Rudi Völler has avoided the question of his possible new job with the German national soccer team for the time being.
Offenbach - "We still have our round of experts this week," said the former national player and DFB team boss on the stage at the New Year's reception of the German Football League in Offenbach.
There will be a discussion again.
"Let's see," Völler replied when asked whether the execution would be reported afterwards.
Völler is now the only candidate to succeed former DFB director Oliver Bierhoff.
"Rudi has the advantage that most people have a positive attitude towards him," said DFL supervisory board chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke.
"If you're a plum then, it won't do you any good.
But he still has a lot of ideas.
That in combination is a good story.” Völler is “extremely authentic”.
Watzke and Völler himself belong to the DFB task force alongside DFB President Bernd Neuendorf, Bayern Munich's former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, his successor Oliver Kahn, ex-DFB sports director Matthias Sammer and former Leipzig managing director Oliver Mintzlaff.
After the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, this is looking for solutions on how the DFB selection will be successful again.
The next meeting is this Thursday.
"As Germans, we must not make ourselves too small, not as the DFL, not as the DFB, not the clubs," said Völler.
“There is definitely more in the EM.
We are good enough.” A “few things” would have to be changed, said Völler.
"Very important, just be more self-confident."
DFL honorary award for Völler
Before that, Völler had also been personally awarded the DFL honorary award in Offenbach.
This represents "recognition for special and outstanding achievements in all aspects of German professional football," is how the DFL describes the award.
Völler had to cancel the original appointment in mid-August 2022 for personal reasons.
A total of 15 people are DFL honorary award winners.
Born in Hanau, Völler began his active career at Kickers Offenbach.
"Of course I'm happy about the award, I grew up less than ten minutes from here," said Völler.
He feels "a bit like a child of the Bundesliga".