German clubs snub Turkey for winter break training camps
Borussia Moenchengladbach also appear set to find another sunny location
German football clubs are snubbing Turkey in the wake of the political situation and terror attacks there, and plan to hold their January training camps in other countries such as Portugal and Spain.
A survey by dpa revealed that Bundesliga clubs, as well as second and third tier sides, will not go to Belek and other sites on the Turkish Riviera this time around during the winter break.
The past season saw seven top flight clubs hold their camps in the Belek area where some 700 clubs overall train each year in ideal sports conditions.
Of the seven, Darmstadt, SV Hamburg as well as relegated VfB Stuttgart and Hanover said they won't go to Turkey, and Borussia Moenchengladbach also appear set to find another sunny location. Werder Bremen don't rule out another trip to Turkey and Hertha Berlin are yet to announce their plans.
"Of course Turkey is out," Darmstadt sports director Holger Fach said, naming the political situation the reason for the change of location to Alicante, Spain.
Other clubs did not want to give detailed reasons why they are not going to Turkey; and former Germany international Dieter Burdenski, who organizes training camps in Turkey and elsewhere, said time will tell whether they will return to Turkey in the future.
"I hope and believe that things will be back to normal next season. But if the terror continues this could have a longer lasting effect," Burdenski said.