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10.01.2014·12:30·National Team Men

Benefit match against Armenia in Mainz

Goalgetter of Armenia: Mkhitaryan (2.f.r.)  © imago
Goalgetter of Armenia: Mkhitaryan (2.f.r.)

The German national team will contest a benefit match against Armenia on 6 June 2014 in Mainz, making it the first full international to be played in the city. The DFB Egidius Braun Foundation will organize the fixture, with the proceeds going to the various foundations of the DFB and the League Association. The match will be national team's final fixture before they jet off for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

"We're delighted to have concluded our plans for the World Cup with this a third friendly against Armenia following the ones against Poland and Cameroon", said DFB Secretary General Helmut Sandrock. "The match isn't just important from a sporting point of view. The proceeds from the game will ensure the foundations are able to continue their excellent work and various projects into the future."

Benefit matches have a long tradition in Germany. The national team have been playing for a good cause since 1998, beating Uruguay 2-1 in the last edition in Sinsheim in 2011. Profits were split between the three DFB foundations and the Bundesliga Foundation, as well as the Robert Enke Foundation and the Fritz Walter Foundation.

Armenia currently lie 35th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings and earned victories against Denmark and the Czech Republic among others in their FIFA World Cup qualifying group – thanks in no small part to Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Germany have won each of their two previous meetings with Armenia, winning 5-1 away and 4-0 at home in qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

The match in Mainz completes the national team's pre-FIFA World Cup 2014 schedule:
5 March 2014: Friendly - Germany vs. Chile in Stuttgart
13 May 2014: Friendly - Germany vs. Poland in Hamburg
21 May 2014: Start of training camp in Passeiertal in South Tirol
1 June 2014: Friendly - Germany vs. Cameroon in Mönchengladbach
6 June 2014: Benefit match - Germany vs. Armenia in Mainz
7 June 2014: Depart for Brazil

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