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Germany national team to play friendly match in China

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Winners will play a friendly match in China, the general secretary of the German Football Association (DFB) confirmed.

China and Germany have signed a “comprehensive agreement at government level” to boost the development of football in both countries, with agreements also struck between the DFB, the German Football League (DFL), the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Chinese Soccer Association.

“Our goal is to make a friendly in China possible by 2019, latest. You’d take the partnership to a completely new level with such a game”, general secretary Friedrich Curtius told local newspapers.

Curtius also said he already discussed the idea of playing a friendly match in China with national team head coach Joachim Loew and DFB general manager Oliver Bierhoff, but they have troubles finding a date for the match.

“If you go to China it would be desirable, because of the distance, to be available there for a few days”, he explained.