He’s back at the DFB – and with big goals!
Former team boss Rudi Völler (62) takes over some of the tasks of the resigned DFB managing director Oliver Bierhoff (54).
And the 1990 World Champion has big plans!
“I still believe that we have a very good team,” said Völler on Friday at his official presentation in Frankfurt.
The DFB-Elf could “play” for the European title in the summer after next. “I will answer it with a lot of joy and enthusiasm.”
Big Völler words!
In addition, the new national team director announces greater fan proximity: “The basis of everything is the national players, the national coach, that we sell ourselves well in sport, but also give ourselves closer to the people in the run-up.”
Possible improvements could therefore result from new kick-off times for international matches or public training sessions.
The ex-Bayer sporting director will take up his new role on February 1st, and the first international matches will follow at the end of March.
Völler: “I don’t want to promise anything.” And further: “We have to see that we win back the spectators, the fans.”
For the DFB selection, it rained before the World Cup in the preliminary round because of the alienation from the fans criticism.
“All the Theater in Qatar”
Völler also spoke about the pad discussion and criticized Nancy Faeser (SPD): “Even the interior minister should have left one or the other … The whole fuss in Qatar about the pad. (…) We didn’t play a good role there.”
Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) wore the captain’s armband with the “One Love” lettering, which was ultimately banned by the world association FIFA, in the stands at the first German game against Japan.
Völler also reveals that his relationship with national coach Hansi Flick (57) is excellent. The two want to meet in a few days to exchange ideas.
In addition, DFL supervisory board chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke (63) announces that the working groups set up by the DFB will continue to work. “This task force will have one or two more ideas over the next few weeks, with which we are trying to stress the DFB’s committees.”
DFB President Bernd Neuendorf (61) explains that the five business areas and especially the work in the DFB Academy should be put to the test.
After the World Cup elimination and Bierhoff’s resignation, Neuendorf founded two working groups. The task force around the star officials Watzke and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (67) had positioned Völler as managing director until the 2024 home European Championship. Another group around EM chief planner Philipp Lahm has a closer look at the DFB structures.