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DFL-Neujahrsempfang: Völler weicht Frage nach DFB-Posten noch aus

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Status: 01/17/2023 1:29 p.m

Rudi Völler has avoided the question of his possible new job with the German national soccer team for the time being.

“We still have our round of experts this week,” said the former international and DFB team manager on stage at the German Football League’s New Year’s reception 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, that’s no use to you. But he also has a lot of knowledge. 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’s definitely more to be had at the European Championships. We’re 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 “a recognition of 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”.

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