De Medina – Bielefeld’s third approach – sport

Bundesliga promoted Arminia Bielefeld has committed the third access. Belgian defensive player Nathan de Medina is a free transfer from Royal Mouscron. The 22-year-old had hardly been deployed by the German coach Bernd Storck in the 2018/19 season, under his successor Bernd Hollerbach he became a regular player. De Medina has played for Belgium in the U21s. “Nathan is an athletic and tackled player who can play in multiple positions,” said coach Uwe Neuhaus. Bielefeld had previously signed Jacob Laursen from Odense BK and Christian Gebauer from the Austrian first division club SCR Altach.


Schedule – Bundesliga from September 18 – Sports

The new season of the Bundesliga, 2nd and 3rd leagues begins on September 18, a week before the first DFB Cup main round takes place. Due to the tight time window this season, the winter break 2020/2021 will be significantly shortened. The last matchday of the year is scheduled for the weekend from December 18 to 21 in all three leagues. The second round of the cup (22/23 December) marks the end of the football year 2020. There is a mini-winter break before the second game day continues on January 2. In the second half of the season, two games a week are planned for the Bundesliga and 2nd division. The cup final will take place on May 13, 2021, but in exceptional cases will not be the end of the season, as the last game day in the Bundesliga will only take place on May 22, 2021.


Handball – Hannover without European Cup – Sport

Handball Bundesliga club TSV Hannover-Burgdorf will not start in the European Handball League. “Taking a realistic look at all the factors, we came to the conclusion that the organizational, health and financial risks could pose a risk of overloading our organization,” said managing director Korsen. Hanover would have intervened in the qualification round in mid-September, for which the club qualified as fourth of the canceled Bundesliga season. “The team is understandably very disappointed with the decision,” said international Fabian Böhm, 31, but calls the waiver “the safest decision from an economic perspective.”


3. Liga – Drama in Chemnitz – Sport

The final matchday of the third division not only brought the expected drama in the struggle for promotion – a furious final chord was also set in the relegation battle.

The last matchday of the third division brought the expected drama not only in the struggle for promotion. In the relegation battle, Chemnitz FC got under the wheels after a furious final chord. As the fourth and last club after Münster, Großaspach and Jena, Chemnitz has to make its way into the regional league. Despite the 4: 2 (0: 0) win against Hansa Rostock, the Saxons missed the jump to the saving bank. In the remote duel, FSV Zwickau’s 0: 0 at Waldhof Mannheim was enough thanks to the goal difference one goal better. It was “completely empty,” said the deeply disappointed CFC coach Patrick Glöckner: “If you descend because of two goals, and after such a corona phase, it is extremely bitter and very painful.”

Ingolstadt, however, may relegate against the second division 16. 1. FC Nürnberg (July 7th / 11th) still hope for the promotion. “We now have another huge opportunity to make up for what we screwed up last year,” said coach Tomas Oral before the first leg in Nuremberg on Tuesday evening (6.15 p.m. / ZDF, DAZN and Amazon Prime) at Magenta Sport. FC Ingolstadt had failed as a second division team in 2019 at SV Wehen Wiesbaden.


Simon Rolfes before the cup final: We have a chance! “- Sport

Leverkusen’s sports director Simon Rolfes speaks before the cup final against FC Bayern about brave transfers, prejudices against Bayer 04 – and what he does should Kai Havertz leave the club.

SZ: Mr. Rolfes, do you still remember where your first business trip went after you were promoted to sports director quite abruptly by the junior manager at Bayer 04 a year and a half ago?


Athletics – Coe loses patience – sport

For a long time, world leader Sebastian Coe was forgiving with Russia’s athletes. Now their association refuses to pay a fine for continuing doping – and even banishment from the world association is possible.

Sebastian Coe knows how to move on the diplomatic stage, at the latest since he was raised to the nobility in 2000 and when Baron von Ranmore was given a seat in the British House of Lords for life. Even as President of the World Athletics Association World Athletics (WA), the two-time 1500-meter Olympic champion was always eloquent; the newspaper Independent even invented the term “weasel words” for him, “weasel words” because what he said was difficult to grasp. But now the agile Lord Coe has formulated what he thinks of the Russian Athletics Association (Rusaf): “We are very disappointed.”

By Wednesday, the Rusaf should have fined $ 5 million and $ 1.3 million in procedural costs imposed by the World Association in March for continuing doping offenses. “Unfortunately, we were unable to find the money,” said Rusaf President Yevgeny Yurchenko to the Russian news agency Tass. Perhaps he would have soothed Coe and Co. if he had explained this to them too, but he obviously does not have that, as the WA announced on Thursday: they had neither received the money “nor information about when it could be paid, despite of several memories “.

The world association has now put on hold all measures that it has initiated for the re-socialization of the Russian association, which has been suspended since 2015 – including the program that has previously made it possible for individual, neutralized athletes to take part in major international events, provided they have not been polluted and have been able to demonstrate independent doping controls . When the WA Council meets at the end of July, the next steps are to be discussed. The complete banishment of Rusaf from the WA no longer seems out of the question – it would be a novelty in world sports.

The athletes had reacted most severely anyway when Russia’s state doping system was exposed. Rusaf has been suspended since November 2015, and since then its officials have denied a lot and promised a lot, but done little. Only when Yurtchenko was installed as the new president and admitted manipulations under his predecessor Dmitrij Schljachtin did an improvement appear to be in sight. In March the WA therefore waived the considered expulsion of the Russians, but maintained the suspension and imposed a record fine of $ 10 million, half of which was suspended: “The measures taken so far have obviously not been sufficient to protect the culture in the Russian Federation change, “Coe said at the time. In order to clarify the seriousness of the situation, his committee had limited the number of so-called “authorized neutralized athletes” at the Olympics in Tokyo to ten – at the 2019 World Cup in Doha, 29 Russians were still running under the acronym “ANA”. Now it’s zero, and if it stays that way, world champions such as Marija Lassizkene (high jump) and Anzhelika Sidorowa (pole high) are at risk of losing the Olympics. “We tried to separate the clean athletes from a dirty system,” said Coe, and now he says: “The Rusaf desperately lets their athletes down.”

The Lord is obviously out of patience. “We did everything possible to support the Rusaf in their reintegration,” he said on Thursday, “but apparently without success.”


Start of Formula 1: Vettel in front of the wild bull – sport

The scene looks like it has been arranged. In terms of content, it is. But the visual details, which now fit perfectly with a racing driver’s accounting, are random.

A shady room in Spielberg. The curtains are drawn, more artificial light falls on the gray tiles than daylight. Sebastian Vettel sits in the front on a chair. He is half dressed in red, which also explains why the wild bull of the Red Bull group gallops towards him with lowered horns, which they brushed onto the cardboard wall behind him. Red shirt, red cap, red face mask, even his watch has a red border. Vettel on fire? It’s not like that.

“We never had a discussion. There was never an offer on the table.”

He sits there very calmly. Put the right leg over the left. American leg flip. Only now and then does he bob his foot. He speaks in a calm voice. Everything about him says: I have carefully considered what I am doing, I really want it that way: I put the fuse on the Ferrari powder keg, which almost exploded last year when Vettel and his teammate Charles Leclerc, who was ten years younger rubbed so intimately that the sparks danced.

Vettel looks over to the questioner, and because humanity is living in a pandemic, he’s sitting somewhere on the horizon. If you were to connect a net, Vettel and the Formula 1 representative who asked questions could play badminton. This is not an unimportant detail. It is not a familiar journalist who is eliciting an answer from Vettel that he actually does not want to give. He is simply the first person to have the opportunity to publicly ask Vettel what ultimately led to the negotiations between him and Ferrari failing. And Vettel, who had been diving on his nicely renovated farm in Switzerland since May, after the announcement of the termination of his carpool with the Scuderia: He now wants to unpack. On the largest stage that he can climb so that his cracking hook also sits: in the international TV round of Formula 1.

Sticking point? There was “no sticking point” in the negotiations for a new contract, says Vettel. Because no negotiations took place at all. The call from team boss Mattia Binotto with the decision not to extend the contract, which expired at the end of the year, came as a surprise to him: “We never had a discussion. There was never an offer on the table.”


Washed away in one sentence, all the whispering words of the joint press release. It takes courage, especially when someone uses it to correct his own words in the official divorce declaration. At that time Vettel also spoke of a “joint decision”, a joint decision to go separate ways. The SZ knew beforehand of Vettel’s plans that he wanted to disclose the non-negotiations. The only question was: would he pull it off? According to SZ information, the campaign was not previously coordinated with Ferrari, the racing team would of course never have agreed to the ignition. But Vettel was forced to take the step. In order not to have to live with an untruth when leaving Ferrari, which would at least have simulated harmony to the outside world. And that, it is heard, was made to affect him. As a result of a “shock” triggered by Binotto’s call to him. So now the correction. If he has to leave Ferrari, he sees it well, he goes as an upright. With a bang and roar.

It was clear that this separation could not have been made by mutual agreement. Ferrari had been a longing for Vettel since he saw Michael Schumacher hurry from record to record in the red car as a young boy. It is still a place of longing. Although, from Vettel’s point of view, he may now be driven by the wrong people.

It had been considered possible that they would at least have submitted an offer that he could not accept. Not even that. A proper contract term would have been important to him. But Vettel would not have driven his salary, but for the longed-for title in red, that’s for sure.

The next day, team boss Mattia Binotto sits on the stage, completely in red, in front of the angry bull. He too: Quiet, matter-of-fact. But Binotto is not well prepared, he doesn’t even contradict Vettel’s version. He probably cannot, however, says that Vettel was still the “first choice” for Scuderia in winter. Then, however, the pandemic broke out over Formula 1. “The whole situation has changed,” he explains. That led to a rethink at Scuderia. He understood that Vettel was “surprised” when he was told that. Which factor exactly led to the decision against Vettel? He doesn’t know that, everything is just responsible for it! The new budget ceiling, the postponement of the new rules to 2022, the overall package led to the decision. And anyway: Corona!

The perfidy of the process must be thought through to the end. When Vettel invited the journalists to a virtual chat on his farm in April and cheerfully chatted that he was confident that he had signed a contract until the first race of the season, Ferrari had already removed him from the board and put him on a table next to him – After all, Corona already existed. Vettel, however, was sitting at the cat table and thought he was opening a game with his comments (“gladly again a long-term contract”). A negotiation game with Binotto that would never take place: Bauer E2-E4. But nothing happened. At some point the phone rang. It was Binotto’s turn. Sicilian Defense. And you’re out!

Vettel was on his own, in the lockdown in Neumüli. As throughout his career, he had no management that would advise him tactically. His team-mate Leclerc, 22, on the other hand, to whom they had presented a lavish, long-term contract before Christmas, knows the son of Jean Todt, once racing director at Ferrari in the Schumacher era, now president of the World Automobile Association. Vettel has never built a home power at Ferrari, and so he could fall victim to a political game that he might not even recognize when it was too late. A racing team that announced the successor Carlos Sainz, 25, 48 hours after the separation from Vettel, has probably already had negotiations when the snow was still falling in northern Italy.

Now the opponents at Ferrari travel together for a while around the world on their farewell tour, which could be painfully slow. Eight races have only been scheduled, nobody can say how long this World Cup will last, or whether it will be completely washed away by a second wave of the pandemic. Vettel was never able to do anything about the tactical and strategic mistakes of the team leadership, he does not build the cars. However, he was behind the wheel when his Ferrari flew off the wet track of the Hockenheimring two years ago in the property curve, Vettel was in the overall lead, closer to the title than he was never. Yes, he did have a chance to fulfill his childhood dream. But under pressure he made mistakes.

And now he falls away from him, what else has he got to lose? However, there are increasing signs that the uninhibited Vettel in this year’s Ferrari with the exuberant anniversary name “SF1000” could get the worst partner screwed under the seat for a long time. While the competition tried out upgrades during the Corona break and now also dragged them to Spielberg for the late start of the season, Ferrari came to the realization that the basic version, which was supposed to roll in Melbourne in March, is such a mess that the further development is not worth it. Only at the third race in Hungary do they want to introduce a completely new version. Hopefully this is going in the right direction. Those that Red Bull and Mercedes might have rushed to.

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to imagine in the most colorful pictures how harmonious the behavior of the Ferrari drivers will be on the track this year. Even if Leclerc and Vettel sometimes did not comply with the specifications of their curly boss Binotto last year, his authority should hardly reach Vettel at least. “I was always a team player,” said Vettel on the day of the settlement. “If stable control makes sense,” he would drive for the team. However, he “would not make it easier for Charles”. And when stable management makes sense, Vettel and Binotto can be quite divided.

As things stand, a four-time world champion will leave the big stage at the end of the year

Vettel’s 33rd birthday was on Friday, the day after billing. The team that has been home for five years probably dedicated a video to him for the last time. “I love Disch”, Leclerc whispered in it, that alone will certainly not give him a favorite place in the Vettelarchiv. Sebastian Vettel has eight, ten, fifteen, maybe even more races in Formula 1. To extend this time, “the right package and the right people around me are necessary”. That doesn’t sound like Renault, not like Aston Martin, not like Haas. An offer from the world champion racing team Mercedes was attractive, said Vettel, but his team boss Toto Wolff promptly followed his advertising on Friday, an extension with the pilots Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas was his priority.

As things stand, a four-time world champion in the best racing age will leave the big stage at the end of the year because he excludes a sabbatical. Sebastian Vettel says: “I am convinced that you must close the door when you are ready and should not expect the door to open again.” That is also consistent.


Leroy Sané at FC Bayern: One like Arjen Robben – Sport

FC Bayern awards the number 10 jersey to Leroy Sané. The directors make it clear what they expect from the 24-year-old.

Arjen Robben had worn the jersey with number 10 at Bayern for nine years until summer 2019, and because he has left traces in these nine years like few other players in the history of FC Bayern, his number should last a season not be awarded. Then, however, the Munich team borrowed the Brazilian Philippe Coutinho from FC Barcelona in August 2019, from whom they had hoped for one or the other deep trace. And to flatter him, he got number 10 right away after an understanding phone call with seals.

Coutinho will still wear this number in the cup final against Leverkusen this Saturday, also in the Champions League in August, provided, of course, he is used. But he is already a ten on call.

On Friday morning, FC Bayern published a message on its website entitled “Leroy Sané gets the number 10”. This announcement is no longer about seals, and instead of completely missing this magical number for one season, the club is going into a summer with two tens. The Sané jersey is already available in the fanshop, which is also stated in the message. The Coutinho jersey continues, too. The Brazilian showed “full understanding” for the double ten in a conversation with sports director Hasan Salihamidzic and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

He will miss City’s last six league games

This decision with the number 10 stands for two developments at Munich: Coutinho has no future in the club beyond the Champions League final. And from Sané, whose commitment Bayern officially announced on Friday morning, they obviously hope so much for the future that they have brought it straight into the present.

“Happy”, “very happy” and even “very happy”, said Rummenigge, Salihamidzic and board member Oliver Kahn in the announcement, which announced Sanés Transfer. Had they added that they were also relieved, it would not have been a lie. The winger signed until 2025, and although he won’t be playing for Bayern this season, he’ll be preparing for next season in Munich next week – and hence Manchester City’s last six league games in the English Premier League miss. Now that Bayern have finally secured their dream player after more than a year of recruiting, they don’t want to risk anything anymore.

Once, in early August 2019, they were sure that Sané would come. But then he played in the English Supercup, tore his cruciate ligament, failed for months, didn’t change. Instead, Bayern brought Coutinho, which has remained a mystery to them to this day: talented like few soccer players, but in games it often looks as if he will be swallowed up by all the expectations that surround him. Nobody in the club fears that the future tenth Sané could be similar, and Salihamidzic does not hide his expectations: Sané, says the sports director, is “a difference player”.

In Munich, he should become someone like Robben used to be.

Sané is already expected on the Munich wings by Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry, instead of a pair of wing pliers as in the years of Robben and Franck Ribéry, the Bavarians now have a wing triangle. The question for coach Flick will therefore be who he uses when and how. Coman lives from his speed, Gnabry from his force and his shot on goal. Sané, whose mother Regina won bronze in rhythmic gymnastics at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984 and whose father Souleymane played in the Bundesliga in the 1980s and 1990s, is perhaps the best of the Munich triangle in one-on-one, in So Robben’s specialty. With such dribbling, it should also make the difference. (What Salihamidzic could not imagine for the coach’s dream player, Timo Werner.) The squad is now “flexibly filled at the highest level in the outside position important for our game,” Salihamidzic praised himself. Flick said before the cup final to his new player merely: “We are happy, but it is not the time to talk about it.”

And so the future of Munich had to give way to the present, at least for a brief moment.


Augsburg Panther – head coach Tuomie remains – sport

The Augsburg Panthers continue to rely on Tray Tuomie as head coach. As the club from the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) announced on Thursday, the German-American has extended his contract for the coming season. Like all players, the 52-year-old agreed to the waiver in response to the corona crisis. Tuomie has been part of the Panther coaching team since the 2016/17 season, in 2019 he succeeded Mike Stewart as head coach. “Tray took over our team in a complex situation and achieved our goals despite all adversity, the double burden of the Champions Hockey League and the associated high travel stress and the change in the coaching team,” explained Panther partner Lothar Sigl. It was important to the club “to ensure constancy on and next to the ice in the crisis, which will have a massive impact on German ice hockey for a long time to come”. Tuomie hopes “that I will soon be able to stand on the ice with my team again to prepare for what I hope will be a largely normal DEL season.” The start of the season scheduled for September 18 is not yet certain.


Relegation Bremen vs Heidenheim: the drama still follows – sport

1. FC Heidenheim can continue to dream of promotion to the Bundesliga thanks to the passionately won 0-0. Werder has to recognize that you can’t always play against Cologne.

It must have seemed to the Bremen people like the invasion of a foreign power, which they only survived with a lot of luck. Determined to do the seemingly impossible, 1. FC Heidenheim milled through the Weser Stadium and forced SV Werder to be satisfied with a rather happy 0-0 in the end. Werder, that’s the club that was once the European Cup winner, Heidenheim the club that played in the fourth division a few years ago.

If it really needed proof that football once stood for a classless society in which everyone is a lucky smith: the first leg of the relegation between the third last in the Bundesliga and the third in the second division has brought him. Possibly two clubs cross on their different paths, one up and the other down. It will be decided on Monday, a real drama is to be expected.

“That was too little of us, no question at all,” said Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt at DAZN. “The only advantage we have now is that it is only half time. We have a final on Monday.” Werder striker Niclas Füllkrug said: “We can take away that we are weak at home anyway and are now winning the game away.” Heidenheim’s coach Frank Schmidt congratulated his team “for the first part. We showed a very disciplined performance from the first to the last minute and even had better chances in the end”.

The Mayor of Bremen had sent a video message in the morning, now only Werder’s relegation counts and nothing else, said Andreas Bovenschulte (SPD) – and had the green and white club flag hoisted at the town hall. In the Böttcherstraße in the heart of the old town, the carillon, for which tourists travel specially, played the Werder song “Lifetime Green and White” every hour on the hour. 1. FC Heidenheim, on the other hand, got by with a single bell, a cowbell, which they used to create a mood right in the stadium, in keeping with their village club image, supported by a blaster that might end up in the club museum if Heidenheim builds one. No more framework was possible for the maximum exacerbation that league football has to offer, the relegation.

The first division team is struggling, as is so often the case with relegation

The Heidenheimers approached things the way they learned in the second division: physically, aggressively, annoyingly for the Bremen game’s game. The guests pressed all over the place, an elaborate but also effective approach. The Bremen team did not make a successful move in the first half, the Heidenheim team one or two counterattacks. After a quarter of an hour it looked like a really bad football game, wild and torn. Struggle for survival on the one hand, game of life on the other. During the break, Werder had had the ball for three quarters of the game, but could not do anything about it.

“We have possession of the ball in areas where we are not dangerous,” said Marco Bode at the break, who once scored 101 goals for Bremen and now heads the board, “we cannot be satisfied with the game.” In contrast, Frank Schmidt, coach of the Heidenheim team, was very satisfied; the chances of his outsider team were completely intact after the first 45 of at least 180 minutes of this relegation. That was the goal of the second division club with the first division club: as long as possible, everything should still be possible. His eleven might have been inferior in terms of play, but mileage, sprints, header duels: Heidenheim scored everywhere.

The history of the relegation is traditionally rich in dramas, but poor in football. Although the Bundesliga side always prevailed up to three times, they mostly had to be turned by the meat grinder. The game in Bremen was a nice example of why no Bundesliga relegation has been plowed through the second division to get back up again for a long time, recently the HSV crashed impressively into moving through this boxing ring.

Werder cannot always compete against Cologne

And Werder clearly experienced the difference between a team that defends their goal with their lives and a team that is 1. FC Köln. Bremen’s hopes rested on the 6: 1 in the last game of the season, the home curse had been broken, in addition a tropical goal rain fell into the previously biblical goal drought in the Weserstadion. Kohfeldt trusted the same team that had launched the relegation at the last second, only the suspended Kevin Vogt had to be replaced by Philipp Bargfrede.

After an hour, the sky seemed to be preparing for the four-time master’s downfall, with thunder, lightning and cloudbursts, the game got additional imponderables: a smooth ball and a very deep lawn. Heidenheim became even braver, Bremen even more shaky, the game unpredictable – but not better. With a change of three, Kohfeldt tried to miss Werder’s game of some kind of dynamic, Heidenheim brought Schnatterer, the finest little foot in the second division. The balls flew wildly through the penalty area, but nobody went into the goal. Werder mainly flew Moisander – with yellow-red from the square (87th).

He will be missing in Heidenheim. In the end everything was back to the beginning, followed on Monday: the real drama.