Christoph Kramer: “Every professional footballer must be able to walk over corpses”

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Christoph Kramer has played 384 competitive games (Leverkusen, Bochum, Gladbach) and twelve international matches in his professional career, becoming world champion in 2014

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Christoph Kramer describes with remarkable openness what is essential for a professional footballer. Borussia Mönchengladbach’s midfielder says that such selfish behavior is actually unacceptable. But only a very small proportion can afford to act differently.

According to Christoph Kramer, world champion with the DFB team in 2014, professional football is impossible without self-interest. “Envy is a hard word. But without resentment and without this ‘I’m just looking at myself’, no one would have become a professional footballer,” said the 32-year-old midfielder in the “Copa TS” podcast by Tommi Schmitt and Studio Bummens.

“Everyone who has become a professional footballer has to be an egoist, has to be able to go above and beyond and has to put himself first, because otherwise he wouldn’t have become one,” said Kramer. He excluded at least the 1.5 percent who had such “crazy talent” that they would always make it.

“That’s not appropriate,” said Kramer in general about what he believes to be necessary egoism. In this context, the twelve-time national player also said that in the early days of his career he could not be happy about victories for his own team if the team playing for him played well or even scored a goal. “Which is a total shame,” emphasized Kramer.

Kramer’s team Borussia Mönchengladbach has to play against Mainz 05 on Friday (8.30 p.m., in the WELT sports ticker). Mainz suffered their fourth defeat in a row last weekend when they lost 3-0 to Bayer Leverkusen. Across all seasons, FSV has been without a win in eleven Bundesliga games, which was only surpassed in 2006 (16 games in a row won). Mönchengladbach, on the other hand, achieved their first win of the season (3-1) on matchday six in Bochum, at the same time ending a negative run of ten winless away games in a row.

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