August 14, 2003 - Germany meets the Netherlands for a tough pre-European Championship test on Friday and Saturday but this time with the services of their now injury-free captain Stefan Hübner.
Matches are to be played in Luxemburg's Centre National Sportif, both at 2000 hours.
Hübner, who plays in the Italian professional league has been troubled by a back injury and missed recent international friendlies against Romania but rejoins the 14-man cadre of national trainer Stelian Moculescu for the matches against Netherlands.
"The Dutch have a very good core squad that can challenge the best in the world on a good day," said Moculescu of the team that won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The lineup includes three players he described as "world class" - Reinder Nummerdor, Richard Schuil and Guido Görtzen stehen all who play in the Italian League.
The Netherlands will also play at a four-nation tournament in Warsaw, Poland (Aug 21-25) with Germany, Poland and Spain as teams concentrate on the last phase of their preparation for the European championship.
"I want to go to Poland with the 12 players that will compete at the European Championship," said Moculescu.
To wrap up their preparation for their 'home' European championship, the German team will play friendlies with Olympic champions and European title defenders Serbia and Montenegro in the German cities of Münster (Aug 30 at 1800) and Trier (Aug 31 at 1530).
Moculescu has called up the following players for the match with Netherlands: Stefan Hübner (Trento/Italy), Norbert Walter (Parma/Italy), Björn Andrae (Cuneo/Italy) Christian Pampel (Loreto/Italy), Wolfgang Kuck (Sete/France), Frank Dehne (Rennes/France), Mark Siebeck (Olsztyn/Poland), Ralph Bergmann, (Roeselare/Belgium), Georg Wiebel (Maaseik/Belgium), Till Lieber (evivo Düren), Ilja Wiederschein (VfB Friedrichshafen), Marco Liefke, Eugen Bakumovski, Sebastian Prüsener (all SCC Berlin).