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“Football is a very simple sport”



Coach Steffen Baumgart from 1. FC Köln thinks little of the often complicated statements in modern football. After all, it was “a very easy sport,” he told the Editorial network Germany: “I can speak of the diametrically tipping sixes, of the wrong nine. All these terminology aim to make the football game more intelligent than it actually is.”

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The fascination lies in the fact that it is “a simple, very clear sport. What is football about, despite all the money and the media attention? The game!” This has never changed for him personally either.

“I didn’t study, and I probably wouldn’t have been able to study because I didn’t have the skills,” said the 49-year-old: “What I can do very well is football. I play football with great passion, precisely because it is still a game. “

In Cologne, the former coach of SC Paderborn wants to ensure more courage in the direction of the game. “Do you just narrow the space at the back so that you can counter, or let’s start with this work right at the front, where we can punish the opponent’s ball losses even more quickly,” asked the former striker.

This will also lead to goals conceded at FC, who only managed to stay in relegation last season. “But I’m not afraid of losing. What counts for me is how many goals we score. FC scored 36 goals last season, an average of only 1.1 goals per game,” said Baumgart: “That was the case with my previous teams Cut at 2.3. “

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