Germany national team captain thanks Confederations Cup 2017 organizers in open letter

Julian Draxler said that he was looking forward to returning to Russia in the summer of 2018
30 June
The Germany national team captain Julian Draxler wrote an open letter in which he thanked the organizers of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, as well as all Russian fans for hosting the tournament.

"Dear Russian football fans, we were able to spend three weeks in this wonderful country, and now, at the end of the Confederations Cup in Russia, we would like to express our sincere gratitude," the letter says. "We are grateful for the excellent organisation, and for the always present sense of security. We want to thank the Local Organising Committee in Russia, all the staff at the stadiums, hotels and airports, all volunteers and, of course, you, Russian football fans."

Draxler reported that the German team was completely delighted with its stay in Russia. "It is believed that the Confederations Cup is a test run of the World Cup," he said. "After three weeks, we can say: Russia has passed this test with brilliance. There were many meetings, on the beach in Sochi and at the Kazan Kremlin: this time spent with Russian fans was very appreciated by us, the players. I also know that in vast Russia there are many more things that we should see, our itinerary this summer was limited to Sochi, Kazan and Saint Petersburg, but what we managed to see and experience got us very excited.We were able to enjoy the days on the Black Sea coast, the sun always smiled, we were able to see how big this country is - 48 times bigger than ours. And we tried to make our contribution to the Russian-German relations outside the four corner flags."

The President of the German Football Union Reinhard Grindel and Union Ambassador of the diversity Thomas Hitzlsperger visited a children's and youth educational center in Moscow. With donations of € 17,000, the existing football field will now be restored there.

German football players are looking forward to returning to Russia in 2018. "For me personally, the last days have become special," Draxler writes, "For the first time, I was able to lead the Germany national team as captain. Here in Russia, our young team grew up really, with dedication and discipline. All the players showed their best side on the field and beyond. Our summer in Russia is ciming to an end, now we only have to play the final in Saint Petersburg. We say thank you, thank you and goodbye. And today we are looking forward to returning in the summer of 2018. Kind regards, Julian Draxler".