Borussia's junior internationals had a successful time of it while away with their countries.
Central defender Nnamdi Collins played the full 90 minutes in all three EURO qualifiers for the Germany U19 national team, who beat Armenia (5-0), Belarus (5-1) and Slovakia (1-0). Tom Rothe made two substitute appearances and made the starting XI for the match against Slovakia. The DFB youngsters booked their place at the finals as a result.
Paris Brunner continued his top form with the Germany U17s. He levelled the scores at 1-1 in a Four Nations Tournament match against Uruguay in Duisburg, which ended in a 3-1 defeat, before bagging a brace in a 3-1 victory over Israel. Almugera Kabar made the starting line-up against Uruguay and Israel, while Raul König made cameo appearances.
Julian Rijkhoff played three times for the Netherlands U18s (1-0 defeat to England, 3-1 and 3-2 wins against Belgium and Faroe Islands respectively). He was among the scorers in the win over Belgium. Noa-Gabriel Simic was in action for the Croatia U19s, while U17 centre-back Nico Adamczyk featured for Poland. U17 defender Tyler Meiser represented BVB in the Germany U16 national team, who twice beat Austria (3-2 and 2-0).
U19s against Bonn on Saturday, U17s to take on Cologne
Back in Dortmund, the returning internationals have commenced their preparations for the upcoming Bundesliga fixtures. Borussia's U19s will kick off two season-defining English weeks against the impressive Bonner SC, who were promoted this summer, on Saturday (13:00 CET, Youth Performance Centre).
That will be followed by an away game against Sevilla in the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday (5/10), a Bundesliga game at SC Paderborn (8/10), the return fixture against Sevilla (11/10) and the DFB-Pokal last-16 clash with FC St. Pauli (15/10). The focus for now is on the match with the newcomers from Bonn, who made a major statement by winning 2-1 away at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Mike Tullberg has had an almost-full squad since Thursday. A team consisting of U19 and U17 players recently impressed in a 2-0 friendly victory over Hamburger SV. "I'm very satisfied with the team's performances so far. I hope that our chance conversion against Bonn is better than it was against the promoted clubs Hilden and Verl, against whom we really struggled. Our objective for the season remains to qualify for the Final Round of the German Championship," Mike Tullberg said.
Before the Bundesliga break, Borussia's U17s impressed with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Fortuna Düsseldorf. Head coach Karsten Gorges is hoping for more points against Fortuna Cologne on Sunday (11:00 CET, Youth Performance Centre). (wiwi)