Reorganization of German Football
The year 2018 was a black one in German Football. For the very first time in history of a World Cup, Germany crashed out of the group stage. And if that wasn’t enough, they got relegated from the UEFA Nations League A. How can they strike back?
Bundesliga clubs struggled to be competitive in European competitions during the 2017/18 season. Only Bayern Munich reached the knock-out stages of the Champions League. Borussia Dortmund did not win any game in the Champions League competition that year. Then when Borussia Dortmund played in the Europa League, they were eliminated by Red Bull Salzburg.
This year Bundesliga teams have done a bit better with Bayern Munich, Dortmund and Schalke all advancing from their Champions League group. They’ve all made it to the second round. Besides the above, Eintracht Frankfurt won all of the six Europa League matches and are now in the quarter finals and will battle against SL Benfica from Portugal.
However there is a bigger fundamental problem at the moment. The Bundesliga teams are no longer the famous German youth football factories, but there is a current wave of English, French an Eastern Europe talents. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Luka Jović (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen) are a few examples of big talents in de Bundesliga in that category. Young international talents have abilities that cannot be retraced in young German players right now. “When clubs prefer to sign young English, French or Belgian players, then there is only one solution. Young German players have to get better,” says Oliver Bierhoff, sporting director of the National Team of Germany.
They have to go back to the streets. For example: Jadon Sancho has learned to play on the backstreets of London, he’s a step ahead of his German colleagues. In other words, German football needs more Marco Reus’ and Mesut Özils, who’ve learned to play football in the backstreets of Dortmund or Gelsenkirchen. There was a big load of players that could play a style that was successful between 2008 and 2018, but the game has changed with a bigger focus on quick play and very tight defensive lines, which fits true strikers and quick dribblers better. The production of these kind of players has lacked in Germany in the past ten years, which is the reason for clubs to start scouting players abroad. When you dive into the history of the Deutscher Fuβball-Bund and German football overall, you will realize that they are capable of changing the development of talents.
Better times ahead
The reorganization has started, as Joachim Löw (national coach) told that Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller no longer will be selected for the first. Instead of these players, he named talents like: Leroy Sané, Serge Gnabry, Thilo Kehrer, Julian Brandt, Kai Havertz, Jonathan Tah and Leon Goretzka. With these players, they won the first match in the European qualification against the Netherlands with 2-3. This was a very important game for the team, the coach and the German fans. What they’ve achieved with this reorganization can be measured during the World Cup in 2022 or during the European Championship in 2024.