Hoeneß complains about the “swan song” on Neuer
01/22/2023 1:33 p.m.
Germany’s hottest and loudest football icon is a guest on ‘Doppelpass’ – and Uli Hoeneß is up to the task. FC Bayern’s honorary president is emotional, especially over Manuel Neuer’s injury and goalkeeper issues with the record champions.
Uli Hoeneß strongly criticized the “swan song” of national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. “I find it very strange and unbelievable. Until a few months ago he was for me the best goalkeeper in the world, now everyone is questioning him,” said the honorary president of Bayern Munich in the “double pass” from Sport1. It is certain that the discussion of a possible end to the career of the currently injured goalkeeper of the record champions and the DFB-Elf will lead “Manuel to work even harder, even hotter on his return. Then we will see who will be in the purpose in the fall will be.”
Whether Neuer made a mistake on the ski tour, where he broke his leg, is undisputed, Hoeneß said, but: “Despite everything, one should not forget what this man did for Bayern. ” This must be taken into account when assessing the financial consequences for the club. “A million or two doesn’t matter. People are the most important thing, then the money comes – not the other way around!”
Hoeneß advises keeping Choupo-Moting
Hoeneß finds it “strange” and “impossible” that the question of whether Neuer can return to regular status in the upcoming season is currently under discussion. With Yann Sommer, the club found “an optimal solution” to the situation. For everything else “I would ask for a little more patience”.
He also took a clear stance on another Bayern topic: the striker issue: the former football creator doesn’t believe in a transfer of Harry Kane to Bayern Munich. “He’s a great player,” Hoeneß said, “but that’s an order of magnitude – I know Manchester City gave up at 140 or 150 million last year and I can’t imagine those are amounts that FC Bayern wants to pay or can.” Kane still has a contract with Tottenham Hotspur until 2024. Bayern have been looking for a new permanent solution for the centre-forward position since Robert Lewandowski left last summer.
The position is currently held by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, whose contract ends this summer. Hoeneß advises Bayern, who are negotiating an extension with the Cameroon international, to tie him down longer – if necessary another two years, as the 33-year-old striker had hoped. “Eric helped FC Bayern in a difficult situation, nobody believed it,” Hoeneß said: “That’s why I think you should try, even if it’s a second year.” The Munich team usually only offers players over 30 an extra year.
Flick can use a man like Völler
Hoeneß is also passionate about the national team. He believes that with new manager Rudi Völler, the DFB team will once again become the “powerhouse” of German football. “In any case,” said Völler, who was introduced on Friday, is the good one in the current situation of the DFB selection which failed at the World Cup in Qatar, Hoeneß said. Völler “knows football” and is also not so easily attacked. “It’s important that you can handle a lot of media,” Hoeneß said.
After the poor performance in the World Cup, it is “a great chance” that “many clubs are doing well in international competitions and can absorb something”, said Hoeneß, referring to the seven clubs in the round of 16 of the European Cup competitions. National coach Hansi Flick’s team will eventually have to take the lead “like a locomotive”. “I think Hansi needs someone next to him to help him when things get tough,” Hoeneß said of Völler’s commitment.
The DFB must continue to “double track”, said Hoeneß. “One thing is sport, in a year and a half there will be a European Championship. (…) The second thing is the structure of the DFB, which must be changed.” The 71-year-old cited the DFB academy, the promotion of young talents and the ‘outside images of the national team’ as examples. The DFB should consider starting friendlies until the EM at more fan-friendly times. “You can’t have it all,” Hoeneß said, referring to TV deals, which are supposed to be more profitable at late kick-off times. “If you want to reinterest young people in football, you cannot show an international match at 9 p.m. unless it is absolutely compulsory.” “A spirit of optimism” must be created around the national team.
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