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Stark called up!

Niklas Stark is one of almost a dozen Hertha BSC players who will be in action for their respective national teams next week.

The 2019/20 Bundesliga season is still in its early stages with the club from the capital having featured in two games so far. Qualifying for EURO 2020 is a little further in though: in the coming days, matchdays 5 and 6 will be played out as everyone looks to book their place at next summer’s big tournament. This will mark a real moment of pride for Niklas Stark, who has been called up to the Germany national team for the third time. Joachim Löw’s team will play the Netherlands on Friday, 6th September and then, on the following Monday, the team will also meet Northern Ireland in qualifying Group C. Germany currently sit second with three wins from three games, ahead of the Dutch who have gained just three points from two matches. In first place are the Northern Irishmen, who have won all four games so far, with still-pointless Belarus and Estonia making up the other spots.

Ondrej Duda and Peter Pekarik will also be in action with Slovakia: at the same time as the Germany game, the two Herthaner will play host to World Cup runners-up Croatia, before a showdown with Hungary three days later. The Hungarians are currently leading Group E with nine points, followed by the Slovaks and Croats (6), ahead of Wales (3) and Azerbaijan (0). In Group F, goalkeeper Rune Jarstein is facing two make-or-break games with Norway. The 'Vikings' will have to pick up points against Malta and Sweden if they want to keep any hopes of qualifying for the Euros alive. With five points from four clashes, the Norwegians are only fourth after Spain, Romania and Sweden, with Malta and Faroe Islands even further behind. Vladimir Darida finds himself in a better position with the Czech Republic though. Although England still have a game in hand, he and his nation find themselves tied for first place in Group A. The Hertha BSC midfielder will look to defend that position against Kosovo and Montenegro.

World Cup qualifiers begin for Leckie

While the Europeans have their own championship in mind this summer, qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar starts now for Australia and Mathew Leckie. The 'Socceroos' will be playing Kuwait on matchday 1.

Maier misses out

The Germany U21s finished as runners-up at the European Championship this summer, as new boy Eduard Löwen, Maximilian Mittelstädt and Arne Maier all featured. The chapter with the U21s is now over for almost that entire Euros squad, but Maier will continue to play for the team thanks to his late birthday. The Hertha BSC midfielder will miss the friendly against Greece, as well as the first European qualifier against Wales, however, as he continues his recovery from injury. Meanwhile, Muhammed Kiprit will join up with the Turkey U21s for their qualifier against England. His club colleague Florian Baak will also be representing the Herthaner with the Germany U20s in their two friendlies against the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Daishawn Redan and Omar Rekik have also been called up to the Netherlands’ U19s for their friendlies against Italy and Portugal.

DateKick offPlayerFixtureResult
05/09/1920:45 CESTRune JarsteinNorway vs Malta2-0
06/09/1920:45 CESTOndrej Duda, Peter PekarikSlovakia vs Croatia0-4
06/09/1920:45 CESTNiklas StarkGermany vs Netherlands2-4
07/09/1915:00 CESTVladimir DaridaKosovo vs Czech Republic
08/09/1920:45 CESTRune JarsteinSweden vs Norway
09/09/1920:45 CESTNiklas StarkGermany vs Northern Ireland
09/09/1920:45 CESTOndrej Duda, Peter PekarikHungary vs Slovakia
10/09/1920:45 CESTVladimir DaridaMontenegro vs Czech Republic
10/09/1917:30 CESTMathew LeckieKuwait vs Australia
Teams, 07.09.2019