Hummels, Boateng, Müller: Löw declares secret operation - Sport

  • Joachim Löw comments in Frankfurt on the departure of Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng and Thomas Müller in the national team.
  • The national coach explained why he delivered the message to the three world champions like a raid.
  • Also DFB President Reinhard Grindel learned later from Löw's decision.


By Philipp Selldorf, Frankfurt

He wanted to "describe a bit of what personally, from my point of view," said the coach, as he addressed the word to his audience. That sounded confident and almost conspiratorial, but it was not, because Joachim Loew was not sitting in the quiet corner of a restaurant, but in the large meeting room of the DFB headquarters on the world famous Otto Fleck-Schneise. In addition to a gang of reporters, the football people could follow his words via live broadcast. In this less than intimate round, on the one hand, there was a general announcement – namely, the cadre for the next two internationals – and, on the other hand, information about the secret operation that Loew had recently undertaken in Munich. There, under strange circumstances, he had informed world champions Jérôme Boateng, Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels that they would be missing not only on the list for the test against Serbia and the first European Championship qualifier in the Netherlands – but no nominations at all should show up.

It was "of course noted that much has been discussed and interpreted," said the DFB spokesman Jens Grittner, and Löw showed the hint of a smile, which is remarkable because otherwise he has consistently omitted the smile during his remarks ,

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He had probably expected debates, but he still did not like the fact that his field trip abroad was frowned upon in many ways. Beyond the sporting aspects, he was accused of negligence and bad style, lack of sense, even cold feeling when delivering the message to the old heroes. He took an explicit stand against the latter. He finds it "strange" to be criticized by people for conversation content that was not there. Despite the contempt for this sort of ignorant know-it-all, he was in no hurry to voice his surprise. Had it been up to him, he would have expressed it at the earliest next week in Wolfsburg – at the venue of the next international match. But the DFB found it necessary to inform the public as quickly as possible about the background and motives of the sudden departure and let Low know that too. The fact that the national coach missed the scheduled appointment by an hour, was not due to his reluctance, which can take very firm forms, but to punctuality problems of Deutsche Bahn.

In addition, Löw does not believe that the matter would have required the establishment of a committee of inquiry. With those affected, he thinks long time again, with Boateng and Müller (apparently not yet with Hummels) he had phoned extensively during the past few days, Löw reported.

Löw does not trust FC Bayern and the DFB

His decision to take the old champions from the service to give the younger generation to develop space, he thinks anyway right ("it was essential to change something"), and also at the end of the trip to Munich, he can not Finding mistakes: "The top priority was directness and to say it in person because we wanted to be open and honest with them," said Löw. From this condition, the procedure resulted in the style of a command action: "I would have been ashamed if anything had previously appeared in the media," said the 58-year-old coach a sentence that explains much and at the same time raises some questions.

The fact that Löw, his assistant Marcus Sorg and DFB manager Oliver Bierhoff suddenly stood on Säbener Straße on Tuesday morning and demanded entry and a room to hold one-on-one talks with Müller, Hummels and Boateng, is what the people at FC have to offer Bavaria also irritated because they took the unarmed raid as a vote of no confidence. They certainly had cause for this assumption. Loew had renounced a formal registration because he believed: "The risk that something leaked, was too big." But he was keen to have his world champions "personally told me, not on the phone, not on the media," and he considered the players' workplace better suited than a hotel "where they might be shot down." What is meant: with the camera. "Emotionally," he said, "this gear was extremely difficult," said Löw.

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