Every year the German Academy for Football Culture announces what it considers to be the best football quote of the year.
The award has gone to Köln coach Steffen Baumgart.
“The game is only finished when the referee blows the whistle for full time & I’m no longer yelling.”
👍🏼 Danke für alle Genesungswünsche, mir geht es den Umständen entsprechend gut. Ich bin sehr stolz auf die Mannschaft, mein gesamtes Trainerteam und das Team hinter dem Team! Ihr habt es gestern super gemacht und mich bestmöglich vertreten. #MiaSanMia
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann has tested positive for Covid-19. Nagelsmann missed the 4:0 CL win over Benfica in Lisbon but was in touch with his coaching staff from his hotel. He’ll be flown back separately from the team & remain in household isolation.
6/ Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeneß (also was his coach with the Bayern II team) describes Richards as follows: “A defender who goes in hard, fast, good in the air, willing to learn & very ambitious. Despite his age, very mature.”
3/ Richards on consistency: “That’s the most important area where I have to improve, and that has a lot to do with experience. So for exactly that reason I’m in Hoffenheim to get a lot of match practice.”
2/ Richards: “I wanted to return to Hoffenheim. In the summer it emerged that there would continue to be a lot of competition in Munich & I wouldn’t play every game for a long time. I’m not afraid of competition but it was better for me to go to Hoffenheim & play regularly.”
1/ 🧵 ahead of Bayern-Hoffenheim (my Sat commentary game) for the world feed. Kicker quotes from #USMNT defender Chris Richards as he prepares to face his parent club. Richards says he wasn’t disappointed when Julian Nagelsmann decided not to build his squad with him. #FCBTSG
Kicker editorial by Oliver Hartmann is critical of RB Leipzig, mostly CEO Oliver Mintzlaff for lax decision making. Hartmann notes the absence of a sporting director “particularly given that in Jesse Marsch a Bundesliga greenhorn was hired with a new coaching team around him.”
Lucky enough to have worked at every World Cup since 1990. Aware every time that we’re witnessing something special/rare that future generations will put on that same pedestal. Has to be nurtured, not cheapened.
This isn’t complicated. The World Cup is on a pedestal because
- having it once every 4 years gives it that pedestal. The pinnacle.
- Every team at its best/strongest competes to be there, aware of that special pedestal.
Shouldn’t even need said. But apparently it does.
Fair enough on the decisions but 2 very confusing signals by Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan. Fooled the German radio comms on the first disallowed goal as his signal made it look as thought the goal stood. Confusion for all.
Lutz Wagner of the DFB has my fav explanation of the handball line on the shirt (after initial misinformation about a T-shirt line.)
In Lutz‘s words, if you slide the captain‘s armband to the highest possible position & it strikes that position, it’s handball. #Lewy
ESPN's @RaeComm shares his #Bundesliga match to watch
∙ 5 goals by each team last week
∙ Bayern coach Nagelsmann faces the club that put him on the map
∙ Will Robert Lewandowski (9 goals) outshine Andrej Kramaric (6 assists)?
⚽️ #FCBayern vs #TSG
Sat | 9:30a ET | @ESPNPlus