Dhe falls in love with Horst Hrubesch. When he talks about his "girls" or even the "Kleenen", the younger ones among his soccer players, the voice softens. As soft as a man who has been known for more than three decades because of his 136 Bundesliga goals for HSV, Rot-Weiß Essen and Borussia Dortmund and above all the victorious goal in the European Championship final against Belgium as a "head monster" , I do not like it. "I can call them that because they could be my grandchildren," says Hrubesch. And at the same time the eyes are shining.

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The 67-year-old feels completely comfortable in his job as interim coach of German football women, which he has taken over in April and this Tuesday after the match against Spain in Erfurt (16 clock / ZDF) ended before Martina Voss-Tecklenburg at the end of the month Completion of the World Cup playoffs with their previous team from Switzerland takes over the task. "I liked to do it and I do not want to miss it," says Hrubesch, who, as interim sports director of the DFB, agreed to take over the legacy of Steffi Jones, who had been dismissed by himself. He led the team from a crisis to the World Cup.

Hrubesch got involved in the matter

Initially, Hrubesch, who has been in the service of the German Football Association (DFB) since 2000 for the EM-title and Olympic silver-decorated junior sponsor, was not yet so convinced of his decision for a new adventure. The first game in April in Halle had told him how difficult the task was. Although the German team won 4-0 against the Czech Republic, but the opponent was no yardstick. Hrubesch stated that "many players still carry a backpack with them. Much has not gone as I had hoped. "

He got involved in the matter, led his team to a 2-0 victory in the decisive game on Iceland in September and now goes as one who has shaped the German players with his charisma at the right time. In the successful but last leaden years under Silvia Neid lost the German women's football increasingly its ease, Steffi Jones then failed in their attempt to bring more creativity into the German game, because the coaching novice the experience and clarity went off. Hrubesch finally managed to free the heads of the players from the ballast. "You have confidence now," says the hobby-angler. "You can see how they live the football again." Regarding his contribution to the new atmosphere Hrubesch holds back.

More than just a mascot: Horst Hrubesch has brought German women's football back on track.


Others point in their own way to constantly seek out the conversations with the players, strengthen them by trust instead of talking too clumsy only strong. "He never fooled us and criticized mistakes. But he also taught us that we can be really good when we work hard, "said midfielder Sarah Däbritz – a gifted technician who has found her form under Hrubesch.

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