I’m worried about Julian Nagelsmann, the Bayern coach, who always says what’s on his mind and doesn’t take losses into account.
I pray it stays that way, but I’m afraid he might stop at some point, that is, when it just annoys him that there’s always someone who gets upset about what he’s said. I call it Mehmet Scholl Syndrome. (REPORT: Why Nagelsmann often offends)
But why is that even there?
Many of Nagelsmann shied away
After a year with the record champions, it’s almost a miracle that the 35-year-old continues to do it. (NEWS: All current information about the Bundesliga)
Countless other people in front of Nagelsmann were shocked and reacted quickly when they realized what a difference it makes whether you hit the jackpot as a left-back at VfL Osnabrück or as a player at, let’s say: Borussia Dortmund. (REPORT: Nagelsmann stops at Tel “one day on 40 goals”)
When Nagelsmann was still a coach at Hoffenheim and Niklas Süle/Sebastian Rudy left the club, he said: “The farmer has to part with his cows and pigs from time to time.”
Today he would probably get an open letter from the Farmers’ Union and one from “Vegetarians for Germany” (if they exist), and from 27 members of the Bundestag actually an enema (sorry, that was a play on words, I hope it wasn’t a protest letter from the German intestinal bandages).
So many people would get so upset about him on Twitter that the share price would rise by four dollars.
Fire brigade scandal: Germany has a problem with humor
When Nagelsmann recently said: “We’re not with the voluntary fire brigade of South Giesing”, nobody laughed, there were angry protests, and in the end Nagelsmann had to pay a courtesy call to the fire brigade and say 29 times how important fire brigades are. (DATA: Bundesliga results and schedule)
The joke is: He had only made a loose saying. Nobody doubts that the volunteer fire brigade does a great job, and I’m sure: neither does Nagelsmann. He just knows better than most that he’s in an entertainment business. His proposal was nevertheless gratefully received.
In Germany we’ve always had problems with humor, otherwise we don’t have Mario Barth. A lot of athletes know that, because they experienced it first hand and therefore at some point didn’t say anything at all, because it’s much safer to speak according to the Bundesliga Media Service Ordinance. (Yes, of course, they don’t exist, that was a joke, dear DFL!).
“We are all very disappointed. But we lose together and we win together. Now we have to analyze and look ahead.”
Humor & jokes misunderstood: Scholl is silent
The most famous example is the former soccer player Mehmet Scholl: he was really funny, but many didn’t get it. They did what one should never do with humor: look for the error. His “Hang the greens while there are still trees” was maybe a bit harsh, but top-notch humor.
The “I don’t give a damn what it’s going to be. The main thing is that he’s healthy” of the father-to-be Scholl would entail a seven-week gender discussion today. It was just hilarious though.
By the way, a long time ago Scholl called me upset because he had made a joke about Canadian and American cities in the press conference, I forgot the punchline, but Scholl played with the model “Milan or Madrid – the main thing is Italy”.
After that, a reporter who didn’t understand the gag wrote a text about how stupid footballers are – Scholl, for example, can’t even tell the United States and Canada apart. At some point Scholl decided not to keep anything apart anymore, he just kept silent.
Kahn speaks only diplomatic titan German
Hopefully Nagelsmann doesn’t do that too. Because I like his a bit cheeky, super fast humor that goes around the corner before it finds its destination. But sometimes it’s just straight ahead.
When FC Barcelona, who were completely bankrupt, lured Bayern’s top striker Robert Lewandowski, he only said what the whole football world thought: “It’s the only club in the world that has no money, but buys any player it wants. It’s kind of weird, kind of crazy.” That was great. (REPORT: Nagelsmann deals against Barca)
Of course, but there were also enemas for this truth (again, sorry intestinal association!), one even from his own board, Oliver Kahn, who now only speaks diplomatic titan German after his career as a goalkeeper. (REPORT: Barca vehemently counters Nagelsmann’s criticism)
Like Scholl: I hope Nagelsmann doesn’t retire too
And when Nagelsmann just said that Harry Kane was a great and expensive footballer (that’s not even a joke, strictly speaking), all judges’ scales at Tottenham Hotspur hit the limit. (REPORT: Because of Kane! Next attack against Nagelsmann)
Coach Antonio Conte personally complained about this insubordinate behavior at a press conference, and in the end Nagelsmann had to pick up his cell phone and calm him down.
“There is no mulled wine or schnapps at the training ground because I also have to drive a car. I have both in the fridge at home,” Nagelsmann once said at some service anniversary, and there were certainly some people on the social networks who pointed out what a fool someone should be who puts mulled wine in the fridge. (OVERVIEW: The fixed transfers of all Bundesliga clubs)
That’s the way it is: Many teams can’t get along with Nagelsmann’s fast-paced football, and many people can’t with his pace humor. But I love this humor, and the last thing I want is for Nagelsmann to capitulate at some point in the face of the humorless and say “I only think from game to game” from now on.
Nagelsmann draws a smug comparison to private life
A good part of my anticipation for the Bundesliga season that starts on Friday really has to do with the fact that I hope to hear a lot of funny things from the likes of him or Freiburg’s Christian Streich again.
Incidentally, five years ago Nagelsmann compared the coach-club relationship with his private life: “It’s the same in a love relationship. Sometimes you have a partner and you think: This is the best thing that could have happened to you. And after half a year you think to yourself: for God’s sake, what have I babbled on there?”
very funny Also due to the current situation. But let’s leave that.
Alex Steudel is a freelance journalist based in Hamburg. He was a Bayern and national team reporter and editor-in-chief of Sport-Bild. Today, in his column for SPORT1, he mentions current football topics in a way that is not always meant to be taken seriously. Steudel columns are also available as a book – the title: “UND IN THE END THE BAVARIANS WIN”, 268 pages. Order here!