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One man heading on his winter holidays already is 1. FC Köln's . His side may still have a game to play – and a big derby against Fortuna Düsseldorf at that – yet he will follow the match from Brazil after returning to his home country, albeit not just to lay on the Copacabana. No, he has "important authority and visa matters" to attend to. Once resolved, he is expected back in Cologne in early January for the start of pre-Rückrunde training.