Brussels attacks on Germany agenda ahead of first games since Paris

Brussels attacks on Germany agenda ahead of first games since Paris
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Published March 22nd, 2016 - 18:34 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Members of the German national football team take part in a training session in Berlin on March 22, 2016.
The German national team will play England in a friendly football match on March 26 at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.
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Members of the German national football team take part in a training session in Berlin on March 22, 2016. The German national team will play England in a friendly football match on March 26 at Berlin's Olympic Stadium. TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP

The German national team will discuss the Brussels terror attacks as it prepares for its first games since being directly affected by the attacks in Paris in November, general manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Tuesday.

More than 30 people have reportedly died in attacks at the airport and at a metro station in the Belgian capital.

Germany players gathered Tuesday in Berlin for a Saturday game there against England and a date with Italy three days later in Munich.

"Of course we will get together as the team leadership and consider how to approach the team on this issue," Bierhoff said. "It will definitely be an issue that will on the players' minds in the wake of the Paris events."

Defender Shkodran Mustafi said: "If you have been personally involved you know how the people there (in Brussels) feel."

Germany played France on November 13 at the Stade de France when the attacks occurred, with the stadium one of the targets. The German camp spent all night in the arena before flying home, and a scheduled match against the Netherlands four days later in Hanover was cancelled over a terror threat.

The England game is the first Germany match since Paris and along with the encounter with Italy an important tune-up for the Euro 2016 tournament in France where Joachim Loew's team want to add the continental trophy to that from the 2014 World Cup.

The July 10 final is at the Stade de France, and Germany also play a group game there on June 16 against Poland, plus another one in Paris at the Parc des Princes on June 21 against Northern Ireland.

"It's an issue that has concerned us for the last weeks and months. And of course it also concerns us in our preparations for the European championships," Bierhoff said.

Bierhoff said he has full faith in the DFB security team, that the utmost is done in this area, but that a risk would always remain.

Galatasaray forward Lukas Podolski has been confronted with terror threats lately owing to various incidents in Turkey, and also saw the Istanbul derby Sunday with Fenerbahce cancelled.

But Podolski remains defiant, saying: "You can't hide and you can't change your whole life."

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