Status: 07.12.2023, 17:04 PM
By: Christoph Klaucke
Julian Nagelsmann watches some international players at the DFB Cup match between Stuttgart and Dortmund ahead of Euro 2024. Girlfriend Lena sits in the stands at his side.
Stuttgart – Well, who's sitting in the stands? At the cup clash between VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund, Julian Nagelsmann mingled with the spectators. This is not a big surprise at first. The national coach took the opportunity to observe numerous national players in view of the 2024 European Championship in Germany. However, Nagelsmann did not come alone – at his side sat girlfriend Lena.
|23 July 1987 (age 36), in Landsberg am Lech
|National Coach Germany
|Previous coaching positions:
|FC Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, TSG Hoffenheim
Nagelsmann appears in the stands with girlfriend Lena in the DFB-Pokal in Stuttgart
The couple made themselves comfortable in the stands of the Stuttgart football arena in temperatures of around three degrees. Nagelsmann's girlfriend Lena Wurzenberger also kept warm with a red scarf.
The former VfB player and manager, Dieter Hoeneß, took a seat next to them. Nagelsmann, who had arrived in time for the European Championship draw with an impromptu car ride, and his Lena were clearly having fun. In the meantime, there was a lively chat with Sami Khedria, who was recently on duty as a pundit at tournaments of the German national team.
National coach Julian Nagelsmann and his girlfriend Lena Wurzenberger at the DFB Cup match between Stuttgart and Dortmund. © ActionPictures/Sportfoto Rudel/Imago
Surprising pictures: National coach Nagelsmann brings girlfriend Lena to cup cracker
Unusually, in the past, the partners of the national coaches were not to be seen in the stands of the Republic. There were no similar pictures of Jogi Löw or Hansi Flick, for example. Nagelsmann caused astonishment in the DFB cosmos with the surprising couple appearance with his Lena.
Joint appearances between the two have not been uncommon since Nagelsmann's relationship with the former Bayern reporter became known to the Bild newspaper last year. Lena was already in the stadium for the DFB team's 2-3 defeat to Turkey in Berlin. Even in Nagelsmann's last months as Bayern coach, she was almost always cheering in the stands. After the Champions League victory in Paris in February, there was even a kiss for his Lena at the edge of the stands from Nagelsmann.
At the side of national coach Julian Nagelsmann and his girlfriend Lena: VfB legend Dieter Hoeneß. © H. Langer/Imago
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Nagelsmann must select the right players for the upcoming international matches against the Netherlands and France at the end of March in order not to come under increasing pressure before the home tournament in Germany. Former national player and TV pundit Didi Hamann shoots against Nagelsmann and is already rumouring about his exit before the European Championship.
Was he able to gain new insights in the round of 2 match between Stuttgart and Dortmund (0-24)? Chris Führich and Josha Vagnoman were in action for VfB. Karim Adeyemi, Emre Can, Nico Schlotterbeck, Mats Hummels, Marius Wolf and Youssoufa Moukoko, who had to be substituted after just <> minutes, played for BVB. But Nagelsmann has also observed another player: VfB striker Undav chooses Germany – a new star in the DFB firmament? (ck)