> Germany quite blatantly gave Mickey "Confed Cup" Mouse the snub
> last year. A tournament they were invited in as European Confederation
> winners, to play against other confederation winners, such as
> South Africa, Mexico, etc and against hosts Saudi Arabia.
> This tournament was not seen as an ideal preparation for France 98.
Their point was more that the timing wasn't particularly convenient
regarding the domestic season.
> Instead of Travelling to Saudi Arabia for the Confed Cup, Germany
> chose to play South Africa in a friendly and then travelling
> to Saudi Arabia to play a friendly, and another friendly against
> Oman of all nations. Apparently this is a much more meaningful
> preparation to France 98.
Well, two friendlies just take five days, the Confed Thing would have
taken them much longer. Also, obviously these matches in Arabia are
just Wiedergutmachung and not preparation for France, seeing that half
the team was missing in the first match because the Germans (quite
rightly) decided a Cup semifinal was of far greater importance than
playing Oman. They just tested a few new players and tried to build
some team spirit, which is what friendlies are for. The Confed Cup
pretended to be more than a couple of friendlies, which is why the
Germans weren't interested.
> Oh Berti Vogts... Where would you be without Olivier Bierhoff?
That should read: "where would you be without the Austrian league
to develop your strikers" ;-).