Ice hockey – Germany Cup without Switzerland – Sport

The German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) has to accept the next cancellation for the Germany Cup in Krefeld from November 5th to 8th. Because of the increasing corona numbers, Switzerland has decided to forego all national team appointments in November. The teams from Slovakia and Russia had previously canceled their appearances at the four-nation tournament. In addition to Latvia, Norway has now also joined as a new participant. This was confirmed by the DEB, after the trade magazine had previously Ice Hockey News reported on the commitment from Norway. “At the moment we are examining possible alternatives, also in order to be able to host the tournament with four nations as usual,” said DEB President Franz Reindl.

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Commentary – The final riddle of mankind – sport

Life is complicated enough, but at least it’s gotten a little easier since the kicker published the first “Ranking List of German Football” in January 1956. This ranking list takes into account a deeply rooted human need, namely that of dividing everything for the sake of clarity, for example into the categories “World class”, “International class”, “In the wider circle” and “In the field of vision”. So maybe it is that kicker It is thanks to us that today we can fall back on so-called “rankings” in all important matters. You can find the ten best hotels for less than 80 euros just as quickly as the ten most popular oligarchs or the ten tastiest jalapeno-spinach grilled sausages that do not come from Uli Hoeneß’s production.

But if you look for the ten best footballers in history, you come across utter chaos that even the kicker can no longer manage. Sometimes the Brazilian Pelé leads a ranking, sometimes Diego Maradona, sometimes Lionel Messi. Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Alfredo di Stefano as well as fat and thin Ronaldo find their supporters depending on the jury, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would also be a worthy candidate, at least if the jury is made up of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Due to current events, the debate is just breaking out again, Pelé will be 80 years old on Friday. Again the question of the best of the best will be asked, and again: the question of the criteria.

When it comes to the number of world championship titles (three) and lifelong goals (over 1200), Pele will remain unmatched. When it comes to the ability to decide games, the choice would have to fall on Maradona, who in 1986 managed to become world champion alone in the team sport football. If you want to honor a player’s legacy as well as the quality of a player, Johan Cruyff, who gave football in Amsterdam and Barcelona the total game, or Franz Beckenbauer, who invented the Libero (or, just to ask: Manuel Neuer, who redefined the goalkeeping game?). Anyone who advocates Messi is choosing the constant genius of a club player, whose national team career would have to be forgotten in the free skate to be on the safe side – unlike rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who was European champion with Portugal and has cooler abs anyway.

The question of who is the best player in history remains the ultimate riddle of humanity, the answer lies in the eye of the beholder. Anyone who is guided by the meaning of the game (= goals) thinks of Gerd Müller; if you want to award flawless footballers who are computer-controlled, you end up with Philipp Lahm. The duo Xavi / Iniesta stands for the modesty with which an era can be shaped, and Fritz Walter was the only player after whom a weather is named.

Fritz Walter, by the way, would be 100 years old in ten days, but of course that’s nothing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be 40 next year.


TSV 1860 Munich – Giesinger Mahner – Sport

On Tuesday morning, the coach Michael Köllner was still in the fan shop of his club TSV 1860 Munich, he got a black, “a beautiful” club jacket, as he said. He liked it so much that he kept it on, but apparently he had removed the price tag. However, that was not the reason why Köllner spoke so eloquently about his visit to the fan shop. He was much more impressed by what he saw in the shop: lion supporters who marched to the exit with thick bags – “although they are currently not allowed to carry the things in the stadium”. Also in the third division top game of TSV 1860 against the second 1. FC Saarbrücken this Wednesday (7 p.m.), no fans are allowed, the seven-day incidence of Corona in Munich is currently 72.8 – and according to the Robert Koch Institute is much too high for fan approval. The lions are really hard on the fact that they haven’t been able to welcome any fans to Giesing’s heights this season. That is why the sports director Günther Gorenzel appealed to the residents of the state capital that “everyone should do their own thing” to keep the number of infections low. “We’re up against great opponents.” In Rostock at the happy 1: 1, the sixties have just seen 7,500 opposing fans, and how much they can impress. A little support at home would be fine for them.

Nevertheless, the lions must now also complete the Saarbrücken game without a spectator. “We will certainly not be given anything,” said Köllner to the upcoming opponent. However, every game in this tight league is “a brutal challenge”. Similar to Waldhof Mannheim, the Saarbrücken play in the previous season as a promoted team right at the front and recently won against Haching at the last minute. Last season they reached the semi-finals of the DFB Cup as a regional league team and only failed at Bundesliga club Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The Saarlanders were able to take the euphoria of the cup sensations into the new season – and like TSV 1860 are still without defeat. Köllner expects an opponent “with a broad chest” in Giesing. Of course, it’s not so good that the form-strong left-back Phillipp Steinhart will be missing after his yellow-red card. Köllner still left open who will replace him.


Mario Götze in the Netherlands – thought quickly and made smart – sport

Mario Götze had made a long run on the way to his first goal in a new league. His team had basically already lost the ball, but suddenly Götze, who had run forward from the middle of the field, accelerated again and ran after the ball, which a Zwolle player had returned too short to the goalkeeper. Gotze needed two ball contacts: grab the ball and pull it past the goalkeeper, one; Shoot into the goal with the instep, two. Then he could celebrate the 1-0 in the ninth minute. At the TV station NOS, Roger Schmidt, the coach of PSV Eindhoven, gave the goal the attribute it deserved: “It was a clever goal.”

When a “dream debut” was written for Mario Götze afterwards, it was a bit much more superlative, after all it was a relatively normal league game for PSV, which did not have to play against Real Madrid, but against PEC Zwolle, the bottom of the table in the Dutch league. But for Götze it was a very decent first game, which he definitely showed when his new team was 3-0 this Sunday.

He was “happy to be back on the field,” said Götze, 28, on television, “that was very, very important for me after the last few weeks and months”. Wanting to play football again was one of the topics he talked about when he was introduced a week and a half ago. He only played 30 minutes at Borussia Dortmund in all competitions this year, sometimes three, sometimes ten, sometimes eleven minutes. Now it was 67 minutes in one day, mostly in an offensive position on the right side. The fact that Götze played from the start was quite surprising: he played his last competitive game five months ago. Schmidt said that Gotze just had to play in order to get in good shape.

It’s not that PSV’s offensive wouldn’t be competitive without Götze. There are many talents in Donyell Malen, Cody Gakpo, Mauro Junior and Mohamed Ihattaren. There were even discussions about the consequences of Götze’s move for the highly talented, 18-year-old Ihattaren. The fact that Götze can give the team something was shown at 1-0 and beyond. The Eredivisie have added “a clever player and a quick thinker”, stated that Algemeen Dagblad. And with a view to the talents in the squad, the newspaper found: “If you are open to it, you can learn a lot this season from someone who has already been in the international top.” Wherever colleagues played bad passes, Götze showed his ball security. Once he freed himself from the distress with a tunnel, an action that was by no means a trick for the sake of a trick, but technically fine and profitable at the same time. “He played a good game and it was a very good start here,” said Schmidt.

In addition to Mario Götze, two other German players were involved in the win, Timo Baumgartl, formerly with VfB Stuttgart, and Philipp Max, recently with FC Augsburg. Max prepared Gakpo’s 2-0 with a pass into the middle, but slipped in another scene, which initiated a dangerous Zwolle attack. Baumgartl then straddled in the last instance and caused a penalty, which the goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo, borrowed from Leipzig, held.

And there was another story about a prominent former Bundesliga professional that match day: A man who was injured in his comeback at the beginning of the season was substituted on in Groningen after 76 minutes. His name: Arjen Robben.


Cycling: Duel on the Tour of Flanders – Sport

The series of falls in cycling continued on the Tour of Flanders: Julian Alaphilippe suffered a double broken hand. Two drivers duel for victory, whose rivalry is likely to stay with the scene for a long time.

Normally, professional cyclists have a very secure feeling about the outcome of the race, even if they cross the finish line just a few centimeters in front of or behind the competitor. But when the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel and the Belgian Wout Van Aert completed the last few meters of the Tour of Flanders after a 250-kilometer battle on Sunday afternoon, they seemed to have lost that feeling for a moment. Neither of the two cheered, and it took a moment for van der Poel to understand that he had been the one who had arrived with a minimal lead over the rival. “I’m speechless. I didn’t know if I had won. Usually I always know. But I was so exhausted,” he said after his first victory at one of the five cycling monuments.

The bike calendar is also pretty shaken this year. Usually only the Lombardy tour, “the race of the falling leaves”, is due in mid-October, but this time it already took place when the leaves were still green on the trees. The Giro d’Italia is still running, where those involved fear the progress of the corona tests carried out on the Monday rest day. The tour of Spain even starts its course, which has been shortened to 18 days, on this Tuesday. The classic round of events has been over since the Tour of Flanders on Sunday – and it delivered a very punchy completion of this season.

Recently van der Poel and Van Aert poisoned each other

The “Ronde” and its poisonous climbs often fuel dramas, this time the scene that is decisive for the dramaturgy occurred 35 kilometers from the finish. The three top favorites formed the top group after an attack, Van Aert, van der Poel and world champion Julian Alaphilippe, but after a curve, two motorcycles suddenly drove slowly on the right side of the road. Van Aert and van der Poel were able to evade, but Alaphilippe crashed into the rear motorcycle and fell to the ground, diagnosis: double broken hand.

Several stories sprang from this moment. One was that Alaphilippes’ eventful season ended in a bitter way. First the Frenchman won the yellow jersey at the Tour de France and dedicated it to his father, who had just passed away, then lost it again because he had a bottle handed to him in a forbidden place. Shortly afterwards he won the world title, now he seems to be hit by the famous “curse of the rainbow jersey”, which many other titleholders have suffered before: At Liège – Bastogne – Liège, Alaphilippe cheered too early about the supposed victory, now it came in Flanders to crash.


Table tennis – personal recommendation – sport

He had brought so many opponents to this point. The world number sixth Hugo Calderano. Jakub Dyjas from Poland, 2016 European Championship semi-finalist. German national players Dang Qiu and Ricardo Walther. Filip Zeljko has already forced them all into a fifth set, but he still lost to all of them. But Zeljko, the eternal substitute for the table tennis first division club TSV Bad Königshofen, is no longer the same as it was back then. Actually, he is no longer a substitute. On Sunday he showed his best table tennis in the fifth set. Against Emmanuel Lebesson from TTC Neu-Ulm. The European champion from 2016, a 32-year-old veteran. At 8: 2 he pulled away, his opponent seemed at a loss. The fans sang his name to the tune of “We will rock you”.

In the end his club lost the Bavarian derby anyway, wafer-thin, 2: 3 in the final doubles; “Actually a draw”, Neu-Ulm’s club boss and investor Florian Ebner is said to have judged in the hall. For Neu-Ulm it was a confirmation that the club already had a more than competitive squad in its second TTBL year. Nonetheless, Zeljkos 11:13, 4:11, 11: 8, 11: 8, 11: 6 success against Lebesson for the 2-0 lead for Bad Königshofen was probably the most remarkable chapter of the evening.

Filip Zeljko is playing for Lower Franconia in the fifth year. His turbulent career seemed to be over, it’s easy to forget that the Croatian is still only 23. He had been kicked out of the national squad years ago, had worked a little as a model and kept himself fit for the occasional temporary assignment in the TTBL. At that time he already had extraordinarily dangerous serves and a tough forehand, which in combination was often enough to dup established professionals for one or two sentences – but almost never to win a match. When team manager Andreas Albert was faced with the decision a year and a half ago to continue employing Zeljko or the Hungarian Bence Majoros, everything spoke for Majoros, the younger, more successful one. Only one advisor urgently recommended to Albert at the time that he should rely on Zeljko, who had the greater potential and would certainly be able to help him better as soon as he would only put sport back at the center of his life – and that was Zeljko himself At that time Albert trusted the Croatian who doubted the club, which is why victories like the one against Lebesson are particularly close to him.

Actually, all eyes should have been on Abdel-Kader Salifou that evening. The 30-year-old Frenchman had a somewhat mixed first TTBL season in Neu-Ulm, after which his contract was not extended. When the Japanese Mizuki Oikawa in Bad Königshofen surprisingly asked to terminate his contract, the decision was made there to sign Salifou. An emotional player who might experience a boost in a family club and in front of a frenetic audience. But Salifou is lagging behind after surviving Covid 19 disease. He had no chance against his former teammate Tiago Apolonia on Sunday, the guests made it 1: 2 with 8:11, 6:11, 5:11. “He was often late,” said Albert. Salifou is still waiting for his first win of the season.

What the squad of the TTC Neu-Ulm has to offer is clear. Lebesson was the individual, the Portuguese Apolonia team European champion, and Vladimir Sidorenko, 18, one of the greatest European talents. In Bad Königshofen, Bastian Steger, 39, is in first place the greatest constant. The club has to bet that Salifou, Kilian Ort or Zeljko will surpass themselves behind them. Kilian Ort has already succeeded in two of his three previous singles, he has a real run. His short-term failure due to a foot injury was bitter for the hosts.

Steger, the four-time team European champion, showed Sidorenko in three straight sets limits on Sunday, but then lost to 2-2 against Lebesson, because he did not succeed in attacking his backhand. Not quite as good as Zeljko before, who has now won his second individual after the start against Fulda, certainly the best he has ever shown in this league. Albert noted that he had improved his footwork, the serves had become even more variable and his self-confidence had grown. Zeljko stands close to the table, cannot be pushed back, not even by Lebesson’s dreaded forehand topspins, which he usually answered with short, fast movements as counter spins. Often he even risked that from unfavorable positions with his weaker backhand. That is also a difference from before.

“I train a lot,” explains Zeljko, “I try to give my opponent little time, make fewer mistakes than before, and no longer give easy points.” Neu-Ulm’s team manager Nadine Berti was also amazed: “I’ve never seen him so strong.” Lebesson confirmed to her how hard it was. In doubles with Salifou, Zeljko took on the leading role to lead the 2-0 set, before Apolonia on the other hand pulled the teenager Sidorenko so far that the guests turned this match to 9:11, 10:12, 11: 7, 12: 10, 12:10.

It’s a shame that it wasn’t enough for the overall victory, regretted Zeljko. It was “a game of goose bumps”, Albert thought. The 120 admitted spectators would have sounded like 500. And they sang Zeljko’s name.


Second division club with a draw at Millerntor – Sport

First Regensburg, then Darmstadt – now St. Pauli: 1. FC Nürnberg (left Nürnberg’s Fabian Nürnberger in a duel with Max Dittgen) lost another lead. The team of coach Robert Klauß did not get past a 2: 2 (1: 1) on the 4th matchday in the second division despite a good performance, after Manuel Schäffler (8th) left the club on his debut and Johannes Geis (49. ) initially shot twice with a penalty kick. But Rodrigo Zalazar (28th) with a penalty and Daniel Buballa (78th) equalized for the Kiezkicker in front of 1000 fans. Both teams have to wait for their second win of the season. St. Pauli ranks seventh in the table. Nürnberg, which gave a lead against Regensburg (1: 1) and against Darmstadt (2: 3), here also twice, is ninth.

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Moukoko insulted: “Will take action” – sport

At the Bundesliga derby at Borussia Dortmund next Saturday, Schalke will only have a substitute audience. That is sad for everyone involved, although not necessarily every fan has to be welcome, as the events at the U19 junior derby on Sunday showed. Dortmund’s 3-2 win did not attract international attention because the 15-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko scored all the goals. But because some people among the 300 visitors abused him badly.

Whether there were racist insults among the curses and threats, and who was responsible, is now being determined at Schalke’s club headquarters. The tickets can be assigned by name. While sports director Jochen Schneider apologized on behalf of the club, condemned the incidents and announced further steps (“We will take the necessary measures”), Moukoko received solidarity addresses from prominent professionals such as the German national players Jérôme Boateng and Antonio Rüdiger. The Dortmund managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Monday: “Schalke will continue to pursue this. I have accepted the apology.”

Moukoko himself commented on Instagram on Monday. Even if a derby is emotional for players and fans, “the sport should connect us and be fun and not set any boundaries between us,” he said. “These are not football fans, but people who want to spread hatred.” He won’t let it get him down and will continue to do what he enjoys: play football and score goals. For the DFB Vice President Günter Distelrath, the insults are unbearable. “This is one of those cases where we have to position ourselves together and stand in front of the player.” The independent sports judiciary should send a clear signal, he said on Monday.

In spite of everything, Schalke would have preferred to concentrate on the sport, although some Schalke supporters sighed quietly when they summed up the results of the previous transfer period: In addition to the honorable gray but no longer needed penalty area veteran Vedad Ibisevic, the club hired one young defender named Kilian Ludewig, who comes from the extensive inventory of FC RB Salzburg, as well as two players who were currently considered redundant at Eintracht Frankfurt: the center forward Goncalo Paciencia and the goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow. Four very different footballers, who all share one important characteristic: They were the cheapest reinforcements that the proud but impoverished Ruhr region giant could afford, although in the case of Ibisevic there is hardly any question of costs: His basic salary is 6000 euros and is only paid out for insurance reasons. And because he originally offered to forego a salary, the 36-year-old attacker announced that he would donate the minimum wage. His move from Hertha BSC Berlin to Gelsenkirchen definitely has symbolic value: it is like a charitable mission.

In the game against Union Berlin on Sunday, the entire quartet of newcomers was used, and each individual had their share in the fact that the game was seen everywhere as a start to get out of the crisis despite the modest earnings – at least wherever royal blue for the most beautiful Color of the world is held. The 1-1 draw did not end the series of games without a win, the anniversary number has now been reached, but Schalke is currently grateful for little. The professionals played the game again as a team sport instead of an individual sport, which was definitely a step forward. In the club headquarters, one of the Schalke players spoke of “a spark of hope” and the other even of a “small, big step”. Coach Manuel Baum left it at the technical level: “It was a good fighting game. We scrubbed kilometers and put in many sprints , but there is still plenty of room for improvement in terms of play. “

If he had poured himself a glass of Äppelwoi from the Bembel after the press conference and said a toast to Frankfurter Eintracht and their sports director Fredi Bobic, it would not only have been an original, but also a fitting act. The Frankfurters have provided their traditional Schalke club colleagues with development and survival aid, so to speak. The Eintracht envoy Paciencia rendered maximum service as a substitute: First he brought life to the offensive series that had been largely motionless until then, then he scored the goal to make it 1-1. But without his Frankfurt companion, the also loaned Dane Rönnow, who was on duty instead of the injured Ralf Fährmann, this goal would hardly have existed – because without his parades the game would have slipped away from the Schalke players long before.

It was not without reason that Berlin goalkeeper Andreas Luthe “got the feeling that we had given away two points” after the final whistle. While Luthe could not prove that he was rightly preferred to Loris Karius, because hardly a shot reached his goal, Rönnow was always very busy. At 0: 1, the critics argue about whether he calculated the cross incorrectly, but here again Manuel Neuer’s command applies: only goalkeepers can judge it seriously. Rönnow’s calm and concentrated charisma, on the other hand, was conveyed to the eye of every beholder. It will be difficult for Fährmann to return to his old position, even if Baum supposedly leaves the goalkeeper question open: Rönnow was “in a good position” and “with Ralf you have to see how the injury goes on,” said the coach. The goalkeeper issue is a sensitive issue, Fährmann is the owner of old merits and a recognized cheater, Rönnow is currently only a loaner.


FC Augsburg – Striker in short supply – Sport

The situation at FC Augsburg was actually still very satisfactory on Saturday shortly before 6 p.m. Well, after the 2-0 defeat against RB Leipzig, the FCA was no longer in a place in the table that would qualify for participation in the Champions League – but the premier class was not one of the declared goals of the season anyway. The category of goals was more likely to hear sentences like this from Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann, who compared FC Augsburg in October 2020 with FC Augsburg from July: “I think they have improved, as far as I can judge, “said Nagelsmann. The FCA is currently “incredibly hard-working”, especially in their own half of the field, and even for a team with strong combinations like Leipzig there is “just little space”.

Heiko Herrlich, sitting next to Nagelsmann, should have liked to hear that. Except for the fact that his team, unlike the win against Dortmund at the end of September, had too few ball conquests and thus too few scoring chances and relief, Herrlich could also be satisfied. It was only in the last 20 minutes of the game that the Augsburgers had proven their skills on the counterattack, which was due to the fact that Leipzig was no longer as present in the pressing – and the staff at FCA had been replaced.

Herrlich started the game somewhat surprisingly without striker Florian Niederlechner, who “complained about problems last week” and should therefore not play for more than 90 minutes, as Herrlich later announced. Fredrik Jensen, who was with the Finnish national team during the international break, was in the starting line-up for Niederlechner. At Jensen you “noticed that he was missing the freshness,” said the coach. In any case, Niederlechner made the better impression in the final phase against the Leipzig defense, as did Ruben Vargas, who had come into play for André Hahn. A stable defensive and up front players like Niederlechner, Vargas or the Icelander Alfred Finnbogason, that was a promising constellation in the first games of the new season, which was now interrupted by the international break – and by Finnbogason’s renewed injury.

Originally, Augsburg had assumed a short failure, but shortly before 6 pm on Saturday, Herrlich explained why the satisfactory situation at FCA might have a qualifying “actually” added: At Finnbogason it was an injury, “it wasn’t treatable in a week or ten days, “said Herrlich. Although he is a “medical layman”, a closer examination has shown that the downtime could last several weeks. Manager Stefan Reuter specified this again, from four to six weeks he spoke: “You have to wait for the healing process and see how he tolerates the stress.”

Herrlich therefore emphasized that he had to be careful with his strikers in the coming weeks. Letting Niederlechner play only 40 minutes in spite of its obvious importance is necessary in such situations: “Everything so that we will still have a striker in the near future.” A role that Jensen can also play, whom Herrlich only really got to know in the summer: “Freddie (Jensen, d. Red.) was hurt a long time when I came. Now we’ve got him stable. “Despite the renewed injury to Finnbogason, who had missed 13 games due to injuries in the past season alone, the coach did not seem worried because, as described, the situation at FCA has to be unnecessarily dramatized, including a deserved defeat against the leaders of the Bundesliga and the injury of the best striker.

The main reasons for this are, on the one hand, the much more stable defense compared to last season, but also the competitive relationship on the flank: Daniel Caligiuri has his place safe and was one of the best Augsburgers against Leipzig. In addition, three players in Marco Richter, Ruben Vargas and André Hahn duel for a place. Hahn was not able to convince against Leipzig throughout, but Vargas and Richter provided a lot more traction in the final quarter of an hour. And that is exactly what FC Augsburg will need in the coming weeks in the absence of strikers.


Daniel Barenboim: “They had an orchestral sense” – sport

Interview by

Javier Cáceres

As a boy, Daniel Barenboim snuck into a sold out house. Unlike many children in the story, he didn’t slip through people’s legs into a football stadium, but rather scurried into the Festspielhaus in Salzburg to hear a concert. Music, his passion, would later become Barenboim’s profession: he grew up to be a genius of his time. Since 1992 he has been artistic director and general music director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. At the same time, Barenboim has always had another passion: football. In a sense, he once said that he had “led a double life”: “piano in the morning, football in the afternoon”. Football still moves him today, and when the SZ suggested that he talk about the entanglements between the two worlds, he immediately invited him to his office at the Barenboim Said Academy. To appear in the sports section, he said twice during the conversation, which took place shortly before a concert in the Pierre Boulez Hall, was an honor for him.