ZDF reporter Claudia Neumann is the first woman on German TV to comment on the final of the premier class. This caused a stir even before the start of the game.
Istanbul – The Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan has the potential to go down in history. The Sky Blues could win the trophy for the first time. It is already certain that ZDF reporter Claudia Neumann will make history with the TV broadcast in Istanbul in the evening: She will be the first woman on German television to comment on the final of the premier class. And that caused discussions even before the kick-off of the final at 21 p.m.
|Born:||2 February 1964 (aged 59 years), Düren|
|At ZDF since:||1999|
Ahead of Champions League final: Reporter Claudia Neumann sparks discussion
The journalist had already caused mixed reactions with her sports reports in the past. Among other things, Neumann had been heavily criticized during the 2021 European Championship. She was also in the spotlight around the duel between City and Inter - even before the game in the Turkish metropolis had even begun.
On the Twitter platform, football fans reacted differently to the news that the 59-year-old was sitting in front of the microphone for ZDF. Above all, however, skepticism spread as to whether Neumann was up to the task.
She is the first woman on German television to comment on the Champions League final and thus causes mixed reactions: ZDF reporter Claudia Neumann. © Imago / Jan Huebner
"The evening is over": Fans complain about Neumann's comment at the Champions League final
Among the users of the social medium, negative reactions predominated. Neumann's commitment was "a slap in the face for every football fan," said one user. Another online fan also shot very hard at the 59-year-old sports reporter: "I was looking forward to the Champions League final until just now. Then I was reminded that Claudia Neumann was commenting," he rumbled.
While Karl-Heinz-Rummenigge announced a new signing from Bayern in a TV interview before the match, another viewer expressed his dissatisfaction with Neumann's commentary style: "The evening is over. What an unbearable voice," he lamented. Another Twitter user took the same line. He will have to watch the final between City and Inter "without sound, because my sensitive German ears can't cope with Claudia Neumann's voice."
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During the pre-show before the finale, which started at 20:45 p.m., Neumann's coverage on ZDF began. This musical highlight of the evening was provided by the Brazilian singer Anitta and the Nigerian pop star Burna Boy, who performed shortly before kick-off in Istanbul.
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"It's off to a good start," one user wrote. "Claudia Neumann doesn't even manage not to talk into the live act. This can be something ...", he added. "As if Claudia Neumann is talking into the show," another user expressed his incomprehension of the accompanying words of the Germans.
"It's 2023": Also positive voices on Claudia Neumann's comment at the Champions League final
However, there were also positive voices on Twitter about Neumann's nomination for the match for the Henkelpott. One user wrote, for example, that some reactions were "also really sucking". "Gosh, it's 2023. Why is this still a problem?" he pleaded for more tolerance for the commentator.
Objectively, another user of the platform picked up the news that the 59-year-old would accompany the finale vocally on ZDF. "You don't have to like her style," she wrote. Neumann had "earned this commitment – through competence, experience and hard work," the user praised the career of the television reporter.
Another event also caused a sensation before the final: shortly before the Champions League final, clouds of smoke drifted as far as the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul. (wuc)