Status: 01/19/2023 9:25 PM
Former team manager Rudi Völler succeeds Oliver Bierhoff as manager of the German national football team.
The German Football Association announced this on Thursday evening (01/19/2023) after a recommendation from the team working with Hans-Joachim Watzki, Bernd Neuendorf, Oliver Kahn, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Mentzlaff, Matthias Sammer and Fuller himself. Now the responsible bodies of the German Football Association still have to agree.
Former world champion Fuller, who has already retired from football in the summer of 2022, is set to take over some of the duties of former DFB director Bierhoff. And this had left the federation after the preliminary round of the World Cup from the selection of the Football Association at the end of last year in Qatar. According to reports, the German Football Association will spread other Beerhof regions on several shoulders.
Fuller: “Gratitude, passion and great motivation”
“After many wonderful years at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, I’m going back to where I was able to experience great times as team boss. That’s why I approach my new job with the national team with great gratitude, passion and motivation,” said Voehler in the DFB announcement. “First of all, we have to lay the foundations for a successful home European Championship in 2024 supported by all of Germany. We have players for that.”
Neuendorf: “Völler is one of the greatest players in German football” – Flick: “The right cast”
Fuller will be presented in his new position on Friday, Location: DFB Campus. The meeting will also be attended by the President of the German Federation, Bernd Neuendorf, and the Vice President of the Federation, Hans-Joachim Watzke. “Rudi Voller is one of the greatest players in German football,” Neuendorf said in the statement. With him, they were going to find the perfect cast for the next 20 months. “I am very happy that Rudi Völler is ready to undertake this difficult task. Given his biography, his outstanding successes and his personality, he is the perfect fit for the German Football Association,” said Wätzki.
“Rudy is a constant in German football,” confirmed Flick, national team coach. “With his style and his successes, he has inspired fans as a player, coach and manager. His experience with the national team and his many years working at Bayer Leverkusen make him the right person for the tasks ahead.” his coaching staff and will be looking forward to going to the European Championships on home soil next year.
World Champion as a player and runner-up as a coach
For Fuller, the focus is on selecting national coach Hansi Flick. Fuller left Bayer Leverkusen as managing director last summer. In 2000 he had already stepped in when the DFB needed him most, even as he was the team’s president at the time. He led the German Confederation’s selection for the 2002 World Cup Final, after the preliminary round at the 2004 European Championship ended. For many German fans, the 1990 World Champion, who can look back on a very successful playing career, is an idol.