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“Amateur Association” DFB must ensure EM mood



"Amateur Association" DFB must ensure EM mood

Bayern Munich’s honorary president Uli Hoeneß has again criticized the DFB – and at the same time made the association responsible.

“The DFB should be responsible for amateur and youth football. But the national team, the professional part, has to be outsourced,” said Hoeneß as a guest of the Talks Kick-Off of the Neue Presse in Hanover.

An AG or GmbH must be founded, “on whose supervisory board the people of the DFB are – but they can’t decide who becomes the national coach or manager of the national team,” said the 71-year-old: “That went wrong in the past, and that needs to change.”

He himself would not be eligible for a post simply because of his age, also: “The DFB is an amateur association. And I’ve never been an amateur my whole life. Just because Hoeneß from Munich invades Frankfurt, they won’t change their statutes.”

Hoeneß: DFB must ensure a better EM atmosphere

Nevertheless, with a view to the home European Championship next summer, the DFB must ensure a better mood among fans across the country. In the run-up to the World Cup in Qatar, there were too many debates about politics and there was little focus on sport. In contrast to the atmosphere at the home World Cups in 1974 and 2006, he found the atmosphere in November and December 2022 to be “cold air”.

You have to “ignite euphoria in the run-up to this European Championship, because that pulls the players along. Then they will perform much better than was the case now,” said Hoeneß: “It is extremely important that we create a European Championship atmosphere. From Based on the quality of the team, I’m convinced that we can beat any opponent in the world.”