Werder players strong internationally
09.09.2012, 08:23:07 Uhr
Werder defensive boss Sokratis started the qualification successful with a 2-1 victory for Greece in Latvia, defending for the full 90 minutes. Alongside the 24-year-old Sokratis, who had a good showing, was his Bundesliga colleague Kyriakos Papadopoulos from Schalke. Sokratis and his teammates will next play Lithuania in Group G of the qualification on Tuesday 11 September 2012 at 8:45 p.m.
The Turkish national team as expected had a tough qualification beginning, losing 2-0 to World Cup runners-up Netherlands. Bremen's Mehmet Ekici did not play in the game but hopes to play in the second qualifier against Estonia in Istanbul.
Both Saturday qualifiers have Bremen participation. Leftback Aleksandar Ignovski and Serbia take on Scotland at 4 p.m. while Theo Gebre Selassie and Czech Republic play Denmark at 8:15 p.m. The Austrians and the Werder trio Marko Arnautovic, Zlatko Junuzovic and Sebastian Prödl face Germany on Tuesday in Vienna.
Not playing World Cup qualification but still in national team dress on Thursday was Francois Affolter with the Swiss U21 team. The leftback played the entire 90 minutes in Switzerland's 0-0 draw with Spain. In the qualification for the U21 European Championship, Switzerland are missing just three points from their game against Estonia on Monday to move into the playoffs.