0 win against England at Wembley. Elsewhere, Alexander Sørloth came off the bench as Norway secured a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland. 

Emil Forsberg (Sweden) and Dayot Upamecano (France) did not feature. 

Find out below how all of the RBL players on international duty got on with their respective countries.

Willi Orban has put a goalscoring run together, following up his Bundesliga goal against Schalke with another for Hungary in EURO 2020 qualifying

International break overview:

Marcel Halstenberg, Benjamin Henrichs & Lukas Klostermann (Germany)

  • Friendly:
    Germany 3-3 Turkey
    (8th October, 20:45 CEST, Cologne)
    Benny Henrichs played the full 90 minutes. 
  • Nations League:
    Ukraine 1-2 Germany
    (10th October, 21:45 CEST, Kiev)
    Marcel Halstenberg played the full 90 minutes, Lukas Klostermann was brought off shortly before full time

    Germany 3-3 Switzerland
    (13th October, 20:45 CEST, Cologne)
    Lukas Klostermann played the full game, Marcel Halstenberg was introduced in the 58th minute

Alexander Sørloth (Norway)

  • UEFA European Championship play-offs:
    Norway 1-2 Serbia
    (8th October, 20:45 CEST, Oslo)
    Alexander Sørloth played the full 90 minutes.
  • Nations League: 
    4-0 Romania
    (11th October, 18:00 CEST, Oslo) 
    Alexander Sørloth scored Norway's second goal.
  • Nations League: 
    Norway 1-0
    Northern Ireland
    (14th October, 20:45 CEST, Oslo)
    Alexander Sørloth was subbed on in the 65th minute. 

Nordi Mukiele (standby) & Dayot Upamecano (France) 

  • Friendly:
    France 7-1 Ukraine
    (7th October, 21:10 CEST, Saint-Denis) 
    Dayot Upamecano played the first half. 
  • Nations League:
    France 0-0 Portugal
    (11th October, 20:45 CEST, Saint-Denis)
    Dayot Upamecano was an unused substitute.
  • Nations League: 
    Croatia 1-2 France
    (14th October, 20:45 CEST, Zagreb) 
    Dayot Upamecano did not feature. 

Péter Gulácsi & Willi Orban (Hungary)

  • UEFA European Championships qualification
    Bulgaria 1-3 Hungary
    (8th October, 20:45 CEST, Sofia) 
    Willi Orban scored the opener and played the full 90 minutes alongside Péter Gulácsi.
  • Nations League:
    Serbia 0-1 Hungary
    (11th October, 20:45 CEST, Belgrade)
    Péter Gulácsi started, while Willi Orban came on in the 56th minute.
  • Nations League:
    Russia 0-0 Hungary 
    (14th October, 20:45 CEST, Moscow) 
    Willi Orban played the full 90 minutes, while Péter Gulácsi did not travel to Moscow. 

Emil Forsberg (Sweden)

  • Friendly:
    Sweden 2-1 Russia 
    (8th October, 18:30 CEST, Solna)
    Emil Forsberg was an unused substitute.
  • Nations League:
    Croatia 2-1 Sweden
    (11th October, 18:00 CEST, Zagreb)
    Emil Forsberg played the full 90 minutes.
  • Nations League
    Portugal 3-0 Sweden
    (14th October, 19:00 CEST, Lisbon)
    Emil Forsberg did not feature. 

Amadou Haidara (Mali)

  • Friendly:
    Mali 3-0 Ghana
    (9th October, 19:00 CEST)
    Amadou Haidara played the full 90 minutes and scored a goal.

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Angelino (standby) & Dani Olmo (Spain) 

  • Friendly:
    Portugal 0-0 Spain 
    (7th October, 20:45 CEST, Lisbon)
    Dami Olmo played the full 90 minutes. 
  • Nations League:
    Spain 1-0 Switzerland
    (10th October, 20:45 CEST, Madrid)
    Dani Olmo started and played 57 minutes.
  • Nations League:
    Ukraine 1-0 Spain
    (13th October, 20:45 CEST, Kiev) 
    Dani Olmo came on in the 73rd minute.

Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark)

  • Friendly:
    Denmark 4-0 Faroe Islands
    (7th October, 18:00 CEST, Herning)
    Yussuf Poulsen was subbed on in the 62nd minute. 
  • Nations League:
    Iceland 0-3 Denmark
    (11th October, 18:45 CEST, Reykjavik)
    Yussuf Poulsen started and played for 66 minutes.
  • Nations League: 
    England 0-1 Denmark
    (14th October, 19:45 CEST, London) 
    Yussuf Poulsen played the full 90 minutes. 

Tim Schreiber (Germany U19s) 

  • Internationals:
    Germany P-P France
    (12th October, 18:00 CEST, Velbert)
    Game cancelled following a positive coronavirus case in the France squad.

Lazar Samardzic (Germany U20)

  • International:
    Germany 3-1 Switzerland
    (7th October, 16:00 CEST, Lörrach) 
    Lazar Samardzic played the full 90 minutes (1 goal, 1 assist).

Josep Martínez (Spain U21)

  • European U21 Championship qualification:
    Faroe Islands 0-2 Spain
    (8th October, 18:45 CEST, Tórshan)
    Josep Martínez started and kept a clean sheet. 

    Spain 3-0 Kazakhstan
    (13th October, 18:45 CEST, Madrid)
    Josep Martínez did not feature. 

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