"Don't they want to be perceived as friendly people?" The DFB entourage was not well received at the World Cup
Created: 05/12/2022 09:36
By: Marius Epp
While other World Cup teams appeared in public, the DFB entourage holed up and isolated themselves.
That doesn't win you sympathy.
Doha – The DFB would like to forget the Qatar chapter as soon as possible.
But a messed up World Cup isn't easily forgotten - especially when it's the second in a row.
That's why Hansi Flick and Oliver Bierhoff have to report on Wednesday.
German Football Association (DFB)
Foundation: January 28, 1900
President: Bernd Neuendorf
Members (approx.): 7,064,052
Clubs (approx.): 24,301
In the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt, of course, the sporting performance is put to the test.
But also in terms of international popularity things looked better.
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Above all, the DFB wants to become more approachable and transparent again with President Bernd Neuendorf.
The choice of accommodation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar did not fit this resolution.
The DFB entourage isolated itself in the Zulal resort in the north of the peninsula, no other team was further away from the capital Doha.
So much so that the DFB once defied FIFA regulations and did not send any players to the press conference in Doha's press centre.
The long journey is simply not to be expected of any player.
The DFB knew the circumstances even before the choice of accommodation.
Hansi Flick and his team did not give much insight to the public in Qatar.
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With a certain arrogance, the Germans demanded that the press conference be held in their own media room, which FIFA refused.
The DFB was also sometimes not well received by the international press.
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The Vietnamese journalist Tran Duc Troung was very interested in the German team.
After all, soccer is the number one sport in Vietnam.
The Bundesliga is trying very hard to open up the market, only recently Borussia Dortmund was there with Mats Hummels and Marco Reus.
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As he reports
, it was almost impossible for Troung to get close to the DFB team at the World Cup.
He received a refusal from FIFA for the games.
During the training sessions, the DFB would have given him an insight of only 15 minutes.
Far too much effort for Troung, after all, the DFB quarters were difficult to reach.
According to the report, the Brazilians, for example, who give interviews, provide insights and win sympathy, are much more open.
Troung wonders: “Why wasn't there more activity, why was it almost impossible for us to attend team training?
That would be so important for the image of German football.
Don't they want to be perceived as friendly people?"