Conflicts between DFL and DFB: Watzke wants the national team as a mood lifter

Hans-Joachim Watzke is currently in important positions in both the German Football League and the DFB.

Conflicts between DFL and DFB: Watzke wants the national team as a mood lifter

Hans-Joachim Watzke is currently in important positions in both the German Football League and the DFB. The top official from Borussia Dortmund wants to swear both institutions back to a common direction for the benefit of German football.

Hans-Joachim Watzke hopes for better cooperation between the German Football League (DFL) and the German Football Association (DFB). "Last year you had the feeling that two trains were racing towards each other and the question was who would derail first. But that doesn't work. If they crash into each other, both will derail in the end," said the managing director of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in a SPOBIS podcast "Sports, Business

According to his own statements, this disturbed relationship was a reason for him to make himself available as chairman of the DFL supervisory board and as DFB vice-president since February: “The whole issue between DFL and DFB has been too confrontational for me in the last two years. Both sides made mistakes. I'm currently trying to put that on a different footing with the new DFB President Bernd Neuendorf."

The 62-year-old campaigned for more understanding on both sides: "We only have one football - and we have to share it between DFL and DFB. When football shines as a whole, everyone benefits." Watzke also took responsibility for the national team: "A good World Cup would help a lot. If the national team had played better in recent years, it wouldn't have escalated so much."

In 2022, with the World Cup in Qatar in November and December, the German national team, which after recent disappointing tournaments not only needs a great success in the eyes of Hans-Joachim Watzke, has the chance to do its part to improve the mood. The goals for the World Cup have already been formulated precisely and unequivocally at the DFB: “Everyone wants to be there in Qatar. Everyone wants to be world champion. sports show" said.


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