The German Football Association (DFB) have said that their national team will be England’s first opponents in the new Wembley Stadium on 22 August, in 2007. Who else thinks that seems a bit optimistic? Anyway, Germany coach Joachim Low revealed last week that the game was due to go ahead even though the Football Association had not made any announcement of the fixture.
The DFB have now said via their official website that the game will take place with a 19.30 kick off.
The last game at the old Wembley was England’s 1-0 loss to Germany in 2000 after Didi Hamman skidded in a speculative freekick and Kevin Keegan cried off into oblivion.
The new stadium is set to be completed by mid-2007 after several technical setbacks and budgetary problems.
The FA have so far stayed tight-lipped about the whole thing, refusing to confirm that the game will definitely take
place. Hardly surprising if you think of the shambles surrounding the new
white elephant stadium.
Last week, an FA spokesperson told BBC Sport: "We’re not in a position
to announce anything, and have no plans to do so."
The FA hope to be able to stage the 2007 FA Cup final at Wembley, but
will not commit themselves for fear of a repeat of last season when
they were forced to move the match to Cardiff’s Millennium
In October, three parties involved in the project – the FA, Wembley
National Stadium Limited and developers Mulitplex – signed an agreement
to settle all outstanding disputes regarding construction and payments. [Mof Gimmers]