National team: For the first time, Bierhoff no longer rules out Löw’s premature end

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For the first time, Bierhoff no longer rules out Löw’s premature end

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DFB director Oliver Bierhoff calls for more support and respect for the newly formed national team. It hurts him that the upheaval made by national coach Joachim Löw and the will of the young players are not sufficiently honored and supported.

Joachim Löw’s contract runs until 2022. So far, the DFB has left no doubt that the national coach will also fulfill this. But now Oliver Bierhoff says for the first time that there is no guarantee of this.

IYour common path at the DFB is already a long one. It was 2004 when a new era began at the association. With the engagement of Jürgen Klinsmann as national coach, a new direction was taken. Joachim Löw came to the DFB as Klinsmann’s assistant, Oliver Bierhoff for the newly created position of team manager.

When Klinsmann quit his job after the home World Cup in 2006, Löw was promoted to head coach – also at Bierhoff’s request and advice. So they have been working together for 16 years. In 2014 they crowned their work with a World Cup victory in Brazil. Now the end of the road could be near.

“We have to be measured by results”

Löw, who was considered undisputed for years, is no longer undisputed. After the preliminary round at the 2018 World Cup, criticism of him had increased – and has only died down moderately since then. With an early EM failure in the coming year, Oliver Bierhoff, who now acts as director of national teams, sees the future of the national coach in danger.

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“At the end of the day, we all have to be measured by results. Jogi knows that too. But now is not the time for a decision – the tournament is still to come, ”said Bierhoff in an interview with the“ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ”. Löw’s contract runs until the end of 2022, i.e. until the end of the December World Cup in Kater. For the first time, Bierhoff is no longer ruling out the premature end of Löw.


Joachim Löw (left) and Oliver Bierhoff have been with the DFB since 2004


Bierhoff does not want to lack support for Löw, but only until next summer for the time being. “We now have to turn the mood into a positive one. I will follow the path that the national coach has taken up to and including the European Championship, ”said Bierhoff, who is considered the manager of the 60-year-old Löw in the association’s structures.

As a possible successor to Löw, he considers his former assistant and current Bayern success coach Hansi Flick to be suitable – but not at this point in time. “Do I trust him to do that? Absolutely. Is it currently a topic? No, “said Bierhoff to” Sport1 “:” Hansi knows the DFB inside out. He has his quality and has always said how he values ​​the association. But this is currently not an issue for us or for him. “

“That speaks absolutely for the trainer”

In the past week, Bierhoff criticized the mood around the national team, which has rarely been convincing and is in a state of upheaval in the past few months. In the opinion of the 52-year-old, however, the bad mood that Bierhoff described as a “dark cloud” will not be dispelled so quickly. It will take “the hearts of the fans” back until the European Championship, he said. “It needs time. We lost trust. And to regain that doesn’t happen overnight. The great opportunities lie in a successful EM. We have to convince there ”, demanded Bierhoff.

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At the same time, the DFB director also referred to the initial successes in changing the image to be closer to the fans and to the recent sporting boom. “In 15 games there was one loss, five draws and nine wins. And that in a phase of rebuilding. That speaks absolutely for the coach, ”said Bierhoff.

The national team had won 3-1 against Ukraine on Saturday. In the last group game of the Nations League, she meets Spain on Tuesday in Seville.


FC Bayern, Fiete Arp: First use after 15 months, then the damper

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FC Bayern paid three million euros to HSV for Fiete Arp. 15 months later he finally made his first professional game for Munich. But the striker hardly needs to make hope.

Dhe former HSV striker Fiete Arp will still have to recommend himself to the second team of Munich for missions after his competitive debut in the professional team of FC Bayern.

The 20-year-old, who moved from Hamburger SV to Munich for three million euros a year ago, was substituted on by coach Hans-Dieter Flick on Thursday evening in a 3-0 win in the DFB Cup match against the fifth division 1. FC Düren in the closing stages.

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Flick reported on Friday from a conversation he had with Arp: “I think that it is simply important for Fiete that he has a home. And his home is currently the U23. “The Bayern amateurs are currently playing in the third division.

“It’s all up to him,” says Flick

“Like every other player, he knows that if he performs well in the U23, then the jump back into the professional squad is at least no worse. It is up to him what performance he brings. A goalscorer is measured by the fact that he scores goals, ”said Flick.

Fiete Arp came on against Düren in the 77th minute for the double goal scorer Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting

Fiete Arp came on against Düren in the 77th minute for the double goal scorer Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting

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Arp, who has been thrown back again and again due to injuries, has so far made 15 third division appearances at Bayern, in which he scored two goals. According to BILD, he should have ruled out a transfer or loan to another club in the summer.

He is a very fine boy with a very professional attitude, says Flick: “It is to be hoped that he can make the development in the U23 that we all hope for. It’s up to him alone. “

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FC Bayern: Söder – “I have a stomachache when it comes to the Supercup”

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Söder – “I have a stomach ache when it comes to the Supercup”

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The European Supercup in Budapest is increasingly meeting with resistance. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Söder and Bayern Munich’s coach Flick criticize Uefa harshly. The location and number of fans allowed cause displeasure.

IAn explosive duel is set to take place on Thursday in the Puskás Arena in Budapest. In terms of sport, the Supercup between Bayern and Sevilla FC promises to be an interesting duel. But the encounter is overshadowed by a debate about the meaning and purpose of the event.

The European Football Union Uefa has so far stuck to its plans to hold the final in front of spectators. The stadium capacity of 67,000 visitors should be used up to 30 percent. Both clubs have around 3000 tickets each. According to information from Sunday, around 2100 football fans want to accompany FC Bayern Munich to the capital of Hungary.

However, the project met with massive resistance. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder is already thinking about stricter quarantine rules.

So far: Anyone who has been in a risk area abroad for less than 48 hours does not have to be in a two-week quarantine at home. Everyone should think carefully about whether they really want to go there, said the CSU boss on Monday, the radio station B5 currently of the Bavarian broadcasting company. “I really have a stomachache when it comes to the Supercup.”

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Söder’s warning fits in with a prevailing opinion. Why does a game have to take place in a risk area during the corona pandemic? And why – in contrast to the previous Bundesliga start in Germany – in front of so many fans?

“Don’t get reckless”

The former European soccer champion Thomas Helmer has also criticized the scheduling of the game. He doesn’t understand why Uefa has so far insisted on holding the Supercup between FC Bayern and FC Sevilla “in Budapest of all places and with spectators,” wrote Helmer in his column for “Kicker”. “With all due understanding for the attempt to return the spectators, one shouldn’t be careless, the game could also take place elsewhere,” said the 55-year-old.

Bayern coach Hansi Flick doesn’t like the game either. “It’s something that you don’t quite understand,” said Flick after Bayern’s Bundesliga start against Schalke (8-0). “We are not the ones who make decisions, others have made them,” he said, referring to the European association.

The Robert Koch Institute classified Budapest as a risk area last Wednesday due to the high number of infections.

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Bundesliga: According to Goretzka, Bayern have to change their style of play

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According to Goretzka, Bayern have to change their style of play

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FC Bayern Munich starts the new season against FC Schalke 04. Ex-Schalke Leon Goretzka is looking forward to the new challenges, but hopes for reinforcements for the tight schedule.

The Bundesliga season starts on Friday. Despite the triplet won, national player Leon Goretzka does not believe that Bayern can maintain the previous tactics. The new season is simply too special for that.

Dhe tactic was one of her trump cards in the battle for the triple. The early start, the pressing, was something that Bayern had perfectly mastered when they first won their two national titles in the spring and then finally crowned their season in the summer – with a victory in the Champions League.

Now that the new season starts on Friday – the Munich team welcomes FC Schalke to the start – the protagonists are thinking about how things will go in the coming season. A season that poses major challenges for the players in particular, because the busy schedule not only has many games to come, but also many games in a very short time.

Bundesliga, Cup, Champions League and international matches – it couldn’t be more demanding. Leon Goretzka is sure that the load is definitely a great challenge for everyone. The national player assumes that you will need the entire squad “to get through the season”.

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Goretzka also has an idea so that Bayern can do this in an appealing and successful manner. Changes are needed, thinks Goretzka: “What you can or must think about is whether we have to change the way we play a bit. Because the pressing, which we have been playing for the past few months, to pull through over such a season without a break will be difficult if you play every two days. You need a repertoire to be able to react to something like that. That will be an issue. “

Even Löw criticizes the many international matches

Despite the problems that could potentially arise, Goretzka is optimistic about the coming season. Despite the double and the Champions League success, you are still hungry and have fun defending the title.

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As for the burden on the players, national coach Joachim Löw warned two weeks ago. Around the Nations League games against Spain (1: 1) and Switzerland (1: 1), Löw referred to the high number of games and the associated efforts for the players. He criticized the international blocks in October and November. There are three international matches within ten days – including two test matches.

He did not agree with that, said Loew. The health of the players is most important. “I’m extremely sensitive and sensitive,” said the national coach and warned that you could have a lot of injured games in March or April if you weren’t careful.