It is about more than the national team

After the DFB and Oliver Bierhoff parted ways, Donata Hopfen, the next manager in German football, is about to say goodbye – and rightly so. A comment from Qatar.

Oliver Bierhoff (left) is no longer in office – but DFB president Bernd Neuendorf (right) and his deputy Hans-Joachim Watzke (2nd from left) still have other personnel decisions to make.dpa / Federico Gambarini

It’s not good for German football right now. The big story is the one that began in the desert of Qatar in front of the world public and continues behind closed doors in Germany on Wednesday. The national team’s future is at stake in a men’s round. Due to the performance at the World Cup and the demanding words of their president, Hansi Flick and Oliver Bierhoff saw themselves pushed into the defensive.

The first consequence: the Foursome turned into a triangle on Monday evening – after 18 years, the DFB and Bierhoff have parted ways. At least Flick has the chance to cleverly play his way out of defence.

The separation from Oliver Bierhoff is a sign of political responsibility

The league’s board chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke will watch over it even more than association chief Bernd Neuendorf, before the verdict must be discussed at a board meeting on Friday. Bierhoffs have already been liked. The separation is a sign that he is taking political responsibility for the former figurehead of ailing German football.

The little story behind the big story is actually much more important. It’s not just about a team that has become important every few years and has lost much of its social recognition. But about the entire Bundesliga, about 36 clubs, about four to five billion euros in sales per season.

It is to be expected that Donata Hopfen will also have to leave his desk this week, after the highest placed operational DFB manager Bierhoff. After less than a year on the job. DFL’s board also meets on Wednesday.

Its chairman Watzke – three and a half years ago, who left Berlin early from the league meeting because he was denied a place in the presidency – no longer makes any major decisions. The epicenter of German football is no longer in Munich or Frankfurt, but in Dortmund.

Springer’s ex-wife, Donata Hopfen, was recruited by Watzke’s predecessor, Peter Peters. This is the man who has been squatting on the soft armchair between the sheikhs as a member of the Fifa government for the past few weeks. Relations with the DFB and its president Neuendorf, to whom Peters lost in a vote in March, could hardly be worse.

Donata Hopfen is not ready for the task as DFL leader

Alpha animal Watzke, 63, quickly realized that newcomers were not up to the big task of succeeding Christian Seifert. Her first major interview turned into an embarrassment when the 46-year-old did not rule out a Bundesliga Supercup in Saudi Arabia from the start. Watzke had to sweep up fragments. Her relationship with staff and the media started strained and stayed that way, managers left DFL, the digital expert lacked football skills and there was no visible communications strategy. She seemed to feel a stranger in the men’s union, to which she also remained a stranger. Your World Cup visit to Qatar: short and almost secret. The dry message: Sport must be the focus.

She was no longer involved in the conversations with Flick and Bierhoff. The staff has long since become a mutual misunderstanding. Hops leave no hole. Her shortened tenure has done a disservice to the necessary development of women in leadership positions in German football.

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