FC Schalke: Yves Eigenrauch criticizes football business and ex-club

Soccer Yves own smoke

“Naturalness, honesty and sincerity no longer seem to be in demand”

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Yves Eigenrauch played for FC Schalke for twelve years. Today the 49-year-old sees the football business more critically than ever

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Yves Eigenrauch won the Uefa Cup with Schalke 04. Since the end of his career, the ex-professional has been living rather withdrawn. In a rare interview, he now reckons with professional football. The 49-year-old calls the development of his ex-club “absurd”.

Dhe memory of the drawn out “Yyyyves” gives many fans of FC Schalke goose bumps even today. Yves Eigenrauch once played for the Gelsenkirchen team for twelve years. The defender still enjoys cult status today – also because of his always critical attitude.

In one of his rare interviews, the now 49-year-old explained why he can’t do much with today’s professional soccer business. Self-smoke also expresses himself about his former employer.

“I just lack naturalness, honesty, sincerity. In my understanding, these were always strong attributes of how football should be played. And that doesn’t seem to be in demand anymore and doesn’t seem to be practiced any more, ”said the defender, who won the Uefa Cup with Schalke in 1997, in an interview with sportschau.de. He sees such values ​​”neither at Schalke nor at some other clubs”.

Self-smoke misses straightness

Self-smoke regrets the ever-advancing commercialization in professional sport with all its excesses: “There is no longer any measure. A dimension has been reached where I ask myself, how should an 18-year-old, a 19-year-old or even a 23-year-old deal with the fact that he suddenly earns two million a year or even one million? There are dimensions, other people work for it for 20 to 30 years. “

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“Critical Mistakes”

He could never have imagined such a dramatic crash of his ex-club, which is bottom of the table fighting relegation and has a huge mountain of debt. “When it came to Schalke, I wasn’t really afraid that it would ever be so extreme. It is completely absurd for me how that can happen, ”said Eigenrauch. They just didn’t understand how to “bring in a certain continuity and straightforwardness in working with one another”.

No job in football

He would never strive for a leading position, for example at Schalke: “I played soccer, but the business as such was never my business,” said the “Eurofighter”, who was already thinking outside the box. He also doubts that he could do it better than the people involved. “And even if I could, it would take an incredibly long time.”

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Yves Eigenrauch in 1994 in the Schalke jersey. In total, he played 236 games for the club

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Self-smoke, which is rarely seen in public, also criticized the obvious pressure from the permanent presence on the Internet: “The restriction of the freedom that players have today in personal life through all this media, i.e. primarily through the Internet . Every Hansel thinks he has to take a picture. “

He himself found it “uncomfortable” in his career that after a certain point in time he was no longer able to move freely and was recognized or spoken to everywhere. “And today it’s even more extreme.”


BVB: Mehmet Scholls harsh criticism of the new coach Edin Terzic

Borussia Dortmund Criticism of the new trainer

“I can no longer hear it,” says Scholl of Terzic’s analysis

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This is how Watzke reacts to Mehmet Scholl’s criticism

Ex-national player Mehmet Scholl sharply criticized the new BVB coach Edin Terzic. For his ruthless words, Scholl gets headwind. In addition to Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke also spoke.

Mehmet Scholl is known for his pithy words. Now the former Bayern professional Edin Terzic is tackling the problem. The analysis of the new Dortmund coach is as irrelevant as the DFB would convey in its courses.

Gegen Union Berlin, Edin Terzic experienced the first defeat as coach of Borussia Dortmund. After the 1: 2, the 38-year-old now has to put up with sharp criticism of his game analysis. Sender of the tips: Mehmet Scholl.

When asked whether the Dortmund coach’s analysis convinced him, Scholl said sarcastically on the “Bild Live” broadcast “Now comes Scholl”: “I can imagine that the sun will rise again tomorrow.”

After the bitter defeat of BVB in Berlin, Terzic had said that one had to stay calm now. “What didn’t work was that we didn’t do things enough. We didn’t move the ball well and we didn’t move well ourselves. “

Edin Terzic had to watch helplessly against Union Berlin as his team made hair-raising mistakes

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This made the ball very slow. Against the standing formation of the Unioners, the ball would have had to be moved much faster from right to left.

Scholl also criticizes the DFB

When asked, Scholl justified his sarcasm and added: “That is in these words, none of this is tangible. It’s like saying that we’ve now switched from the double six to the single six with two eights, and the outside players now have to wear white shoes because they have to stay on the line. I can not hear it anymore.”

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When it came to what bothered him about today’s generation of coaches, the 50-year-old attacked the DFB’s coaching training: “I should also use this language in the football teacher training course and I refused.” the box as a penalty area, he still speaks of a diametrically tipping double six. “And I’m not saying that we have to improve, because the running routes and the running route didn’t fit today.”

At Moukoko, Scholl gets snappy

Even in the case of the 16-year-old striker Youssoufa Moukoko, Scholl did not share the Dortmund coach’s opinion. “He clearly showed what quality he has. But there is still a lot of room for improvement. We’ll try to push him as close to his limit as possible, ”said Terzic. Scholl’s biting comment: “That was about 200 euros into the phrase pig.”

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At the end of his account, Scholl then quoted Otto Rehagel, who was way ahead of his time. Rehagel always said: “Your generation of players is going home, your wife asks: How did you play? And you say: 0: 3 lost, but my interviews keep getting better. “

He is still of the opinion that football is about winning and “nothing else”.

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Leverkusen – FC Bayern: Sports betting – This is how you systematically earn money

SSince his studies, Michael Monka has been concerned with predicting probabilities. His employees at the University of Bochum researched chances of winning in gambling, and the statistician with a doctorate specialized in the area of ​​sports betting.

WORLD: Mr. Monka, you claim that sports betting is a good investment. How did you come to this conclusion?

Michael Monka: Each of us has more information about the teams in the Bundesliga, the top European leagues, and sometimes even about the clubs in the second and third leagues, than we do about Dax companies. This is a huge advantage that sports bettors have over the classic stock market. That’s why I believe that with sports betting, a return of five percent is possible without any problems, if you take certain things into account.

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Schalke 04: Bayer Leverkusen mocked defender Thiaw on Twitter

Soccer After own goal

Leverkusen ridiculed Schalke defenders with a Santa Claus saying

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The Bundesliga check after the tenth game day

While the crisis at FC Schalke 04 worsens and Leverkusen remains undefeated, Bayern are hungry for goals in the top game – all the important facts and figures for the tenth Bundesliga matchday.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Twitter account mocks Schalke’s defender Malick Thiaw. The Shitstorm is quickly followed by an apology. The offended is self-critical after the 0: 3 and finds clear words.

Dhe evening Malick Thiaw will be remembered as particularly bitter. When FC Schalke 04 lost 3-0 against Bayer Leverkusen, the defender initiated the defeat with a controversial own goal (10th). Afterwards, the 19-year-old also had to endure ridicule.

The sender: Bayer Leverkusen’s Twitter account. The factory club tweeted at 7:55 pm: “Thanks to Thiaw, Baumi, Patrik and Nikolaus, we’re taking 3 points home with us today.”

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The result was a shit storm that was followed by outraged Leverkusen fans. Bayer was therefore forced to publish an apology shortly afterwards. “Admittedly: weak tweet! It wasn’t our intention to embarrass or disrespect a player on the opposing team. We apologize to Malick Thiaw and the S04 ”, so the statement.

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Thiaw, who had been the most active Schalke player with 60 ball contacts, admitted after the final whistle that he “did a bit of a stupid” own goal, even if he had been hard pressed by Dragovic. “Of course he pushes me a bit, but I have to be smarter,” said the young defender, who found clear words.

Coach tree pissed off

“It sucks for all of us, young or old. We’ve had the situation for a while now, ”Thiaw burst out. But giving up is out of the question for him. “Now we just have to be men and have balls. Now we have to score – now or never, ”added the Finn with a view to the upcoming games.

Manuel Baum, however, was pissed off. Visibly agitated, Schalke’s coach commented on the further setback in the fight against relegation from the Bundesliga on Sunday evening.

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“We ran more, we sprinted more, we had more speed runs, we defended passionately – but the way we conceded goals and gave up the game is just too cheap,” said Baum after the 3-0 draw against Bayer Leverkusen and added honestly: “It almost sucks.”


Christian Seifert: Bundesliga is looking for a new “billionaire dealer”

ADuring the weekend, ARD ran a very profound documentary. Title: “On, on and on – Corona. The Bundesliga. The restart ”. In it, protagonists of German football tell how they experienced the past few months after the virus stopped social life in Germany in March and led to the first interruption of the Bundesliga since it was founded in 1963.

Above all, Christian Seifert, head of the German Football League (DFL), had his say and described in detail what happened in the spring when it came to the survival of German football.

The 48-minute film once again showed how much Seifert in particular got involved and acted. But a successor must now be found for the head of the DFL, who has proven himself in the crisis.

The managing director of the umbrella organization of the 36 professional clubs will not renew his contract, which ends on June 30, 2022. “The only clear decision for me is that I will open a new professional chapter,” said Seifert in an interview with BILD.

Seifert came from Karstadt

“These are challenging times that require clarity and reliability. That applies to the DFL as a whole and also to my professional ambitions, ”Seifert had previously communicated. Peter Peters, head of the supervisory board, in turn, let it be known that the supervisory board would approach the new appointment professionally without time pressure and set up a comprehensive process for this purpose.

Seifert is leading the DFL through the corona pandemic with calm and understanding

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He confirmed that the change at the top would mean a turning point. “Christian Seifert has done an outstanding job in more than 15 years”, says Peters: “and thus made a significant contribution to the success of the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga.”

In 2005 Seifert – married and father of two children – came to the DFL. He was previously CEO of KarstadtQuelle New Media AG and initially managing director rights, licenses, marketing. He soon succeeded Wilfried Straub as Chairman of the Management Board. The fact that Seifert doesn’t have a great footballing past didn’t matter then – and certainly not today.

The billionaire dealer

He tackled immediately and gave German football an immense upswing in the years that followed. The marketing of TV rights rose during his tenure from 400 million euros per season to more than one billion.

“The billionaire dealer” was the headline of “Kicker” in 2012 after a TV contract negotiated at the time and calculated that if Seifert got ten percent of a transfer like a player’s agent, he would have to receive 250 million euros. Seifert has no plans for his professional future yet. “A job at a club would not be the new professional chapter that I am aiming for,” he emphasized to the “image”. And: “I definitely rule out a change to the DFB in whatever role.”

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How competent, eloquent, well networked and strong in leadership Seifert is was shown in the Corona crisis. When football came to a standstill and the players, coaches and supervisors were forced to take a break, Seifert became the face of German football. From then on, Seifert presented at regular press conferences what the 36 professional clubs had previously advised in video conferences under his leadership, strategically clever and also with a corresponding humility towards politics and the authorities.

Seifert led DFL through the crisis

Seifert was present on German television almost every week when there was something to report about the situation in professional football. Then he sat in front of the podium, calm and collected. He allowed every question there was. “Thank you for the question,” he usually replied first and then answered. From the beginning Seifert made no secret of the seriousness of the situation. He spoke of the threat of bankruptcy if the game cannot be continued.

“We make a product. But this product, which makes a handful of young soccer players rich, also guarantees work and a livelihood for at least 56,000 other people. ”Seifert was always clear in what he communicated. But as controlled as he often seemed, everything that has happened in the past few months has of course not passed him by. But on the contrary.

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In a very personal interview, the DFL boss recently told the “Stern” how the difficult phase changed him himself. “I had a few nights with little sleep. The number of questions that came up was so great that I got up in the middle of the night and had to write everything down. ”When the Bundesliga dared to restart the world-wide acclaimed restart in May, he decided not to visit the stadium and preferred to mow at home the lawn. The pandemic was still not a trigger: “The situation of the last few months due to Corona has nothing to do with the decision.”

Watzke praises Seifert

Seifert, for whom it was “an honor and joy at the same time”, as he said on Monday, “will be able to actively shape the development of one of the largest sports leagues in the world, an important social institution and the establishment of one of the most innovative media companies in Germany” will be almost two years. now still be in office. Then he will leave big footsteps. Not only Hans-Joachim Watzke, the managing director of Borussia Dortmund, is already aware of this.

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Hans-Joachim Watzke praises Seifert for his work at a high level

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“German professional football is now asked to find a suitable successor. To replace a man like Christian Seifert, who has worked for football at such a high level for so long, 1: 1, is a difficult undertaking, “said Watzke. When asked about a successor, the promised one: “That is the task of the supervisory board. If you get my opinion or assessment, I am of course available. “

But which candidates are there? A dual leadership would be conceivable, in which the recognized DFL communications director Christian Pfennig plays a larger role. The name Michael Ilgner, previously Head of Sporthilfe, now Head of Human Resources at Deutsche Bank, is circulating.

One thing is clear: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (65), who will leave Bayern on December 31, 2021, is not available. A former club boss would always be accused of partiality anyway.


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Football Bundesliga, BVB: Marco Reus made an amazingly strong comeback

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The amazing comeback of Marco Reus

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Reus comeback! “Glad he’s back”

Marco Reus from runner-up Borussia Dortmund is set to celebrate his comeback in the friendly against Sparta Rotterdam. The national player has been suffering for seven months. According to Sebastian Kehl, Reus is symptom-free and “makes a very good impression”.

Marco Reus was injured for seven months. A few weeks ago, a return to the field hardly seemed in sight. But just in time for the start of the season, the BVB captain is back – in surprisingly good shape.

SMarco Reus showed a value in the crucial scene. When Borussia Dortmund threatened to get stuck at the dress rehearsal with a view to the start of the competitive game, the national player picked up a pass from Julian Brandt on the left edge of the penalty area, pulled inside and past two defenders of Sparta Rotterdam, took measurements – and shot the ball from 13 meters into the goal. It was BVB’s 1-0 test against the Dutch first division club – the spell was broken. In the end, Dortmund won 2-1 (0-0).

It was Reus’ first game since early February. The now 31-year-old attacking player reported back just in time for the start of the season, fueling the hope that the coming season could be a good one.

“We are all very happy that he’s ready again,” said Lucien Favre about his captain, whom he had to do without for almost the entire second half of last season. The BVB coach, who will be in his third year with Dortmund, made no secret of the fact that Reus’ long injury was a decisive reason why the championship did not work out last season. “In addition to the fact that we missed our captain and leader in the second half of the season, we especially lacked stability,” said the Swiss.

Marco Reus played against Sparta Rotterdam for around 70 minutes – coach Favre was satisfied

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In order to stabilize the defense, Favre said goodbye to the four-man defensive chain against Sparta on Monday and played again with three central defenders. As for the offensive, he can now rely on Reus again, who was able to play for 70 minutes on Monday. “We asked him at halftime if he could continue playing. He said it was okay, “said Favre, who is now hoping to be able to use Reus in the DFB Cup at MSV Duisburg next Monday and the Saturday after next in the Bundesliga opener against Borussia Mönchengladbach:” He’s had a lot of intense lately Training done with a fitness trainer. He was able to train with the team again for a few days. He is physically ready again. “

Reus injured since February

If Reus does not suffer any unexpected setbacks, another of the numerous competition comebacks of the BVB captain is imminent: Reus had to take long breaks after serious injuries – but each time he was able to report back impressively.

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This time he was incapacitated by a torn tendon that he sustained on February 4th at the DFB Cup at Werder Bremen (2: 3) – an injury that was initially classified as minor. But the rehab dragged on and on.

Just a few weeks ago, BVB sports director Michael Zorc was unable to provide a schedule for Reus. Reus himself worked most of the past few weeks individually with a special trainer, he decided not to travel to the training camp in Bad Ragaz with the team.

Now Reus is fit again. “Marco had already made a very good impression in the last training sessions with the team,” Zorc told the TV channel Sport1: “His return is very positive for the team.” In fact, Reus was the most conspicuous Dortmunder at the Bundesliga dress rehearsal against Sparta Rotterdam.

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A little refreshment: Reus is cooling down after the first game since February

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Bundesliga: New season starts with ghost games

Bundesliga Corona-Pandemie

The new Bundesliga season starts with ghost games

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Professional leagues start on September 18th

The new season of the first, second and third leagues begins on September 18, with the first DFB Cup main round taking place a week earlier. This can be seen from the general calendar that the DFB Presidium announced.

In the coming season, too, fans will initially not be admitted to the Bundesliga stadiums. Nevertheless, a return of the audience this year cannot be ruled out. Sports beyond football are particularly hard hit.

Band countries agree that major events at which contact tracing and compliance with hygiene regulations are not possible should not take place until at least the end of December 2020. However, this does not mean that the Bundesliga games have to take place as ghost games this year.

Because a working group at the level of the heads of the state chancelleries is to submit a proposal by the end of October for the uniform treatment of spectators at nationwide sporting events. The German Press Agency learned this on Thursday from the consultation round between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister.

Empty ranks in the game between BVB and Bayern – the coming season will also start with ghost games

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Since the new Bundesliga season will open on September 18 with the game between Bayern Munich and Schalke 04, the first match days will have to take place in the stadiums without spectators.

It therefore remains open for the time being whether the Bundesliga will have to play its games in front of empty spectators by the end of the year. In addition to the football clubs from the Bundesliga to the regional league, a ban would also hit the top clubs in handball, basketball and ice hockey as well as other sports that are heavily dependent on audience income.

After the planned ban on major events, the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) has announced internal consultations by the end of the year. “We take note of today’s political decisions. Experience has shown that it is advisable to wait for the concrete implementation of the countries, ”said the DEL spokesman. “We will consult with the clubs and within the committees as soon as possible.”

The DEL had already postponed the start of the season from mid-September to mid-November in the hope of being able to play in front of spectators again.

“Corona is fully back in Germany”

“Corona is back in Germany, that’s why we have to face this situation,” said Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) after the more than five-hour meeting. It “doesn’t make sense to start with spectators in September. It would send the wrong signal with an increasing number of infections. “

The 36 clubs of the German Football League (DFL) agreed at the beginning of August on a uniform procedure for the possible return of at least some spectators to the stadiums. As a central point, the clubs decided to “ensure at their games that, in the event of infections, the identity and contact details of possible stadium visitors who may be affected can be determined.” This would enable the required contact tracking.