Cologne - Some of Poland’s biggest names have a left lasting impression on Germany’s flight down the years, but now it’s the turn of Bundesliga World Tour 2015 representatives Hannover 96 to return the favour.
As part of their 2015/16 pre-season preparations, the Lower Saxony club will travel to Lublin to face French Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco in the LOTTO Lubelskie Cup semi-final on Saturday, before meeting either Polish side KS Lechia Gdansk or Ukrainian giants FC Shakhtar Donetsk 24 hours later.
“Monaco’s a big test,” admitted Hannover 96 head coach Michael Frontzeck. “The result is of secondary importance. It’s about making an impression. Physically [the other teams] are at the same level as us.”
That said, Hiroki Sakai, Ron-Robert Zieler, Salif Sane, Hiroshi Kiyotake, Leonardo Bittencourt, Felix Klaus, Vladimir Rankovic and Miiko Albornoz are all missing for the Reds, although the likes of newly recruited duo Charlison Benschop and Oliver Sorg can be counted on to electrify the 20,000-capacity Lublin Arena.
Here, there and everywhere
Hannover are due to fly back on Sunday evening, by which point Bundesliga World Tour 2015 roommates Borussia Dortmund will have jetted off to the Far East. The five-time Bundesliga winners are scheduled to face Kawasaki Frontale in Tokyo on 7 July, before taking on Johor Southern Tigers in Malaysia on 9 July.
German record champions FC Bayern München and 2014/15 DFB Cup winners VfL Wolfsburg complete the World Tour line-up. Pep Guardiola’s men have pre-season friendlies against Valencia CF, FC Internazionale Milano and Guangzhou Evergrande pencilled in for their eight-night trip to China (16-24 July), while the Wolves take on KS Lechia Gdansk back in Poland on 12 July.