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German national team head coach Joachim Loew juggles with the ball during his team’s training session in Frankfurt Main, Germany, yesterday.
BERLIN: Germany’s players will be going to bed at dawn and training just before midnight as they prepare for their soccer World Cup qualifying game in Kazakhstan tomorrow, the team said yesterday. With a five-hour time difference between Germany and Kazakhstan, the team have been advised not to change their watches to local time once they arrive but instead stick with German time so as not to interrupt their rhythm on such a short trip.
“We have a five-hour time difference and that normally needs about five days to adapt,” said team doctor Tim Meyer. “We do not have that time and we have to go straight back to German time. Our clocks will be on German time, and the schedule with things like eating and sleeping also on German time. We have a kick-off which is good for German time but it is midnight in Kazakhstan,” Meyer said. AFP