Its Mixed Joys and Sorrows in German Soccer and Basketball

Mixed Joys and Sorrows in German Soccer and Basketball

When a coach is kicked out, one side is thrilled with the win.

Soccer lost 3 consecutive A matches in 38 years…

Even the Prime Minister gives encouragement to the first ‘historic victory’

in basketball since the implementation of the full-time manager system …

“Achievements despite a narrow base”

“Germany became world champions today!”

Toni Kroos

Midfielder Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), who wore the uniform of the German national soccer team and played 106 international matches, wrote this on his X (old Twitter) account on the 10th (local time) and added a basketball emoji. 바카라사이트

Germany is famous as a representative ‘country of soccer.’

As such, the status of Kroos, who led Brazil to victory in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, is also remarkable.

The reason why Cross, who played a key role in winning the World Cup nine years ago, posted this post was to congratulate his country on winning the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup.

The purpose was to draw attention to the achievements of the basketball team, but some fans self-deprecatingly replied, saying, ‘The soccer team also needs support.’

Other fans also asked Kroos, who announced his retirement from the national team in 2021, to “come back to the national soccer team.”

Basketball World Cup

Coincidentally, this is a reaction that occurred as Germany’s victory in the Basketball World Cup and the dismissal of the national soccer team coach for the first time occurred on the same day.

The mixed joys and sorrows of the two sports were clearly revealed on the website of German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).

DW made headlines in the sports category with the headline, ‘Germany is the world champion in basketball.’

Below this headline, two important soccer articles were placed side by side.

One is an article about the dismissal of national team coach Hansi Flick, the other is an analysis article pointing out the reality of German soccer, which lost 1-4 to Japan at home.

The title of the latter is ‘Disaster Instead of a New Beginning’.

German Basketball

The German basketball world was filled with emotion as they defeated the ‘world’s best’

United States in the semifinals and even defeated the powerhouse Serbia to come out on top.

This is the first World Cup win in German basketball history.

The joy is even greater because it has completely reversed the trend of recent struggles,

such as failing to advance to the 2014 World Cup finals and finishing in 18th place in the previous tournament, 2019.

According to sports media Kicker, Dennis Schroeder (Toronto), who was selected as the MVP of the tournament, was happy and said, “It was a long journey,” and “We finally came this far.

I can’t believe we have 8 wins and no losses.”

Dirk Nowitzki

German basketball legend Dirk Nowitzki, who played 21 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA),

also praised his juniors on social media, writing, “World champions! Unbelievable!”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also encouraged X, saying, “World champion! It’s an amazing and historic feat.”

Former national team coach Dirk Bauermann said in a contribution directly sent to Kicker,

“The number of people registered with the German Basketball Association is about 250,000,

the achievement of creating a team that won the World Cup within such a small base should not be overlooked.”

This is definitely a smaller number compared to soccer.

German Football Association

According to the German Football Association, the number of soccer players registered in 21 local associations already exceeded 7 million in 2017.

Unlike basketball, German football, ahead of the 2024 European Football Championship (Euro 2024), is in a gloomy mood.

Germany, which was eliminated in the group stage of the Qatar World Cup,

won 2-0 against Peru in March of this year, but then fell to 1 draw and 4 losses.

They lost 2-3 to Belgium in the second game in March, and drew 3-3 with Ukraine in the first game in June before falling to Poland (0-1) and Colombia (0-2).

Germany, desperate for a turnaround, invited Japan home on the 10th Korean time,

but fell to their knees with a score of 1-4.

It was the first time in about 38 years since the West German era in 1985 that the German national team lost three times in a row in international matches, and coach Hansi Flick was eventually dismissed.

According to the BBC, this is the first case of the German national soccer team ‘resigning’ a head coach since the introduction of the full-time manager system in 1926.

Rudi Voehler, general manager of the German national soccer team, explained the reason for the ‘precipitation’,

saying, “The game against Japan clearly showed that we are unable to make progress in this situation.”

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