"Can understand his motives": Hansi Flick mourns the DFB departure
Created: 01/10/2023 15:54
By: Antonio Jose Riether
For more than twenty years Prof. Dr.
Tim Meyer team doctor of the DFB team.
After a total of eleven World Cup and European Championship tournaments, it's over now.
Frankfurt am Main – After the unsuccessful World Cup in Qatar, the German Football Association has to reinvent itself on the way to the 2024 home European Championship.
After the termination of the contract of long-time director Oliver Bierhoff, the association now has to reposition itself in the position of team doctor.
More than two decades after taking office with the national team, the previous team doctor Prof. Dr.
Tim Meyer his hat.
National coach Hansi Flick regrets the decision of the 55-year-old.
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Meyer takes his hat - "I had discussed this with my wife"
He sat on the sidelines in a total of 289 international matches, now his long era at the DFB is coming to an end.
"At his own request" says goodbye to Prof. Dr.
Tim Meyer after 21 years in which he witnessed six World Cups and five European Championships.
The sports doctor will no longer accompany the national team, but will remain with the association as chairman of the medical committee.
In the message on his departure, the man from Lower Saxony thanked him for a “great time”, but he could no longer do his previous job.
"Even before the World Cup, I had discussed with my wife that I wanted to quit because my overall time commitment was simply reaching its limits," explained Meyer.
He did not want "to get involved in the discussions immediately after the World Cup," said the professor at Saarland University with regard to the timing.
Tim Meyer was the team doctor for the German national team for more than two decades.
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Meyer described the World Cup triumph in Brazil in 2014 as the “emotional high point in my previous work for the DFB”. The Corona restart in 2020 was also significant ways,” recalls the head of the responsible task force.
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In more than two decades, Meyer has experienced a total of four national coaches in his work.
After working as a doctor for the U20 selection and the A2 national team from 1999, he joined the A national team in 2001, which was then coached by team boss Rudi Völler.
In the years that followed, he experienced Jürgen Klinsmann and the long era of Joachim Löw.
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"We will miss him": national coach Hansi Flick regrets the departure of DFB doctor Prof. Dr.
Meyer is now ending his career under national coach Hansi Flick.
He already expressed his sadness about the doctor's departure.
"My appreciation for the person and the doctor Tim Meyer is huge," the 57-year-old was quoted as saying in the message.
"Our cooperation was characterized by trust and respect, by loyalty and mutual appreciation".
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"His expertise and know-how have always amazed me," Flick said, adding: "We will miss him as a doctor - and also as an adviser and interesting and clever conversationalist.
I very much regret his departure, but I can understand his motives and wish him all the best for his future.” In the future, Meyer will be more involved in international football research and consulting, as the DFB announced on Tuesday.