Full steam ahead for football!
Andreas Rettig (59) left FC St. Pauli on September 30, 2019 for personal reasons. He was not only commercial manager there for four years, but the Leverkusen native shaped the club with his ideas.
After a year at Viktoria Köln (3rd division) Rettig ended his post there in May 2022 as Chairman Managing Director. “It was a self-determined departure. As in all my stations over the last 30 years, by the way,” emphasizes Rettig.
Rettig now gets involved in many areas without being paid. It’s about his favorite topic 50+1, sustainability and future conferences. So next week he will be in Berlin at the Sustainability Council, where Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64) will also be speaking.
Rettig: “Football, which earns its money with and through the public, needs social acceptance. In view of the looming energy crisis, I would also like the DFB and DFL associations to position themselves more clearly. They don’t seem well enough prepared to me.”
And he already has a very specific idea in mind:
The Bundesliga should introduce an eco game plan!
As in Scandinavian countries, for example, the season should only run in the milder months from March to November in order to save energy.
Rettig: “The fact that 2,000 liters of heating oil are to be burned a day to operate a lawn heating system in winter is certainly not a positive and image-building signal. That’s how much a detached house uses in a year.”
Rettig continues: “That’s why I suggested some time ago to give serious thought to switching the game year to the calendar year, as it is implemented in the Scandinavian countries, for example.”
Rettig therefore does not expect a fundamental problem: “ If a World Cup in Qatar, which should never have been awarded there, changed the entire European schedule in a coup d’etat, then I ask myself why this can’t happen in the long term to protect nature. Playing against nature in the long run is certainly not a wise idea.”
Heaters, floodlights – everything runs at full speed in winter. Rettig: “They’re all energy guzzlers and it would certainly be better to play in the months when it’s more comfortable. I would also like to see a rethink there.”
When it comes to other issues, that seems to be happening slowly at the DFB.
Rettig: “If you look at the position of the DFB on questions of attitude in the past, it was more characterized by overcautious diplomacy and the policy of ducking away. The new President Neuendorf is already making a positive impression here. For example, he has publicly advocated the fund to benefit the families of construction site victims in Qatar.”
But words are not enough for Rettig: “Here, too, ‘goals need action’, a slogan from the sustainability strategy, applies. With that, all has been said.”
The situation is similar when it comes to a World Cup boycott. Rettig: “I know a few Cologne pubs that do not offer World Cup coverage in their pubs, despite their own loss of sales. That is a really great sign.”
And further: “It would be great if this found many imitators. Hopefully in Hamburg too. I also know one or the other pub that doesn’t just serve beer…”
But Rettig isn’t just thinking about Hamburg restaurants. “Unfortunately, the turmoil on the board at HSV has overshadowed what has been a great sporting season so far. Congratulations to Jonas Boldt,” says Rettig.
But, in relation to the fight for a loan guarantee: “The fact that decision-makers spend money in a wrong way and, in their need, call for support from the public sector, shows neither the honor of being a Hanseatic businessman nor a sense of responsibility. However, I am also certain that this will be evaluated in the same way by the Hamburg citizenship across party lines.”
Of course, Rettig, who lives in Cologne, also follows his former club from afar: “At FC St. Pauli it’s the other way around. The sporting development lags a little behind the overall development in the club. But I know and appreciate Andreas Bornemann very much and I am very optimistic and sure that nobody needs to worry.”