Béla Réthy is "Germany a bit on the cookie": private plans after the ZDF farewell are already in place
Created: 2022-12-13, 7:49 p.m
By: Alexander Kaindl
Béla Réthy is one of the most well-known football commentators in Germany.
He will retire after the 2022 World Cup.
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ZDF reporter Béla Réthy will retire after the 2022 World Cup.
The commentator legend already has plans for the free time.
Mainz - These are the last days of an incomparable career: Béla Réthy will commentate on his last game for ZDF on Wednesday.
After that, one of the most famous voices in German football will retire, as reported by tz.de.
Born: December 14, 1956 (Age: 65 years old), Vienna, Austria
Children: Laura Réthy, Paul Réthy
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It was already clear before the tournament that the now 65-year-old would retire after the 2022 World Cup.
From 1996 to 2018, Réthy commented on all finals of the World and European Championships broadcast by ZDF.
Born in Vienna, he has been a reporter at ten World Cups since 1986.
And yet he still experienced things in this winter World Cup that he had never seen before - for example that the spectators poured out of the stadium in droves at the opening game.
Réthy is criticized by many fans, but celebrated by experts and colleagues.
In the end, he always stayed true to his style.
At the end of his great career he will commentate on the World Cup semi-final between France and Morocco.
After the game on Wednesday evening (8 p.m. / ZDF), he then puts the microphone aside.
Does boredom follow?
Réthy already has private plans for how to proceed.
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Béla Réthy private: Plans after the ZDF farewell are already in place
He recently told Der
that he will probably spend a lot of time abroad.
Because: “Germany is getting on my nerves a bit at the moment.” The sports journalist openly says what bothers him: too much morality, too much outrage, a lack of composure, a lack of tolerance.
"I have the feeling that it's the same hysteria, whether the postman doesn't come for two days or a nuclear power plant goes off," he continues.
A few days ago, Réthy also explained in the podcast "Die Wochentester" (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger/RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland) that he does not believe in a summer fairy tale at the home European Championship 2024, like Germany experienced at the 2006 World Cup.
“We are very divided, very negative.
In 2006 Germany was a different country, more relaxed, more tolerant.
Not so dogmatic.
Not so demagogic.”
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So Réthy and Germany keep their distance for now.
After his career, the ZDF legend wants to rent a house in Portugal and tour Europe in a VW Bulli.
"First of all, do nothing and see when I start to get bored," Réthy told Der
He has a fixed date of June 10, 2023, when the Champions League final will be played in Istanbul.
The ZDF will broadcast the game, Réthy then wants to pay a visit to the old colleagues on site.
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Will he make it to the Bosphorus in his VW Bulli?
Réthy would have time.
And thanks to his extensive language skills (German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian), he will be able to do what he has loved to do over the past decades on his European tour: tell many different people stories and anecdotes from the sport .
Before it comes to that, there is one last dance to do - together with Sandro Wagner.