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Egypt's World Cup opponents Saudi Arabia to face Germany in friendly

AP , Ahram Online , Friday 26 Jan 2018
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Germany will play Saudi Arabia in its last friendly game before it begins its World Cup defense in Russia.

The German soccer federation (DFB) says Joachim Loew's side will play Saudi Arabia, which will also take part in the tournament, in Leverkusen on June 8, six days after it faces Austria in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Loew says, ''In Saudi Arabia we'll face a different way of playing and mentality - one that we don't know so well but will have to adjust to at the World Cup. I assume Saudi Arabia will not give us any presents, especially as the team will play the World Cup opening game against Russia a few days later.''

DFB president Reinhard Grindel referred to the political situation involving Saudi Arabia, saying, ''We know about the difficult human rights situation in this country and about the regional conflicts. Nevertheless, the foreign office encouraged us to go ahead with this game. Saudi Arabia is experiencing a remarkable process of openness, which is being supported by many European countries.''

Saudi Arabia will play in Group A along with hosts Russia, Egypt and Uruguay. Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F. 

The World Cup begins on June 14.

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