Germany have unveiled their plan for the build-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ by announcing the staging of two training camps in Italy and three warm-up matches.
Joachim Low's team will first face Malta in Aachen on 13 May before the squad jets out to Sicily for a week-long training camp, to which family members will also be invited, on 14 May.
The squad will then transfer to Sudtirol in northern Italy from 21 May until 2 June, during which time a friendly with Hungary has been arranged in Budapest on 29 May.
We have agreed warm-up matches with three interesting opponents and the two training camps in Sicily and Sudtirol will also provide us with attractive conditions.
Low's squad will return to Germany on June 2 in time for their final warm-up game against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Frankfurt 24 hours later, with the flight from the same city to Johannesburg scheduled for 6 June.
"I am glad that we have been able to finalise our plans for the World Cup according to our wishes," commented Low. "We will therefore be able to prepare for the World Cup in the best possible way.
"We have agreed warm-up matches with three interesting opponents and the two training camps in Sicily and Sudtirol will also provide us with attractive conditions to be able to concentrate on working specifically with the World Cup squad."