DFB and DFL joint initiative: The new cooperation in German football

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  • Jan Christian Müller

    Jan Christian Müller


In early December, Oliver Bierhoff, director of the DFB, goes to San Francisco with senior members of the Bundesliga team to continue his studies, which also indicates that the national team and clubs are getting closer to new.

For years, German football at the summit has met in a regular at least mutual ignorance. The German Football Association (DFB), which is responsible for the German Football League Bundesligen (DFL), as well as the leaders of big clubs did not have much fun. At best, they met on various committees and often rolled their eyes, annoyed. And few people have noticed in the meantime that German high-level football was losing the comparison with the world.

In the meantime, everyone has understood. The disappointing results of the national team at the World Cup and the League of Nations, as well as the clubs of the Champions League in the last five years, opened the eyes that were closed before.

Oliver Bierhoff has just presented the "Future Project" as an explicit joint (!) Initiative of the DFB and the DFL. The goal of the DFB, the DFL and the clubs is to work together to form "the world champions of tomorrow," according to Bierhoff. The elite football development manager here in Germany The director of the DFB and the head of the national team approach the case with vehemence: in early December, a delegation of 17 members of the DFB Bierhoff, accompanied by the director of the academy, Tobias Haupt, and leading representatives of the Bundesliga clubs for four days for a training trip go to San Francisco.

This is the first time that the DFB and the Bundesliga travel in this form as a group. The delegation includes men like Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund), Fredi Bobic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Markus Krösche (RB Leipzig), Rouven Schröder (Mainz 05), Jochen Saier (SC Freiburg), Jörg Schmadtke (VfL Wolfsburg), Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen, Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB Stuttgart) and Marcell Jansen (Hamburger SV) visit professors from Stanford 's elite university, Silicon Valley companies and the University of California. San Francisco 49ers football team.

Fredi Bobic was a little happy with his participation in the World Cup: "A new start could be started"

The DFL has just released its newly formed "Football Commission", which also includes Hasan Salihamidzic (Bayern Munich), Frank Baumann (SV Werder Bremen), Max Eberl (Borussia Monchengladbach) and Jonas Boldt (Hamburger SV). Most recently, the DFB organized a training meeting in Hamburg during which Krösche, Hitzlsperger, Rolfes and Boldt inquired about the latest developments in digitization. According to the head of the DFB Academy, the big question they all aspire to is: "What needs to change in German football so that we can get back to the top?"

Since Bierhoff was promoted to President of the DFB under the presidency of Reinhard Grindel, the decision-making processes are shorter, which is very well perceived in the Bundesliga. It should also be noted that Bierhoff and his national coach Joachim Löw have largely lost their habitus of the 2014-2018 World Cup.

"It was necessary to prepare them a bit after the 2018 World Cup because they are more critical of themselves," said Eintracht's sports director, Fredi Bobic, "the league was a bit out of After leaving Russia, "a conversation with Oli and Jogi, in which we all spoke clearly together. "Löw was clearly criticized, but in an uplifting way." Bobic talks about his feelings about Kazan's shame when a 0-2 draw against South Korea meant premature failure at the World Cup: "It was not cheerful, but inside I was a little happy not to play. So a new start could be started, then we, the league and the DFB, are reunited again. "

The former international welcomes the collaboration with the head of the Academy and the national sports director, Joti Chatzialexiou. "You can see that there are young people at work who are thinking of the future." And he explains: "The failure of 2018 began much earlier, it is a terrifying development that began in 2014. Some players stopped, others were full, which is also normal after such a triumph. "We should not frolic for the moment:" I think there will still be some drought … In the meantime, we expect less, and that's good. "

The 47-year-old warned, on behalf of most of the Bundesliga professionals: "There must be players cranking in. Only then, as a unit, the title of the World Cup could be won in 2014. "And the former striker adds:" We suddenly had no more central striker, but only nine fake ones in Germany.But what's that? "Bad nine, bad bunny ? "

German football must have the courage to change

According to Bobic, they agree on the association and clubs: "We must continue to have the courage to change." The US trip from December 2nd to December 5th to promote this. "It's the job of Oliver Bierhoff and coaches of the U team to maintain communication with the clubs," said Löw. With the experience gained so far in the first seven days of Bundesliga matches, the coach can only be mediocre friends. He diplomatically states that some teams played "strong", but that "in a fun way does not represent what we imagine".

Emre Can is almost lucky: The Frankfurt player plays against Argentina for the first time this season since the start of the season and now hopes to have more time at Juventus.

As for the future, an urgent action seems to be required: there is only one player in the team of Germany composed of less than 22 years old: Kai Havertz's outstanding talent (20 years old) from Bayer Leverkusen. And in the U21 by Stefan Kuntz is only a professional, the undisputed fundamental strength in a German Erstligaklub is: Dennis Geiger (21) of TSG Hoffenheim. This clearly shows that the elimination of under-23 teams in various first and second division clubs (notably Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig) was not a good idea. Because the vast majority of talents do not make the leap in the Bundesliga and are often abandoned in their own club.

By Jan Christian Müller and Daniel Schmitt