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

By Raphael Honigstein

“A appealing tale, expertly told.” —Per Mertesacker, Arsenal defender and member of the German nationwide staff, winners of the 2014 global Cup

Estádio do Maracanã, July thirteen, 2014, the final ten mins of additional time on the planet Cup ultimate: German ahead Mario Götze jumps to fulfill a floated go from André Schürrle, cushions the ball along with his chest, and in a single fluid movement volleys the ball previous the onrushing Argentine goalkeeper into the a ways nook of the web. The objective wins Germany the area Cup for the 1st time in nearly thirty years. because the crowd roars, Götze appears dazed, not able to understand what he has done.

In Das Reboot, Raphael Honigstein charts the go back of German football from the dreary performance of the overdue Nineties to Götze’s second of elegant, balletic genius and asks: How did this take place? the reply takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracanã, through Dortmund and Amsterdam. jam-packed with specific interviews with key figures, together with Jürgen Klinsmann, Thomas Müller, Oliver Bierhoff, and plenty of extra, Honigstein’s e-book finds the secrets and techniques of German soccer’s success.

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Even then, you could see that the foundations were crumbling. ’ At the modestly furnished Sportschule Hennef, Klinsmann met a man who hadn’t won anything as a player with Germany but who’d been allowed to take part in the truncated course because he’d already coached at the highest level at Stuttgart and Karlsruhe: Joachim Löw. ‘I had been a professional player for eighteen years. In those eighteen years, not one manager was able to explain to me how a back four should move across the pitch,’ Klinsmann recalled years later.

So I said, let’s do it properly. 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.

Suddenly, national team meetings didn’t so much feel like a holiday camp with some football thrown in, more like management seminars. There were plenty of motivational talks. Bonding sessions. Go-karting. Archery. Even a course in watch-making. Klinsmann: ‘We wanted them to understand that it was their career, and they had to make the most of it. We wanted them to take responsibility. Don’t make ten sprints because your manager tells you to. Think about why you’re doing it. Demand explanations.

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