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Niclas Füllkrug and the rehabilitation: »Football romantic feelings«


Thanks to Niclas Füllkrug, Germany has a good chance of reaching the round of 16 again. SPIEGEL sports reporter Peter Ahrens warns against putting too much burden on Bremen - and hopes for a flow for the DFB-Elf.

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After the first disaster, now the rehabilitation: The 1-1 draw against Spain, one of the best teams in the world, almost feels like a win for many fans.

Is the German team on track now?

Hansi Flick, national coach

»Perhaps it is the initial spark for the things that we simply need for self-image then also to score the goal, like Niklas Füllkrug did.

Those are the things we need.«

Peter Ahrens, SPIEGEL sports editor

“It's possible that they get into a flow like that.

I think that's conceivable.

You did quite a lot right yesterday, I have to say.

So if you somehow say that Japan is playing, the coach would also have a line-up when he was replaced by this Schlotterbeck team.

Then this time it was also a draw for the coach because he took the right tactical measures.”

Niclas Füllkrug, 29. Just three international matches.

None from the start.

Last season he was still a second division striker.

It contradicts the laws of the market a bit.

Peter Ahrens, SPIEGEL sports editor

“Of course he serves something like football-romantic feelings, because he's the kind of guy you say, yes, you can meet him in the pub.

I don't think he's wearing a backpack with any diamonds on it.

I'd say he's good for the team in his role as a centre-forward.

Because someone like that was missing.

That he's such a guy that people say yes, now I'm watching the national team again.

I think that also overwhelms Niclas Füllkrug.


So far, this World Cup has aroused little interest in Germany.

But perhaps the performance against Spain was a turning point.

The TV quota has almost doubled compared to the Japan game - from around nine to 17 million viewers.

In the stadium, too, the atmosphere among the German fans was better.

Peter Ahrens, SPIEGEL sports editor

»Here it was like that, there it was just the way the sound reminded you of a real World Cup game and you say okay, that's really a World Cup atmosphere.

There were also more Germans in the stadium than against Japan.

I felt like it was one on one as far as the Spanish colony was concerned.

To that extent, I didn't notice anything at all, I didn't stumble at all that I would have thought, strange, strange, but that was, yes, classic support from a German delegation.

It's still a lot less than at other world championships.

That was also the case yesterday, but there were several more.


Saddened to death, then rejoicing sky high?

That would be premature.

The preliminary round isn't over yet - Germany must first win against Costa Rica on Thursday and hope for help from the Spaniards against Japan.

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-11-28

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