Tennis – 20 double faults – sports

Alexander Zverev loses early at the US Open Test in Cincinnati. Especially to the doom of the 22-year-old is his impact weakness. Like Angelique Kerber, he travels to New York without a new coach.

No fun, no self-confidence and no match practice: After Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev has missed the tennis tournament in Cincinnati overcoming the crisis of form. The German top duo gives a worrying picture one and a half weeks before the start of the US Open in New York and makes little hope for improvement at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year.

After Kerber had sang- and unanimously pronounced against Anett Kontaveit from Estonia, Zverev had beaten a day later the 19-year-old Serbian qualifier Miomir Kecmanovic 7: 6 (4), 2: 6, 4: 6. Zverev thus missed his first victory in his fifth participation in Cincinnati and travels to New York with many unanswered questions. In Flushing Meadows, he has never made it past the third round. The current form of the 22-year-old gives little confidence that could change from 26 August to something.

Especially the serve Zverev is currently very worried. Against the up-and-coming Kecmanovic, the best German professional suffered 20 double mistakes. It seems that Zverev loses his nerve as soon as he does not bring his first serve – indicating a lack of self-confidence. The year to date has been disappointing for him. "He was the favorite, and of course it helped me that he did not score as well as usual," said Kecmanovic.

Here, Zverev had presented before the start of the endowed with 6.7 million dollar hard court event in the US state of Ohio in a good mood and announced with a smile that his dog Lövik got offspring. "The first half of the year was not very good for me, so I hope to turn things around in the second half of the year," Zverev said. Instead, it set the next low blow, and in his athletic low he also has to deal with the quarrels with his former manager Patricio Apey and the separation of his coach Ivan Lendl. Like Angelique Kerber, Zverev travels to New York without a new coach. Whether the solution with his father Alexander is the best for the future seems more and more questionable.

To get game practice before the US Open, Zverev would only have to start at the tournament in Winston-Salem next week. Maybe he decides but also for a few hours of training. The focus should then be clear: the second serve.

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EC Bad Tölz – More teachers than motivator – sports in the region

Kevin Gaudet, coach of the Tölz lions, has never had such a young team as at his new workplace. At the weekend, the season preparatory games begin.

By Stefan Galler, Bad Tölz

However, the new coach is not working long with his team, the two weeks that Kevin Gaudet has spent with the ice hockey players of the EC Bad Tölz, but were very intense: Twice a day, the lions were in the past week on the ice, in addition sat the coach daily an athletic unit on the plan. The players had no problem with this hard phase of preparation, on the contrary, according to Löwen spokesman Simon Rentel they welcomed the burden "fully". Coach Gaudet is enthusiastic about the quality of the squad: "I am very satisfied, the euphoria, the speed we have is very good, we have a very good team in skating."

And some players are still in the middle of their training, as Gaudet makes clear: "We have the youngest team I've ever had – eight players are under 25. It's fun!" In contrast, his ex-team Bietigheim had been very experienced: "There I had several players over 30. Since you do not have to act so much as a teacher, rather than pusher and motivator."

Recently, four young players had regularly trained with the DEL-2 team, two of them are now in the first test matches against the Starbulls Rosenheim get their chance. The Löwen welcome the Oberliga side this Friday (19.30) in the Tölz Ice Stadium, on Sunday (17 clock) they will be guests in Rosenheim.

Following the departure of Marinus Reiter to Rosenheim and the injury of Niklas Heinzinger (Oberarmbuch), Gaudet last tested Manuel Edfelder on the advice of sporting director Christian Donbeck as a defender – and is so far very pleased with this experiment: "I'm very surprised how good he is that plays, "says the new instructor. Also in the two matches against Rosenheim Edfelder should prove.

In the tests, Gaudet wants to concentrate fully on his own team, with the system of the Starbulls he does not diverge: "For me is interesting only what we do, so I can watch me later on video, what we are good and what wrong have made.

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Fritz Keller – pleasure man from the Kaiserstuhl – sports

  • The Freiburg club boss Fritz Keller should become the new DFB president.
  • The award-winning winemaker could be a good cast in many ways.
  • It would be exciting to see if Keller would be able to win more concessions from the richer professional clubs in the fight for the distribution of television money, as was the case with his predecessors.

By Christoph Ruf, Freiburg

It only took 14 minutes for the press office of SC Freiburg to send a message on Wednesday. It was the commentary on the recently publicized nomination of club president Fritz Keller – as a candidate for the highest office of the DFB. Keller was quoted as saying that "in the case of a successful election" he would resign from his position as "President of the SC Freiburg" to the DFB boss, "with a heavy heart". The supervisory board and board of the SC were also broken, but one wishes Keller, who "contributed to the success of the club", "much success".

They were polite, conspicuously sober words that had been formulated in peace. In fact, a rumor had already circulated in Freiburg a few months ago that Keller, who belongs to the board of the league (DFL), flirting with an office in Frankfurt. Not everyone was serious about that rumor at the time. Too much of the native of Freiburg cellar seemed to be associated with his club, in whose praesidium he was already sitting, as the Epochentrainer Volker Finke 1991 began to bring the former greumäusigen second division on their toes.

However, since the last members' meeting Keller has only been a representative of the club. He has not belonged to the board of directors until then, his title "President" is rather an empty shell. The Freiburg power center has since formed the two board members Oliver Leki and Jochen Saier.

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Basically Badenisch is not afraid of conflict – but he can also be upset

Fritz Keller, 62, is optimally networked in the Südbadischen. He personally knows hundreds of club members and has recruited some of the current 230, mostly medium-sized sponsors of the SC itself. As an informal foreign minister, he has always represented the club in the best possible way. But the fundamentally Baden-conflict-despicable basement can also be very torrid. When a referee whistle goes against the grain, journalists often get Keller's penchant for choleric. And not infrequently you hear afterwards functionaries or players of the association, the annoyed twisting the eyes and speak of a "suboptimal external presentation".

Anyone who appeals to Keller on such outbreaks, does not reap any insulted reaction, he can guess for themselves: "I know that sometimes I'm too emotional after the game and then say things that I feel sorry for shortly thereafter," he admits, but you can believe him that he works in this respect. In fact, a quarter of an hour after the final whistle, Keller is often a completely different person.

Most of the greats of German football know him as friendly, shrewd people. His godfather is the 54er world champion Fritz Walter, in Kellers Hotel with star restaurant in Oberbergen at the Kaiserstuhl also hangs an original shirt of Helmut Rahn, the final goal scorer of the "Heroes of Bern". The fact that it is common practice at SC Freiburg to invite the praesidia of the respective opponent to one of the many good restaurants in the southern Baden region the day before a match has not diminished Kellers popularity in the industry either. Especially since the award-winning top winemaker, whose son Friedrich has been shaping his own style of "cellar wines" for several years, is a sociable person and has many anecdotes about life in the border triangle Switzerland-Germany-France. "Such an evening spent together has already cleared many conflicts – in advance or in the aftermath," says Keller.

The pleasure man Fritz Keller can easily create a connection between calculated professional football and Protestant renunciation ethics. As coach Joachim Loew slipped into the criticism after the World Cup in 2018 and his love of good food was also discussed, the Catholic Keller clapped his hands over his head: "Espresso as a symbol of Larifari, on which only a Protestant can come ", he complained. Preachers of asceticism fall on deaf ears with him: "Especially north of the Main," he says, "many people defend themselves surprisingly stubbornly against the fact that enjoyment is something wonderful."

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Laura Ludwig: "The head plays more crazy" – sports

Olympic champion Laura Ludwig is worried about qualifying for her title defense 2020 in Tokyo. She talks about the problems with the new partner Margareta Kozuch and how life as a mom turns a sports career.

Interview by Sebastian Winter

Laura Ludwig made herself comfortable in a café in the Luzhniki sports complex on the Moskva River. Not because it's such a nice spot, but because there is good reception for this conversation over the phone – and even better food. The European Championship finals looks at the 33-year-old in the stands in Moscow, with her partner Margareta Kozuch she failed early. An unusual situation for the European champion, world champion, Olympic champion – and in the middle of qualifying for the Olympics in Tokyo. From Wednesday, the duo in Russia have the next chance at a world series tournament of the second highest category.

SZ: Mrs. Ludwig, your son Teo is now a good year old. Is he also Seelentröster after the knockout round at the European Championships?

Laura Ludwig: I phoned Teo after that, my parents sent me videos and photos of him – he's just with them. It's nice to see his smile over and over again. It is still stupid at the same time, if you lose, and annoying animal. The disappointment is still the same, even though you may be distracted a bit better by thinking of your son. But I can generally ignore defeats quite well and look ahead.

How big is the conversion, with a small child as a beach volleyball professional?

Of course it is more exhausting, all the worries are with the child. This is a 24/7 task, because you always think about your child, the lack of sleep should not be forgotten. This is a completely different world that you have to experience first so that you believe it really is. I have to make time for regeneration, for my sport. That's why I try to separate as much as possible. Teo has now stayed at home, Moscow I did not want to do him and us, here you need the car, the metro.

Since Margareta Kozuch is your partner, there was only a top five result, a week and a half ago you just missed the semi-finals in Vienna. But the home World Cup in Hamburg was a disappointment, despite some good games, the EM also. The question is close: What is your game hooked?

Above all, we are concerned about the lack of consistency. That we have good games every now and then, but that we lose because we can not constantly play through two or three sets in good quality. In Vienna we finally had three good and constant games without thinking too much. Here in Moscow it was again very inconstant. It is a pity that we could not take the momentum with us. We just screw on many things that are not yet automated. This is exhausting and we have to reward ourselves even more so that we can get out of this effort. That worked well in Vienna and did so well, that was balm for the soul.

New partner on the net: With Margareta Kozuch (right) Laura Ludwig is still looking for granted in her game.

(Photo: Oliver Hardt / Getty Images)

They only played together with Kozuch for half a year.

Not only that, it comes together several things – even if I do not want to rest on it: You fight back from a pregnancy, you are with a new teammate together, you have to find yourself. Then comes the pressure of oneself, of the outside, of what do I know from where. These are super construction sites. You try to filter it all and stay with yourself, but everyone knows that this is not always the easiest. The head of an athlete makes up 80 percent, and if you do not understand, it will be difficult. And in an Olympic qualification plays with all the head a little bit more crazy, which always gives a beating and stinging.

Do you put too much pressure on yourself in this situation?

Difficult to say, because it hapers every now and then. Block defense is good, then there is no attack. Sometimes it is better for us, if Kusia takes the serve, sometimes worse, and so with me. I'm really trying to give no unstable answer here. I can not say why.

Did you expect this start?

Well, I do not know, it's a difficult situation too. My last moments before pregnancy were only successes and victories …

Highlight of the Duo Ludwig / Walkenhorst: Olympic Gold in Rio 2016.

(Photo: David Goldman / AP)

First Olympic gold medal 2016 in Rio, then the World Cup title 2017 in Vienna, both with your former partner Kira Walkenhorst, who got triplets with her partner in 2018 and declared her injury-related resignation.

Yes, and then you have to screw down this feeling of winning. I had to re-learn the word patience again, it had to be rewritten for me because of course I set very different expectations of myself. That's a problem for sure.

Especially with a partner who has been a leading player in the hall for a long time but has little experience in the sand.

I see that positively, otherwise I would not have asked her if we would like to play together. Sure, she came out of the hall, but has also played beach for two years and was in the mood for our project. We are now trying as a team to internalize beach volleyball. And after 15 years of indoor volleyball, which is a completely different sport, it takes time.

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Laura Ludwig: "The head plays more crazy" – sports

Beach volleyball Olympic champion Laura Ludwig wants to travel to Tokyo with partner Margareta Kozuch in 2020. A conversation about why the new relationship still hangs, but she does not think of a possible comeback with Kia Walkenhorst.

Interview by Sebastian Winter

Laura Ludwig made herself comfortable in a café in the Luzhniki sports complex on the Moskva River. Not because it's such a nice spot, but because there is good internet and even better food. The 33-year-old looks from the stands in Moscow to the European Championship finals, she failed early with her new partner Margareta Kozuch. An unfamiliar situation for the four-time European champion, world champion, Olympic champion – and that in the middle of qualifying for the Games in Tokyo. On Wednesday …

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Jenny Rissveds – Comeback to Depression – Sports

  • Mountain biker Jenny Rissveds won gold at the Olympic Games in Rio.
  • Then she fell ill with a depression, managed for months only walks.
  • She manages to return – because she no longer drives for herself but for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

By Emil Bischofberger, Lenzerheide

The call comes abruptly. It's the end of September 2016, after the Rio Olympics. Athlete manager Johan Elliot has been following only the final day of the golf tournament, client Henrik Stenson fought for gold. Now, on the phone, a woman says, "Hello, this is Jenny Rissveds." Then she pauses, so Elliot realizes: Her name should tell him something. But he does not. She notices this and says, "You do not know who I am – perfect." It's the beginning of a partnership with an athlete Elliot will say in 2019: "She's incredible, in every way, I've been doing it for 20 years, but these three years have been a better experience than anything before."

Rissveds had been 22 at the time and just Olympic champion. But she had realized that she needed help. Elliot, the ex-golfer who represents golfers, formerly Martin Kaymer, had a good reputation. So she came to him – and the Swede to a client. Today Elliot has to smile about his ignorance. "When she returned from Rio, Sweden had a new Madonna," he says of Rissveds' status – she is the country's most famous and beloved athlete. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the only one of the athletes they can get, Elliot thinks.

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Rissveds unloads the most urgent tasks on Elliot's team, causing a chain reaction. "They took over my outer struggles – and gave me time and space to deal with me, so I realized how tired I was." She also informs her team boss Thomas Frischknecht. The 2017 season had begun well: She won a mixed race in South Africa with the former Zurich professional. "I assumed that was a winter depression, I never expected it to grow that way," Frischknecht recalls.

"That's funny," says Rissveds: "Now they're hugging me at the finish."

He should be wrong. As a result, Rissveds can barely muster up to drive. In the spring their grandfathers die in a short time. She misses the first four World Cup races, with the remaining two she is a shadow of the Olympic champion. Only one year after the biggest success of her career, her life is completely off track. She communicates this unfamiliar openly, her depression, later her eating disorder. The reactions she receives are surprising her: "Many top athletes came to me, there are many who struggle with similar problems, it helps to talk about it, and at the same time that's the biggest hurdle: to admit that you're not feeling well That makes it so incredibly difficult to change. "

Nevertheless, their situation gets worse. After the 2017 season, she just barely walks for six months. Otherwise, she spends the days in bed, posing existential questions.

In the meantime, the contact with Frischknecht almost breaks off. He travels to Sweden with his wife. "Winter is not for you if you're not feeling well, it's wet, cold and only light for three hours a day," he tells her. They discuss variants of cooperation – and also a contract termination. After a short period of reflection, Rissveds chooses the last option. She writes after that: "Thanks for the trip, it was a few incredible years of my life, everything went so fast, from experience to world cup victories to the Olympic title, but in combination with some circumstances and too much pressure, I went with it lost." Frischknecht says, "That was bad – not being able to help her."

Elliot accompanies Rissveds in the replacement process from their previous lives, with the exception of two contracts, all sponsorship contracts are terminated. In time, she, who shares her life very openly, also prescribes timeouts from the social media. "There are several studies that show how much negative stress these can have on people's lives, and now I'm deliberately sharing my time," says Rissveds. In May 2018 she begins to train again. She describes this moment in retrospect as follows: "It was not the gold medal that caused butterflies in me, but the fact that the body and mind worked together again."

She knows how much biking means to her. But also that she does not want to do it the way he did before. "She said, 'It should not be about me,'" says Elliot. As his business partner remembers a concept that the agency once wrote: Team 31. The number stands for Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is about the right of the child to rest and leisure, to play and age-appropriate active recreation. Rissveds concludes, "I do it my way now, and with the opportunity to support the next generation, realizing that if I give myself a minute to a child, it can change my perspective, that's definitely one new dimension. " From now on, she drives for children.

Your jersey is practically free of sponsor logos, but the 31 emblazoned on it. She uses her time differently from training and races. Not for sponsor and customer events. But for activities with children, whether on a mountain bike, football or yoga. In order to gain more publicity, the project also needs the sporting success. And this one returns. Their World Cup ranks since the comeback: 33, 5, 9, 3. Frischknecht says: "I now see them at 95 percent, when she reaches the 100 again, she wins." The scene is happy about the return, even the competition. Nobody notices this more than Rissveds himself. She tells her manager: "That's funny: Now they're hugging me at the finish line." That's how it was on Sunday. Since she won the cross country world cup in Lenzerheide for the second time.

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TSV Dachau 1865 – Cheers! – Sports in the region

1865 Dachau impresses in the 3-1 win against Ingolstadt II in the second half – and later enjoys the folk festival in the hometown.

By Fabian Dilger, Dachau

In the middle of August, this is the season in Dachau, on the one hand people go on holiday. On the other hand, the large district town itself becomes the destination of day trippers from all over Munich: The Dachau folk festival brings more than 300 000 people to the city center, although many are fascinated by the traditionally low price for the Maß. The Dachau population itself is of course completely unsuspicious of such motives, and therefore, for example, no one would imply the Bayernliga footballers TSV 1865 that they move their team night just because of the drink prices in the beer tent. In any case, the players and coaches Fabian Lamotte were able to present themselves there on the first day of the festival. "We would have gone in defeat, but in a win it's more fun," said Lamotte after the convincing 3-1 (1-0) -Heimerfolg against FC Ingolstadt II.

A week earlier, it was feared that there would be accusatory glances for the 1865s. At the guest performance in Schwabmünchen there was a decent 1: 6 swatter. But within seven days Dachau managed something like a lightning rehab. During the week, Regionalist Rain was beaten 2-0 in the Toto Cup, at the weekend TSV delivered against the relegated Ingolstadt reserve also in the league from a good performance. The game had not started well, however, after 13 minutes Ingolstadt had already achieved the lead: A flying ball from left-back Felix Bachmann came so unerringly into the space between penalty point and five-line, that Philipp Herrmann could push between Dachau defense and goalkeeper, rise and per Direct picking the ball over the line pressed. "Luckily we did not break apart like we did in Schwabmünchen", right-winger Sebastian Brey judged the early deficit. Both teams were not saddle-fast in the partly lethargous first half. Ingolstadt defended some standards not good, Dachau tangled in the game structure again and again in the disturbing actions of the opponent.

With the beginning of the second half Dachau but was much more powerful, the attacks came faster and more targeted. Instead of Kurzpass, there were precise side shifts in the game structure, the goal was "to play for a while behind the chain and then conquer the second ball," said Lamotte. Mario Maric and Marko Todorovic were much more involved in the forward, especially benefited Sebastian Brey on the right side, who got more balls. Again and again Brey marched on his side and prepared the deserved 1: 1: His cross blew Ryosuke Kikuchi in the far corner (53.).

After that Ingolstadt remained strangely passive, Dachau also allowed little initiative. "It's a good sign to get one of the league's best, playfully strongest teams to beat long balls," Brey said. The chance increase in half two spoke clearly for Dachau, the 2-1 lead by a direct free kick by Alexander Weiser (80th) was justified. "We could have scored much sooner," said Lamotte. In the final minute Todorovic then sent a liberation strike of the Ingolstadt keeper Lukas Schellenberg back by dropkick. Without paying, the ball scanned Schellenberg and landed on the net. An ideal prelude to the team night, said Lamotte: "With three points you feel a bit better at the folk festival."

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Eichstätt – Enjoy the moment – Sport

"Raushauen was there": The VfB receives Hertha BSC Berlin in the DFB Cup.

Markus Mattes has experienced her once before, this special week in the life of an amateur footballer: The contemplative clubhouse becomes a mixed zone, on the training grounds there are a lot of people with TV cameras and microphones, in the region there seems to be no other topic of conversation give. In the course of this week, this increases almost exponentially, everything is looking forward to a game that is called in the environment then like "century game". And that represents only a so-called compulsory task for the opponent.

Markus Mattes, 44, is coach of VfB Eichstätt, the regional league player from the district town of Upper Bavaria will welcome Hertha BSC Berlin on Sunday in the first round of the DFB Cup. "The hustle and bustle has even become a little bit more," says Mattes, and that is "pretty breathtaking" considering that the hustle and bustle was already huge in August 2003. At that time Mattes stormed in the jersey of the TSV Aindling, Bayernliga, a small market in the district of Aichach-Friedberg, but one of the most exciting amateur teams in those years. There was always a lot going on in the stadium at the Schlüsselhauser Kreuz, there were always nice soccer matches to watch, but this time the opponent was called Schalke 04, trained by the great Jupp Heynckes. Around 8,000 people came, crowded at the gangs and on the small tribune. "You will not forget your life," says Mattes, "regardless of whether the football miracle happens or not." It did not happen, Schalke won 3: 0.

Now Mattes wants to try it again, against the same club by the way, which got the TSV Aindling the following year: Hertha BSC won 1-0, a late goal by Andreas "Zecke" Neuendorf prevented the cup miracle. Mattes was there but no longer there, he moved to FC Ingolstadt shortly before.

Since it is actually quite good that the VfB Eichstätt just happened last weekend, what is hoped for in the game against the Berlin itself: The Eichstätter failed in the first round of the Toto Cup at the Landesliga promoted TV Aiglsbach. A negligent favorite on the one hand, a highly motivated outsider on the other hand, a few bad turns in the course of the game – and you had lost 2-1. "For us that is already a small ray of hope," says Mattes, but immediately refers to a not insignificant circumstance: "Of course, the class gap on Sunday will be even higher."

The Eichstätter, one must know, understand themselves in the Regionalliga Bayern rather than outsiders. "If there was a budget table, VfB should always be on the 18th and last place in the table," said VfB board member Fritz Schaeffler Bavarian Radio, The promotion to the highest league of the Free State succeeded two years ago, the past season was the most successful in club history: second place behind FC Bayern München II, all of a sudden Eichstätt was qualified as the best amateur team in Bavaria for the DFB Cup. Coach Mattes' team are currently in solid eighth place, with one less game than most of their competitors. That even gives praise from the Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU): It was "phenomenal" what Eichstätt had achieved there, "with the budget, really a great achievement!" Herrmann has promised his coming to the game against Hertha BSC.

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TSV Neutraubling – SpVgg Unterhaching

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TV Wasserlos – SV Viktoria Aschaffenburg

1. SC wet – TSV Aubstadt

TSV Großbardorf – 1. FC Schweinfurt 05

TSV Karlburg – FC Eintracht Bamberg

DJK Gebenbach – FC Ingolstadt 04

DJK Vilzing – SpVgg Bayreuth

TSV 1865 Dachau – TSV Buchbach

VfR Garching – SV Wacker Burghausen

SV Schalding-Heining – TSV 1860 Rosenheim

TSV 1882 Landsberg – Tükgücü Munich

TSV 1880 Wasserburg – FC Memmingen

TSV 1875 Kottern – FV Illertissen

Türkspor Augsburg – SV Heimstetten

The investments in the infrastructure could not quite keep pace with the sporting upswing of the club, which is why in Eichstätt larger ambitions are categorically rejected. The VfB one day in the third division? "Utopia", explained sporting director Johann Benz in December of the Donaukurier, The own stadium is too small for the DFB Cup, the game against Berlin must be held in about 30 kilometers away Ingolstadt. "It's disappointing that amateur clubs now have huge requirements to meet," says Mattes. An atmosphere as he once experienced as a player in Aindling, was not expected in a foreign stadium.

Also, from the revenue in the six-figure range, the Eichstätt could stay less than hoped. The stadium in Ingolstadt costs rent, instead of the two security staff in the regional league, the VfB has to engage for the cup match of 140. In addition, the club must cede 175 500 euros to the Bavarian Football Association (BFV).

Mattes does not want to be distracted by such things, he wants to "enjoy the moment and then see what's going on". But how is there supposed to be something against a Bundesliga club, in which the financial investor Lars Windhorst recently pumped in 125 million euros? "Get rid of what's there," says coach Mattes, "and then you always have a small chance as an outsider." In other words: VfB Eichstätt wants to be a bit like the TV Aiglsbach on Sunday.

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DFB – "People annoys the clique at the top" – sports

Ute Groth on her spontaneous application for the vacant presidency.

Ute Groth hardly had any chances when she sent her unsolicited application for the vacant presidency in the DFB. In addition, Ute Groth, 60, a construction planner and honorary president of the DJK TuSA 06 Düsseldorf with 1400 members, is too much of a realist. But she wanted to give the amateur clubs more hearing in the German Football Association – and encourage a debate over the occupation of the top post. Whether the DFB has dealt with their application, Groth has not learned. The only thing is clear: On August 21, the association wants to present its candidate for the office, the election is scheduled for September 27. Regardless of the outcome, changes are needed, believes Ute Groth.

SZ: Mrs Groth, the Aktionsgemeinschaft "Save the Amateur Clubs" has just spoken out for you as DFB President. As a club president you would know the "worries and hardships" better than most officials, it is said. But is not that too late?

Groth: They support my candidacy, that's nice. But that really does not make sense anymore, I no longer need the campaigning assistance. The topic of my candidacy had obviously done for the DFB so from the beginning. On August 1, an application had to be sent by name to the DFB-Bundestag. And since none of the DFB has contacted me, I do not suppose that I belong to the candidates.

But you certainly do not know whether you are on the shortlist of candidates that the DFB has created?

No. That's a secret thing. I had two contacts with the DFB: Right at the beginning after my application in May. And then there was a personal contact with Mr. Rainer Koch, the DFB Vice President, at the Verbandstag Niederrhein in June. He told me that the office of DFB President was a very important item, it was about a lot of money, because you would have to be a business professional, that would be the least daring. I interpreted that as: They think you are too small a light.

Were you proposed by your national association for candidacy? That would have been the prerequisite.

I approached the national association. The application was submitted on time, but was not heard on the day in question. The process is a bit intransparent.

On the other hand, you must have hit a nerve. Otherwise, there would be, inter alia, the election call of the Aktionsgemeinschaft "Save the amateur clubs" to the former Unterhachinger club boss Engelbert Kupka not.

That so much feedback came from the base actually surprised me. Especially since my application in the first two weeks so was not publicly known; At the beginning I only told the club colleague, then a regional newspaper took up the topic here in Düsseldorf – and suddenly reactions of people came from the amateur clubs from all over Germany. At least in the long term, we want to build up a nationwide network of clubs that are on the same wavelength. The tenor was almost always the same: First, there is the feeling that the processes at the DFB are no longer transparent. On the other hand, the concern that the amateurs no longer feel represented by the DFB. Almost 25,000 amateur clubs and 56 professional clubs are organized by the men in the DFB. The main focus, however, is on the professional sector, where the money is implemented. That is, it's all about the glitter and glamor, but not about what's going on at the base.

Presumably, the base no longer understands why the DFB presidents are not at the top. Theo Zwanziger shortened his term, Wolfgang Niersbach drew the consequences of the summer fairytale scandal in 2006, and in April Reinhard Grindel retired because of a gifted clock.

I have also taken the reactions: What annoys the people is the Klüngel at the head of the DFB. From the club level, it looks like this: We all need role models, we also club chairperson, and if there are inconsistencies at the top, then that is not good for us. Because that has effects on our reputation.

Money alone can not be the fault of many who are dissatisfied. Overall, the DFB and its regional associations invest about 120 million euros per year in amateur football.

Yes, that's on the homepage. But what are they doing with it? They offer training courses, have websites offering training sessions, and it's great to be on now gets all the amateur results. But that does not help in the daily work with our teenagers! We have to organize the games, find the instructors, pay for the training, pay penalties and contributions. If the DFB bus comes by every seven years, then they inspire 20 young people. I find the topic difficult.

Where would your club, the DJK TuSA 06 Düsseldorf, hope for concrete help?

In Germany, many clubs are now 100 years old, because there is a lack of infrastructure. Of course, the DFB does not have to make sure that our facilities are rehabilitated, as the cities and towns help. But he could intervene helpfully. If you have a great project in the club and want to strengthen, for example, the girls' football and needs additional cabins: Why can not you make a direct application for funding at the DFB?

And you're out

His last three presidents have prematurely lost the German Football Association (DFB). Theo Zwanziger, in office from 2004, handed over in 2012 – also in the light of increasing criticism of his appearance – prematurely to Wolfgang Niersbach. But Niersbach then already stumbled in November 2015 on the summer fairy tale affair surrounding the 2006 World Cup. His successor Reinhard Grindel, in turn, held only until April 2019. After various awkwardness in his term, Grindel stumbled upon the adoption of a luxury watch.

Did the DFB talk to you about your ideas after applying?

At the beginning, the Human Resources Department of the DFB wrote back that my application was received, that the Swiss Personnel Consultancy Egon Zehnder should seek a suitable candidate; I should please agree to pass on my documents. That was the one contact. Then I had questions about the statute, how to get on a candidate list, and a lawyer of the DFB has phoned me.

The DFB has just announced a structural reform that will restrict the presidency. Between economic and charitable tasks should be separated more clearly. What do you think: is this the right way?

This means that the office of the DFB President will be curtailed. Which of the two then has an influence on the distribution of funds? Personally, I think division of tasks would be better than cutting skills, a dual point in which one person takes care of the amateur section and another one the professional section – in close collaboration, with beautiful interlocking and good ideas. In a classic club you basically work that way and that works.

They had given themselves only a minimal chance at the presidential poll from the beginning. They wanted to give the DFB also food for thought and provoke. Has that succeeded?

I think so. It has never happened – I observe that for a while – that in the run-up to a DFB presidential election there was a public debate about who is coming into office and what he should be able to do.

Secret, the candidate list is still!

Yes, but at least now I've heard the question: What do you actually have for a program? This has never been debated before. Also that one deals now with who the delegates are, how the procedure runs – there, I think, I have already done quite a good job.

It was at least talked about what in 119 years DFB has never been – namely a woman as president.

Yes, but football is still a male domain. That's why I do not find that surprising. It is rather surprising that somebody volunteered from below, from the base. With me that was quite spontaneous: After the resignation of Mr. Grindel I sat on the couch and got angry. That's why I wanted to get involved, wanted to do something. Then I read in the Sueddeutsche a comment that said that for the DFB presidency no study of rocket science is needed. So I thought: why are they looking for only in football circles? Everyone can do that.

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Federer and Nadal forge an alliance against Djokovic – Sport

  • Rarely has there been a year in which struggles for power and distribution of offices and prizes opened up ditches like this one.
  • Now Federer and Nadal join the players' council – and are likely to curtail the influence of President Djokovic.

If you are known in tennis, you are often in focus. On Thursday Roger Federer was 38 years old – half the world congratulated the Swiss on the Internet. Companion Rafael Nadal meanwhile provided a sporting message. In Montreal, the Spaniard scored his 379th match win at one of the nine tournaments in the Masters series. With 6: 3, 6: 4 against Argentinian Guido Pella in the round of the last sixteen, Nadal, 33, has now overtaken Federer for the most successes in the 1000s tournaments (the winner wins 1000 ranking points). Novak Djokovic, like Federer in action in Cincinnati next week, is still pausing – and yet became an issue.

The fact that Federer and Nadal join the players' council, as the ATP Tour announced, to occupy three out of four vacant seats with the Austrian Jürgen Melzer, also affects the Serbs. The 32-year-old Djokovic is the president there – and Federer and Nadal are likely to curtail his influence. Never before has the rivalry, which the three heavyweights of the industry not only perform on the courts, become more apparent than with this maneuver by Federer and Nadal.

On the positive side, the constellation is in the twelve-headed one Players Council unique: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are now engaged in the three formative players, who have collected 54 Grand Slam trophies and tennis thanks to their personalities in new, monetary dimensions have led. But rarely has there been a year when it raged like this on the men's tour and struggles for power and distribution of office and prize money.

"I can not just look away and say I'm not interested"

First, it became known in March that the contract of long-time, in many places estimated ATP chief Chris Kermode end of 2019 will not be extended – the driving force of this step was Djokovic, it said. At the same time ex-professional Justin Gimelstob (USA) was built as a successor, also by Djokovic. Federer and Nadal felt ignored, telling them that they needed to talk to them. Djokovic replied that they could have contacted each other. Since then, the "Big Three", as they are called, are openly positioned: here Federer and Nadal, Fedal The two favorites – there Djokovic, the lesser lover, Nick Kyrgios, the aggressive Australian, recently claimed he had a "sick obsession" to become as popular as Federer and Nadal.

When Gimelstob, who most recently received a suspended sentence in a US assault trial, stepped down from the Players' Council, that was Djokovic's first weakening. Eventually, four more players replaced Wimbledon, Jamie Murray, Robin Haase, Sergei Stachowski and coaching representative Dani Vallverdu. As early as March, Federer had hinted that he would probably get more involved again in the future ("I do not want to keep sparking all the time, but I can not just look the other way and say I'm not interested"). Nadal, who seldom became suspicious of being very political, now made it clear how close the alliance between him and Federer is: "We have decided together to return to the Board," he said. "We talked about it before I still he wanted to go back to the council alone. "

Before the US Open (from August 26), the first session of the panel is scheduled. "We're here to help and, of course, to know a little better what's happening," said Nadal. "Last year there were ups and downs in many areas." The most important first topic will certainly be the occupation of the ATP chief post. Federer and Nadal want to have a say in the question of who will be the top driver of their active career in recent years, which is obvious.

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