Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and by Raphael Honigstein

By Raphael Honigstein

‘Football is a straightforward online game; 22 males chase a ball for ninety mins and on the finish, the Germans consistently win’ - Gary Lineker

13 July 2014, international Cup ultimate, the final ten mins of additional time: Germany ahead Mario Götze, receiving a floated go from his foreign teammate André Schürrle, jumps just a little to fulfill the ball and cushion it along with his chest. touchdown on his left foot, he's taking a step along with his correct, swivels, and in a single fluid movement, with no the ball touching the floor, volleys it previous the onrushing Argentine goalkeeper into the some distance nook of the internet. The objective wins Germany the area Cup for the 1st time in nearly twenty-five years. within the aftermath, Götze seems dazed, not able to understand what he has done.

In Das Reboot, journalist and tv pundit Raphael Honigstein charts the go back of German soccer from the overseas desert of the overdue Nineties to Götze’s second of genius and asks how did this happen? How did German soccer remodel itself from its effective, yet unappealing and defensively minded traditions to the free-flowing, attackingfootball that was once on show in 2014? the reply takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracaná, through Dortmund and Durban. jam-packed with unique interviews with the major protagonists, Honigstein’s booklet lifts the lid at the secrets and techniques of German football’s good fortune.

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Did we really have to do things differently all of a sudden? The time Jogi, Oliver and me had spent abroad convinced us that the answer was yes. ’ At the squad’s first get-together in the team hotel, Klinsmann showed them a video of Germany’s past World Cup triumphs and the 2002 team’s triumphant return to Frankfurt after their runners-up place in South Korea/Japan. Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself ’, an ode to taking chances (‘One shot, one opportunity . ’) played in the background.  III, with its iconic prison cover artwork, might have made for an appropriate soundtrack, too.

But on another day, the left-back can make the difference. Let’s say you have your Führungsspieler in Germany, and your opponents mark him out of the game. Then everything breaks down? ’ Ballack took responsibility by scoring the crucial goals. But when the national team lost, the public were quick to diagnose insufficient leadership. He was a quiet, controlled player, not one to scythe down an opposition playmaker, shout at the referee or rough up a teammate. Netzer famously wrote in 2003 that Ballack was ‘not predestined for the leadership role of days gone by’ because the socialist GDR had been a country where ‘the collective counted’ and ‘the path for geniuses was blocked’.

He drove here, we had a barbecue and talked for hours about football and the national team. At one point he asked me whether I could imagine taking on such a task. Otto Rehhagel and Ottmar Hitzfeld had already ruled themselves out at the time. ” It was more in jest. ’ Vogts had told German FA secretary Horst R. Schmidt, a member of the task force, about Klinsmann’s willingness to step into the breach. Schmidt passed on the message to FA president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder. A couple of days later, the three of them met in a restaurant in New York.

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