Low to miss Germany’s upcoming qualifiers

first_imgGermany coach Joachim Low will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia after he was injured in a “sporting accident”.The German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed Low’s treatment is proceeding well, but the 59-year-old has been advised by doctors to rest for the next month.Low will be replaced by his assistant Marcus Sorg and goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke for the trip to Borisov on June 8 and subsequent visit of Estonia three days later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Nevertheless, Low plans to remain in contact with them and team manager Oliver Bierhoff around the fixtures.”I’m feeling well again, but I have to relax a bit over the next four weeks,” Low said in the DFB’s statement.”I’m in constant contact with my coaching team, and we’ll be in close contact with each other around the two matches.”Marcus Sorg, Andy Kopke and Oliver Bierhoff have a lot of experience and together we will bridge this short break. “Bundestrainer Joachim Löw wird bei den kommenden beiden EM-Qualifikationsspielen gegen Belarus und Estland durch seinen Assistenztrainer Marcus Sorg vertreten.Alle Infos https://t.co/2LgDS81354 pic.twitter.com/hB2lUokOyR— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) May 31, 2019Bierhoff remains confident everything will run smoothly despite Low’s absence, and that all decisions will be discussed with him.He added: “The most important thing is that Jogi will be fit in a couple of days, and even though you know he would like to be at the training ground it is right for him to relax.”Marcus Sorg and Andy Kopke know the procedures and the team very well, they discuss everything closely with Jogi anyway.”Germany began their Group C campaign with a 3-2 win away to Netherlands in March, as they set out to eradicate the underwhelming 2018 World Cup campaign from their memories.Northern Ireland lead the pool heading into the next round of fixtures, having won both of their first two matches.last_img read more

No Recovery for LNG Shipping Rates until 2018

first_imgzoom Liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipowners will have to wait until 2018 for earnings to improve, when the majority of new US plants are expected to come online, according to the LNG Forecaster report from global shipping consultancy Drewry.The first quarter of 2016 was no better than the previous quarter for LNG shipowners as spot rates remained low at around USD 30,000pd.During the quarter two new liquefaction plants, Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) and US Sabine Pass LNG, began operations, however the freight rates for LNG carriers remain low despite the new liquefaction trains coming online.“The ramping up of Australian LNG exports will not bring any respite to LNG shipowners given the short-haul voyage distance between Oceania and Asian markets,” Drewry said.“Inflated fleet growth over the last few years has led to a supply glut, which will keep the rates under pressure until 2017.”Moreover, the recent commencement of exports from Train 1 at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal is not expected to increase LNG shipping demand as the cost economics of importing LNG into Asia from the US are unfavourable. The landed cost of US LNG, without mark-up, at current Henry-Hub and bunker prices is around USD 6 per MMBtu, while the spot price in Asia is currently between USD 4 and USD 5 per MMBtu.“Based on the above considerations, we believe that the majority of the cargo from Train 1 will land up in either Europe or Latin America, for two reasons. First, demand from Far East Asian countries is weak, and second, in the current low-price environment it does not make much sense to import from the US. Thus, if this happens, tonne-mile demand will be one-third of what it would be if exports went to Asia,” said Shresth Sharma, Drewry’s lead LNG shipping analyst.“All in all, the additional export volume is not expected to have any major effect on LNG shipping rates as this is being matched by vessel deliveries. Therefore, our outlook is that the market must wait till 2018 for more US plants to come online, as only large production capacity will consume inflated vessel supply,” added Sharma.last_img read more