EIn fact, it’s not just after the World Cup debacle in Qatar that German football urgently needs to look to the future. The president of the German Football Association (DFB), Bernd Neuendorf, has set up a working group for this purpose. The men’s group with him, Oliver Kahn, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Mintzlaff, Matthias Sammer, Hans-Joachim Watzke and Rudi Völler should above all find a successor to Oliver Bierhoff, who left the association after 18 years and the Cup of world. . She succeeded – in her own ranks and in an amazing way.
There was no proper personnel selection process, as Watzke candidly put it. “We sat down together,” said the DFB vice-president. “And yeah, so you see the band there and then I spontaneously said, ‘Rudi, that would actually be something for you.’ We’re pretty gutsy people. And then the stone was in the water.” Rudi Völler, actually retired from football, took a little time and then said, to the delight of the group: “If you all support him, then I’m ready.”
“I don’t always want to talk about the past”
And so Völler, the new gut director, sat on Friday afternoon, surrounded by Watzke and Neuendorf, on the podium of the DFB campus, which Bierhoff had played a major role in shaping, and spoke vaguely of his projects with the national team during the 18 months until the end of the European Championship. The 62-year-old relied on his immense experience as a national player, team manager and Bayer Leverkusen official until he quit after all the references to the past: “I don’t want always talk about the past.”
A topic from the recent past is the “One Love” captain’s armband debate. It was also a problem on Friday when we were faced with the general failure of the World Cup. Looking back, Chairman Neuendorf spoke of the turmoil the ban from world governing body FIFA sparked shortly before Germany’s first game against Japan. Suddenly, the game and its preparation were no longer the focus, but the question of how to react. Captain Manuel Neuer wore a FIFA armband and the team covered their mouths for the photo. Many saw the distraction of sport as a reason for the Germans’ once again cursed World Cup campaign.
Interior Minister Nancy Faeser sat in the stands next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino during Japan’s game in Doha and wore the “One Love” armband on her upper left arm. DFB chairman Neuendorf distanced himself from Faeser’s action during Friday’s press conference. “The Minister of the Interior has made a decision. It was their decision, which in no way agreed with us.” , in which “we did not play a good role” and said: “Even our Home Secretary should have left the ‘either.”
The next day, Faeser strongly countered the statements of the president and director of the DFB, who will not officially take office until February 1. “I don’t think Rudi Völler should do the job for FIFA. It was a protest action against FIFA and not against Qatar,” the SPD politician said at the Confederation’s New Year’s reception on Saturday. German Olympic Sports in Frankfurt. “It was important for me to show my attitude there. Of course, I had the ‘One Love’ bandage from the German Football Association. Who else?
Faeser previously explained the reasons behind his behavior at the World Cup in an interview with Sunday newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. “I wanted to lead by example for diversity, for women’s rights, for gay rights. And against FIFA for threatening players with penalties for wearing that armband of love,” she said. . “It was not something I had been thinking about for a long time,” she wore the bandage in the stands, “because for me as Minister of Sports it is crucial that we do not deal with big political issues on the backs of the players.”
In Qatar, the action of the German minister was not well received. The locals referred them to themselves. Some scoffed at wanting to see if the Germans still wore such a bandage when they signed the next gas contract. So, was Faeser’s action a spectacle? “This whole World Cup should be a brilliant show from Qatar and FIFA,” she replied in the FAS interview. “They failed, many fans turned away, and the human rights situation in the country became a big issue.” After the show you should probably ask there.
Apart from Völler’s clear criticism of his statements, Faeser also praised on Saturday that the DFB had signed their former national striker and 1990 world champion. “I am delighted that Rudi Völler has accepted this task. I believe he will contribute to a fresh start at the DFB,” the minister said.
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