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.
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.
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.
Now, the football legend born in Hamm admits the place on the sideline with perhaps a world record: In a win against Spain, he would finish his job after eight wins in eight games. He promised his wife a several-month trip to New Zealand to retire at the DFB at the end of the year "If I was 60, I would have continued," says the Westphalian. But now his successor Voss-Tecklenburg can work on a sound basis for the World Cup in France. "The field may not be in place, but the ground is preparing," says Hrubesch. "There is still a good 25 percent increase in the direction of the World Cup, then we have a top team."
Nevertheless, Hrubesch wants to accompany his late love of women's football this summer as a fan to see if his seed is ready. "I'm sure I'll watch locally," he says. He was too touched by the innocence of the game, still alive in women's football, for him to let go completely. "In women's football is much like in my early days as a player. We do not have these crazy buzz, as with the men, but honesty. For example, there are no swallows and such bad habits. "
Concern for radiance
All the more surprised Hrubesch, how bad it is to the radiance of women's football currently ordered. While in Iceland or Canada he saw gigantic advertising boards with the counterfeiting of the stars in international matches, women's football in Germany is currently playing too small a role. "There are top models who deserve much more attention and respect," he says.
Maybe Hrubesch will help to make things go up again. Because he surprised those days with the clarity with which he declared new activities possible after returning from New Zealand. "I only said that the history DFB on 31.12. ends, "he said. Since a commitment in professional male football seems unlikely after decades Hrubesch rather unsuccessful and always very short guest appearances at clubs such as Dynamo Dresden (5 Bundesliga games, two points), Rot-Weiß Essen, VfL Wolfsburg or Innsbruck and Samsunspor in the Turkey could give a women's football league club a job without the great stress. It would fit the late love of Horst Hrubesch.