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Four Augsburg players on international duty this summer

First Team 05.06.2019, 11:16
The 2018/19 Bundesliga season may have come to a conclusion, but the season isn’t over yet for four FC Augsburg players. The FCA quartet will feature for their respective countries in friendlies, Euro 2020 qualifiers as well as the U21s European Championship. Marco Richter has been called up to the provisional Germany U21s squad for this month’s European Championships in Italy and San Marino. Stefan Kuntz’s side are currently participating in a training camp in South Tyrol and Richter will feature in two friendlies as the Augsburg academy product hopes to secure a place in the final 23-man squad. Germany U21s will face a South Tyrol XI in the Italian alpine town of Natz on Friday, 7th June before facing Poland U21s behind closed doors on Monday, 10th June. If included in the final 23-man squad, Richter and Germany U21s will kick off their European Championship campaign against Denmark in Udine on 17th June (21:00 CEST). Stefan Kuntz’s side will then face Serbia in Trieste on 20th June (21:00 CEST) before finishing the group stage against Austria in Udine on 23rd June (21:00 CEST). The three group winners and the highest ranked runner-up will progress to the semi-finals. Kevin Danso could also feature at this month’s U21 European Championships after being called up to the Austria squad for the tournament. Austria will face France U21s in Hartberg on 11th June (18:45 CEST) in a final friendly to prepare for the tournament. In their final group match, Danso could face his Augsburg teammate Richter in a match that could decide which team progresses to the semi-finals. While Danso represents the U21s side, Michael Gregoritsch has been called up to the senior Austria for their two upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers. After defeats to Poland and Israel in their opening qualifying matches, Gregoritsch and his teammates will hope to get their campaign back on track with victories against Slovenia at home in Klagenfurt (Friday, 7th June – 20:45 CEST) and away in Skopje against North Macedonia three days later (Monday, 10th June – 20:45 CEST). Kostas Stafylidis has been called up to the Greece squad for their friendly with Turkey and two Euro 2020 qualifiers.  The full-back came on for Leonardo Koutris at half-time during their 2-1 friendly defeat to Turkey in Antalya. Stafylidis will also hope to feature in their two upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers in Athens. Greece host Italy on Saturday, 8th June (20:45 CEST) before facing Armenia on Tuesday, 11th June (20:45 CEST).

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Kevin Danso
Marco Richter
Michael Gregoritsch