The players of 1. FC Heidenheim storm the press conference after the promotion. Nobody expected coach Frank Schmidt's reaction.
Regensburg – The success story of 1. FC Heidenheim is closely linked to the name of coach Frank Schmidt. In 2007, the Heidenheim native took over the club in the fifth division on an interim basis, and almost 16 years later he was promoted to the Bundesliga with FCH - the greatest success in history.
|Date and place of birth:||3 January 1974 in Heidenheim an der Brenz|
|Clubs as coaches in the professional sector:||1. FC Heidenheim|
|Contract with Heidenheim until:||June 2027|
|Greatest successes:||Promotion to the second division (2013/14), promotion to the Bundesliga (2022/23)|
Heidenheim turns game against Regensburg - beer shower for Schmidt
With the late and dramatic 3-2 victory at SSV Jahn Regensburg, the club from the east of Baden-Württemberg secured the second division championship and sent Hamburger SV into the relegation. Afterwards, the joy naturally knew no bounds. First we celebrated on the lawn, then we continued in the catacombs.
There, however, the obligatory press conference with the two coaches took place after the game. The players were not bothered by this, large parts of the team stormed the room and gave their coach a hearty beer shower.
For Heidenheim's coach Frank Schmidt, there was a beer shower from his players at the press conference. © Tom Weller/dpa
Schmidt threatens: "Let's just train another week longer"
While the team danced around Schmidt, he took note of what was happening almost stoically. With a brief movement of his head, he first sent his team out of the room and shortly afterwards formulated a more or less serious announcement before making a remarkable statement in the direction of Jahn.
"Sorry. Yes, then we'll train for another week, I don't care," said the 49-year-old with a slight hint of a smile. After that, however, the face of the longest-serving coach in German professional football darkened and he sent warm words to the hosts, who will have to compete in the third division next season.
Heidenheim: Schmidt apologizes - and thanks Jahn
"So first of all, I'm sorry because: I also know that Jahn Regensburg was relegated today and I really say that out of the greatest respect. I believe that anyone who knows us knows that people are in the foreground for us. And once again, thank you very much for making this celebration possible for us today. That's not something that can be taken for granted," Schmidt thanked SSV.
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He also had something to say about the 2023/24 season. "I wish you all the best for the new season and that you achieve the goals you set for yourself. The best thing to do is to get back to the second division as soon as possible," Schmidt said in his best wishes to the Upper Palatinate.
Statue for Heidenheim coach Schmidt? "There will be peeing at some point"
Immediately after the final whistle, the ex-professional had already provided a special moment in the Sky interview. After Heidenheim CEO Holger Sanwald had promised him the construction of a statue on Friday, Schmidt was asked by the reporter where it should be.
His answer: "Nowhere. Because that's where people pee at some point and I don't want that." But even without this honor, the name Frank Schmidt will forever be associated with 1. (masc)
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