Wolfsburg’s sprint ace Baku: “I’m happy to be one of the best again”

Zurück im DFB-Team: Ridle Baku (l.) freut sich auf sein Debüt unter Neu-Bundestrainer Hansi Flick.

For seven VFL Pros on Sunday after a 1-0 win against RB Leipzig, things went into rapid succession, and they quickly made their way to their national teams. This is the international break. Renato Stefan with Switzerland and Vout Weghorst with Netherlands will start on Wednesday. Riddle Baku will be with DFB-Elf for the first time on Thursday. Specifically here: The trio tackles their tasks with a new instructor.


The new national coach, Hansi Flick, who replaced Jogi Lo (in office from 2006 to 2021), nominated Baku for the upcoming games in World Cup qualifying – the winger is pleased. “I am happy to be one of the best again,” the Wolfsburg-born said at a news conference, recalling his senior national team premiership in November. “I tasted my debut and worked again with a good performance.” It starts on Thursday (8.45 pm) for Baku & Co against Liechtenstein in St. Gallen.

Baku is planned for a right-back position in the DFB-Elf – he most recently played on the offensive right wing in the VfL. But the professional remains calm, playing where he is set. “Last season I often got it right and collected some points. I define myself as a strong offensive player who also fights well defensively,” said Wolfsburg’s No. 20.

The day before the German national team (at 8.45), VfLer Weghorst is in action with the Netherlands in Norway. But no longer with Frank de Boer, who took the VfL striker to the European Championship in the summer after initial hesitation. Now Louis van Gaal is in charge. “I don’t really know Louis van Gaal,” was Still lowest in July PlayBUZZER interviewed and reported: “He was once in a game in Alkmaar. I was happy afterward because I scored two goals at the time. I met him briefly after the game and he congratulated me at that time.” It was a great moment for me to meet him, after all he is a particularly successful coach.”

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At the same time as Weghorst, Stefan is challenged with Switzerland to a test match against Greece – that too with a new coach. Murat Yakin took over the coaching position from Vladimir Petkovic (now Girondins Bordeaux), who led the confederations’ fortunes for seven years and is the Swiss record coach with 78 international matches. After the knee injury of Kevin Mbabu and the resignation of Admir Mehmedi, Stefan is the only Wolfsburgh in the Swiss team this time.

In addition to the trio, Coen Castells, newcomer Dodi Lubaccio (both Belgium), John Anthony Brooks (USA) and youngster Anselmo García McNulty (Ire U21) are in action.

These VfLers are working with their national teams:

Wout Weghorst with Netherlands
In Norway (World Cup qualification), Wed, 8.45 pm.
vs Montenegro (World Cup quali), Saturday, 8:45 pm.
Against Turkey (World Cup qualification), 7 September, 8:45 pm.

Renato Stefan with Switzerland
Against Greece (Test match), Wednesday, 8.45 pm.
Against Italy (World Cup qualification), Sun., 8.45 pm.
In Northern Ireland (World Cup qualification), 8 September, 8:45 pm.

Riddle Baku with Germany
against Liechtenstein (World Cup qualification at St. Gallen), Thursday, 8.45 pm.
Against Armenia (World Cup qualification), Sun., 8.45 pm.
In Iceland (World Cup qualification), September 8, 6.45 pm.

Coen Castells and Dodi Lubacchio with Belgium
In Estonia (World Cup qualification), Thursday, 8.45 pm.
Against Czech Republic (World Cup qualification), Sun., 8.45 pm.
Against Belarus (World Cup qualification in Kazan), 8 September, 8:45 pm.

John Anthony Brooks with the United States
In El Salvador (WM-Quali), Fr., 4.05 Uhr
against Canada (World Cup qualification), Monday, 2 pm.
9 September in Honduras (World Cup qualification) at 4.05 am.

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Ireland’s U21. Mac Nalti with Anselmo Garcia
In Bosnia-Herzegovina (EM-Quali), Fri, 4.30 pm.
In Luxembourg (EC-quali), 7 September, at 4 pm.

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