Berliner Fußball-Profi Moritz Jenz: “Wenn man für einen Verein wie Celtic spielt, kann man nicht meckern”
With the move to Celtic Glasgow, Moritz Jenz has made the leap onto the big football stage. In an interview with rbb|24, the 23-year-old talks about his life in Scotland, his passion for Hertha BSC and why they call him “Mercedes”.
2022 was a special year for Moritz Jenz. The central defender has been playing for traditional Scottish club Celtic Glasgow since the beginning of the season. The 23-year-old, who moved to the island as a teenager, is now a regular player and was also active with Celtic in the Champions League against Real Madrid.
rbb|24: Questionable food, manageable weather: do you still feel comfortable in Glasgow? And if so, why?
I’ve felt really comfortable here since day one. I lived in England for eight years, it’s similar there. I like the people, they’re just really nice. I also like the weather, although it rains a lot and is cold. It really is an awesome city with lots of options. When you play for a club like Celtic you just can’t complain.
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You indicated it: Celtic Glasgow is one of the heavyweights in the football world in terms of atmosphere and culture. How is that expressed?
It’s a dream to play for such a huge club with a worldwide fan base. During the World Cup we were in Australia and we had 6,000 to 7,000 fans with us. 60,000 spectators always come to the home games. You’ll feel proud wearing this iconic green and white stripe jersey. It’s always a boost when you play. One is not afraid. It doesn’t matter who you play against. Whether it’s against Real Madrid in the Champions League or against other big teams, you feel just as big. I’m really proud to be a part of it.
You played in the Champions League for the first time in autumn. How was it?
It was very special and to play directly against Real Madrid is obviously incredible. Two years ago I was still in Switzerland and played against Grashoppers Zurich and this year against Real. It was really a beautiful moment and an experience for eternity.
You left Berlin for London when you were 13 to play for FC Fulham. What was it like going abroad at such a young age?
I really wanted to do it. I’ve always dreamed of the Premier League, it’s a fantastic league. When a traditional club like Fulham comes knocking, that’s really cool. And then London too. The first few weeks were a bit difficult. School English doesn’t help you much when you talk to the London boys. But after a while it was relatively cool. London is a very multicultural city and it’s quite easy to make friends and feel at home there.
How did the contact with Fulham come about in the first place?
They had scouted me for years. We played a lot of tournaments with Tennis Borussia, there were always foreign teams and also Bundesliga clubs. Then the call came from England and they asked me if I would like to come over and take a look at everything. Then we flew there, looked at the stadium and the grounds. The decision was made quickly and we did it.
You left Berlin ten years ago. Do you still miss something from your hometown?
Difficult question, I haven’t been to Berlin for a long time. I still have a few friends who live there. Of course I miss them. I would love to live in Berlin again. But what I’m missing … hmm … I don’t know exactly.
How do you see football in Berlin? As a native of Spandau, you probably prefer Hertha…
… yes, I’m Hertha. The first game I saw in the stadium was Hertha against MSV Duisburg. That must have been 2007 or 2008. Since then I’ve been a Hertha fan and have seen many games in the stadium. For me, Hertha is a really great club and I carry the club in my heart. They actually have everything you need to be a top team. A great site, a great stadium, great fans. I hope Hertha can play at the top of the table again at some point.
And how do you see Union?
I have great respect for the work that is done there. They make good transfers, spend little money, but still have a lot of quality. And of course Urs Fischer does a very good job. It’s good for the Bundesliga to see something new. But I hope they don’t have too much success so that Hertha can keep up (laughs).
You named Jerome Boateng as your role model. What impresses you about him?
He was one of the best central defenders in the world. In addition, like me, he played for Tennis Borussia and also made the move to England. I love his opening and passing game and need a few more years to be able to get to his level. But yes, in a sporting sense he is my idol.
At the World Cup in Qatar, the German team had cut a very bad figure, especially on the defensive. Has national coach Hansi Flick already contacted you?
No, we haven’t had contact yet. When we played in Leipzig in the Champions League, he was in the stadium. But we didn’t have a good game, we lost. The second leg in Glasgow was good, I would have liked to have had him there (laughs). But no, we haven’t had contact yet. I don’t think I’m at the level yet to be there. But I am working on it.
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Her nickname in Glasgow is “Mercedes”. How come?
After I scored two goals in my first two games, there was a meme on the web where my head was mounted on a Mercedes. Then everything happened very quickly and now I’m addressed more as “Mercedes” and not as Moritz at every game. I think that’s really cool, nicknames are simply a part of British football. It shows appreciation for a player.
They are on loan to Celtic until the end of the season. Are there any plans for the time after that?
Difficult to say because it’s still relatively early. My agent and the club representatives will discuss this. I’m relatively happy at Celtic and it’s really fun here. Every day is a dream. I hope it can continue like this in the long term. Lets see what happens. I just keep going full throttle for Celtic.
Thank you for the interview.
The conversation was led by Mathias Ehlers, rbb Sport
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