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WM 2022: Oliver Bierhoff löst Vertrag mit dem DFB auf

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Status: 05.12.2022 10:32 p.m

After leaving the group stage at the World Cup in Qatar, the DFB took action. Oliver Bierhoff, managing director of the national teams, has had his contract terminated.

Oliver Bierhoff is leaving the German Football Association (DFB) after 18 years as a consequence of the World Cup debacle. The DFB announced the termination of the contract on Monday evening (December 5, 2022). Bierhoff was most recently “Managing Director National Teams and Academy” at the association. The DFB committees are to discuss the succession plan. Bierhoff’s contract ran until 2024.

Bierhoff: “Make the way clear”

“After 18 years in responsible positions at the German Football Association (DFB), I have resigned from my position as managing director of the national teams and academy with immediate effect. I agreed on this today with President Bernd Neuendorf. I am thus paving the way for new decisions.” , it said in a statement from Bierhoff.

“Take responsibility for wrong decisions”

“My work was always driven by the conviction that I should do my best for the DFB and the national teams. That’s why the performance of the men’s national team at the World Cups in Russia and Qatar hurts me all the more,” he continued. “That’s why I’m not leaving without the necessary self-criticism. In the past four years we haven’t managed to build on previous successes and give the fans reason to celebrate again. Some decisions that we were convinced of didn’t turn out to be the proved correct. No one regrets that more than I do. I take responsibility for that.”

The 54-year-old Bierhoff has held a responsible position for the national team since 2004. Many successes fell during this period, the greatest of which was when he won the 2014 World Cup. However, the following three tournaments ended in disappointment. As in Russia in 2018, Germany was eliminated four years later after the preliminary round. At the EM 2020, the selection of the DFB only made it to the round of 16.

Increasing alienation between fans and the national team

Even more important for the release than the sporting reasons may have been that Bierhoff is responsible for the increasing alienation between fans and the national team. This is symbolized by the claim “The team” introduced in 2015, which was collected by DFB President Bernd Neuendorf, who was elected in March. Hans-Joachim Watzke, who was also the 1st Vice President of the DFB as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the German Football League (DFL), had spoken out in favor of abolishing the claim.

According to information from the sports show, Watzke was present at the meeting that should lead to Bierhoff’s end a good 18 months before the start of the European Championships in Germany.

Initially, the conversation was only about taking Bierhoff from the national team. The former national player should retain responsibility for the academy that opened in Frankfurt am Main just a few months ago. But he refused this.

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