For former European champion Matthias Sammer, a second German final in the Champions League is currently utopian. When asked how far away such a game is currently, the 55-year-old answered in an interview Munich Mercury/tz: “Not measurable. Light years!” FC Bayern is a final candidate every year, “but all the other German teams are far away”.
For Sammer, currently a consultant at Borussia Dortmund, the reasons are obvious. “Because we don’t name our deficits, but are first-class in making excuses. That’s not how I got to know competitive sport. You have to have courage, we have to have more courage!” Demanded the former DFB sports director. Sammer is currently part of a task force at the German Football Association that aims to lead the national team into a better future.
Exactly ten years ago, FC Bayern and Dortmund faced each other in the only German final in the premier class. Bayern won 2-1 at Wembley. Previously there had only been a Bundesliga duel between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 1980 UEFA Cup.