These Soccer Players And Managers “Hate” Each Other
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A pronounced antipathy is actually rare among football professionals. But it does happen. Between teammates sometimes, between opponents more often, but also among professionals of very different generations and between footballers who don't really have much to do with each other. But they “can't stand each other at all” and are more than unsympathetic to each other.
Occasions and causes are widely scattered. Sometimes it is due to soccer incidents such as fouls and rude attacks. Sometimes it is politically justified and then there is the topic complex Sex and Wags (Wives And Girlfriends of high-profile professional athletes).
In the following article, we have summarized the whole spectrum of pronounced football rankings. Among them are real footballing ‘hate relationships', amusing trifle and medial ‘duo' – football enmities that are not footballers and only occasionally conjured up from the boulevard.
By the way, there are no 60 professionals in our post. Because some professionals appear several times. And you could have bet on these guys. By the way, the whole thing almost ended with a knock out for a superstar. He definitely lost the special encounter on points. And that doesn't fit at all to ego and attitude of the alpha male. But more of that at position 6 of the post. We placed 11th with our favorite in the category “The younger one stretches out the woman to his buddy as well as friend and mentor”. An erotic actress and mother of 2 children. Father? The buddy.And the number one becomes German. He appears several times in our ranking and even his fans consider him a little cranky.
He also made the claim during his career that two playing positions can only be taken by more than just crazy guys. That's why he quickly lost his nickname. First, he moved to the enemy within the Bundesliga at the beginning of his professional career and took the tram home while his own game was still running. Then he got into a fight with various colleagues at his new club, especially with those who even remotely looked like competitors on his position. And finally, he was openly bickering with the one nobody wanted to be open with before and that was the “gorilla in space”.
But there he prevailed. Although the “gorilla in space” still thinks that if he had played at that time, another team would have become world champion. He would have done better if he had shot that one goal. Then a little football fairy tale would have turned into a real party.
But we want to start with one of the meanest fouls in football history. Begun by a player who is partly ritualistically revered by the fans of his club.There was a fight with Peter Schmeichel, he called his coach a wanker and published a second biography under the motto “Ten dirty stories. We are talking about Roy Keane, whose performances for Ireland and ManU were remarkable as well as his scandals and player enmities.
Example 1 – After the official Manchester United championship celebration in May 1999, Roy Keane joined David Beckham, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, and Gary Neville at a late hour in an economy called “Henry´s Bar”. Keane's flirting attempts with two ladies in attendance turned out to be not very promising, which brought the midfielder to his senses. One of the women reported later: “He was very, very drunk and as aggressive as you can imagine.” Keane kicked one of the ladies, poured his beer over the other's head and was finally taken into custody by the police and spent the night in the detention cell. He was not convicted for this.
Example 2 – During the preparation of the training camp in Spain, Keane first criticized the organization of the association (“stuporous!”). He then fought with goalkeeper coach Pat Bonner, co-coach Ian Evans, and goalkeeper Alan Kelly as they simply didn't want to see Keane criticizing them for the lax training plan for the goalkeepers. The Irish federation first sent Keane home but offered him a pardon. The only condition: Keane should apologize. Which, of course, he didn't. Without their best player, Ireland lost to Spain in the round of sixteen.
Example 3 – It's astonishing that Keane was still Ireland's national player at that time. He had already clashed with coach McCarthy in November 2001. McCarthy had accused his protégé of faking an injury before the return leg in the World Cup play-offs against Iran. Keane, all diplomat: “You were a bad player and you are a bad coach! The only reason why I have to deal with you is that you are somehow the coach of my country and you are not even Irish, you English…But Keane had a special hostility towards Alf-Inge Haaland. A story of revenge, testosterone, and dirtiness.
And the absolute opposite of sportsmanship. The story begins in 1997 with a foul by Keane in the Manchester-Derby. Keane broke his cruciate ligament in a harmless duel with Haaland. And even worse, lying on the ground and Haaland called him an actor. Everybody was amused by Haaland. Especially since he had noticed that Keane was drunk and not really able to play.
Keane couldn't let it sit on him and foul the Norwegian deliberately and purposefully at the next sporting encounter. This time he was seriously injured at his knee. Keane was suspended for a total of eight games and received a hefty fine.
As if Keane's legendary foul against Manchester City player Alf-Inge Haaland hadn't been bad enough, the Irishman followed in his first biography (published in summer 2002). “I was waiting until five minutes before the end. I hit him very hard. There! Take that, you cunt!” That's how he described his foul, which, contrary to popular belief, didn't end the Norwegian's career. It becomes understandable why he probably had the nickname ‘Schitzo' at ManU. At least that's what former ManU player Lee Sharpe claimed.Kahn vs. Lehmann – the German goalkeeper duel with a certain pinch of antipathy. The top dog against the upstart. Cojones-Kahn vs. Mad Jens Bad Ass Lehmann.
When coach Jürgen Klinsmann took over the German national team in 2004, Oliver Kahn was the undisputed number 1. He had just brought Germany into the final of the 2002 World Cup with incredible performances and was at the height of his career. Kahn was good, really good. He had only one weakness. Kahn could hold balls but not play football. The opposite of a sweeper-keeper a la Manuel Neuer. And the “innovator” Jürgen Klinsmann was looking for something in this direction. There was a goalkeeper who played along and who could sometimes be expected to pass back without being prone to panic attacks. So he set the ball rolling and provided for an unprecedented duel for the number 1 in the German goal. Icon Kahn versus the man who played a fantastic season at Arsenal in 2006 but then lost control of himself at decisive moments. Like in the final of the Champions League 2006.
Klinsmann bet on rotation in the German goal. Sometimes one, sometimes the other. When the dispute escalated before the 2006 World Cup and both goalies demanded a decision before the 2006 World Cup, Klinsmann decided. For Lehmann, who was now set as number 1. Kahn was then not good at talking to his colleague. Even today, the two ex-keepers are still dueling each other as football experts for different broadcasters. And Kahn is pretty sure that he would have held Grosso's shot in the semi-final between Germany and Italy at the 2006 World Cup, which brought the 1-0 win for Italy.
Instead of the hoped-for culmination of his most successful season at FC Arsenal, Mad Jens experienced a pitch-black evening in the most important match for his club Arsenal in London. After a red card in the 18th minute, the success story of the Londoners ended in Paris in the 51st national champions final with a 1:2 (1:0) against the star ensemble of FC Barcelona. The Gunners should not have played more than 70 minutes with 10 men…An even bigger duel than the one between Leo Messi and CR7 for the currently best football player in the world is hard to imagine. But there is. The one about the best footballer of all time. The protagonists? Diego Maradona and Pele.
The two best players of all times can't stand each other. One is Brazilian, the other Argentinean – that's what makes for a natural footballing antipathy. But countless tips in interviews, criticism and even a pronounced dissent, especially when one is supposed to evaluate the other's performance, have extremely promoted the hostility between the two.
For instance, before the election of the footballer of the century, both fought a verbal battle of the extra class. The newspapers and fans joined in after several mutual insults. The Brazilian Pele received an award and the Argentinian Maradona proved to be a bad loser.
He left the hall before his rival was honored, while Pele looked good for a bad game. Even today, the fans are still arguing about who was better. The more successful was the Brazilian.Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski not only played together at BVB but are still colleagues in the Polish national team. But next to the pitch they go their separate ways. And they have been for quite some time.
The reasons are manifold. Character, politics, district behavior, different success curves and probably also a pinch of envy play a role. Because one is on his way to becoming an absolute world star. And at the end of his career, the other moves more in the direction of a Bundesliga supplement player with a relegation candidate. But very important for the disturbed relationship. The two simply don't like each other and are like dogs and cats. Kuba even made a mockery of Lewy on television in 2012. Robert Lewandowski is a supporter of the citizens' platform “PO”. Meanwhile, his three-year older teammate is a supporter of the national conservative party “PiS” – “Law and Justice”. However, after this conflict of interest was extensively discussed in the Polish media, there was radio silence between Lewy and Kuba.
And privately, too, the two worlds are separated. Their characters could not be more different. Blaszczykowski never had a choreographed career plan like that of Lewandowski (Lech Posen, Dortmund, FC Bayern – Real Madrid?). Lewandowski is more ingenious, Blaszczykowski compensates much with fighting power and willpower. “It is no secret that we are not on the same wavelength. We have no contact, everyone goes his own way”, revealed the latter in his biography “Kuba”, surprisingly unvarnished.
In addition to personal and political differences, the sporting competition now also means that Poland's best footballers are not approaching each other. Blaszczykowski was the face of the national selection for a long time, but more recently Lewandowski has become the leader. The fact that he officially became the new captain in December 2015 reinforced the trench. It's about hierarchy as a vehicle for one's own ego. It is about money, as a direct consequence of supremacy. But in spite of private differences, they are at least behaving professionally on the pitch and also put their foot down together for EURO 2016. And Poland also qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Even if the results were more than modest.It may come as no surprise to some that these two football players appear here. But we didn't record them because there was a real hostility, but because the hostility between Lionel Messi and CR7 is probably just a media fake.
In many interviews, they both claimed several times that they didn't hate each other, but respected each other as rivals. It is irrelevant whether there is still a little antipathy in the game. Both don't like each other as much as they do. But it doesn't have to be, because it's an almost epic fight between the two. For titles, the biggest fan community, and most followers.
And now CR7 has also won a big title on the national team level. While Messi still can't do a penalty kick and had resigned from time to time. But he shot Argentina for the 2018 World Cup and finally played like Barca in the decisive game against Ecuador. Obviously, it wasn't the twin or cousin who played there but the Argentinian national team. During the World Cup, this twin brother was at the start again. The one who can't do penalties.
So it stays with what CR7 once said: “Many think Messi is the best, but in my head I am”. The Messi fans will see it differently. The Maradona fans and the Pele fans will see it even more. The Lord's fans can only smile about this hubris.
There's the Irish roughneck for the second time. A match where there's a lot of crack and bang has always been the game between Arsenal London and Manchester United.
For nine years, Arsenal London and Manchester United have been the champions. And that meant above all: Roy Keane against Patrick Vieira. The duel between the two skippers and their favorite enemies kept England in suspense. And every meeting of the two proud egomaniacs was almost always a highlight of a special kind. At their time, the two captains fought real battles that kept England in suspense. How did this come about? Manchester United and FC Arsenal dominated English football for a while. And the two tall ships of British football, two pathologically proud guys were trying to make each other a bit smaller.
Keane vs. Vieira, Skipper vs. Skipper: that was the battle of Trafalgar on the green lawn. The duel between the two from 1996 to 2005 ended in a draw. But the Irishman may see it differently. In February 2005 the “tunnel incident” occurred in the catacombs of Highbury. Vieira had yelled at the more inferior United defender Gary Neville to warm up and he had left immediately, of course with Roy Keane.
Keane later wrote in his biography that nobody was allowed to mob Gary. So I said to myself: Alright, let's go. Probably it was exactly what Vieira wanted, he lurked for his adversary, the adrenaline rose in him, around him shrank enema children and linesmen to dwarves. Those who could still keep their height formed a wall between Vieira and Keane. Dennis Bergkamp, the mild Dutchman, as a diplomat tried to prevent the worst. Today, both Keane and Vieira say that the relationship between them was marked by pure hatred. And if they hadn't focused on football, the fight might have turned out bloody. Martial! And somehow quite stupid or it was a perfectly staged bluff for the media.Insults among footballers are a big issue. An example of an unpleasant nature provided the players Zokora and Belozoglu.
Because the trouble took place on a level you don't really want to see in international football. And certainly not between superstars or at least national players.
During a game, Belozoglu insulted Zokora as “dirty” because of its dark skin color, a very pejorative and insulting expression of the category “Swear Words”. However: Belozoglu later admitted to having said something like this and afterward he even publicly apologized. Nevertheless, the subject was in the media and thus in public. And it remained there for quite some time.
But at some point, it was over. There are really more important things. And at some point, the players said goodbye to each other with a handshake. However, in the media, the topic was warmed up again and again at every inappropriate opportunity.Two players who couldn't be more different. Both sporty and political: Oleguer Presas, left defender and Salva Ballesta, right striker. The professionals are representative of Spain's division.
Because of their political views, they have often been criticized and have no good relationship with each other. It was precisely because of their political dispute that both professionals never belonged to the Spanish national team. Oleguer, who comes from the autonomous scene and has already been arrested during the evacuation of a squatted house, advocated the release of the Basque terrorist Iñaki de Juana Chaos, imprisoned for 25 counts of murder, in a newspaper article “for humanitarian reasons” in February 2017. The terrorist, who has never regretted his actions, was arrested in 1987 and was to be released after serving his sentence. In the autumn of 2006, he was sentenced again for repeatedly calling for terror in Basque newspapers. De Juana Chaos went on a hunger strike and achieved a reduction in detention. Now he is serving the rest of his sentence as house arrest, an insult to the Conservatives and proof that the policy of socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has failed in the Basque Country. Especially as Eta, despite its ceasefire proclaimed in March 2006, has resumed bombing.
Oleguer's political speech was not without consequences. On the one hand, he quickly lost a sponsorship contract with a Spanish sporting goods manufacturer, and on the other, he called Salva Ballesta onto the scene. Salva said he had more respect for a dog pile than for the Catalan left-wing nationalist. FC Barcelona wanted to take the striker to the sports court for this, and the Spanish football association waved them off. It is not the first time that Salva, who became the top scorer in the Primera Division for Racing Santander with 27 goals in the 1999/2000 season, has caused a stir. He does that every matchday provided he scores.
The son of a pilot has always celebrated his goals with a military salute. He frankly expressed his political views in an interview in which he declares German Air Force Colonel Hans-Ulrich Rudel as his idol, an incorrigible Nazi even after the collapse in 1945 as well as in right-wing radical Spanish Internet forums.
And in a recent radio interview Salva confessed that he would like to meet Antonio Tejero, who on February 23, 1981, together with other members of the paramilitary Guardia Civil wanted to bomb back the then young Spanish democracy to the Franco era. In Málaga, he missed the opportunity to do so because Tejero lives on the Costa del Sol after serving his lengthy prison sentence and, as befits an old man, breeds avocados peacefully.“Arriba España”, that's what Salva often says. With “Viva España, you sons of bitches!” he once thought of the Basque nationalist fans of CA Osasuna, who mocked him in 2004 for a yellow-red card. Spain above all. He would, of course, have gone to the Iraq war first and with pride. Defending the country and the flag to the death; a matter of course for Salva, whose mobile phone ringtone is the Spanish national anthem.
As a reminder, the close alliance with George Bush and Tony Blair on Iraq was to cost the then Spanish conservative head of government José María Aznar dearly. Three days before the election, on March 11, 2004, Islamic terrorists detonated the bombs in the Madrid suburbs. Spain mourned 191 dead and 1800 injured, the country was in shock.
The attacks were intended to cost the Partido Popular the electoral victory they believed they would certainly win, as the Spaniards changed their polls at the last minute, while the electoral winner Zapatero withdrew his troops from Iraq. A surprising and painful defeat for the conservatives. The conservative hardliners have so far not been able to cope with the electoral flaw and continue to blame Eta for the assassination attempt. Much of the current polemic and polarisation in Spanish domestic politics can be traced back to these turbulent days in March 2004.
Salva's career is coming to an end. The great dream of once triumphing with the national team was denied him. He was allowed to run for the “Selección” three times. Anders Oleguer. Oleguer refused an invitation to join the national team in 2006 because he would prefer to play for the Catalan national team, if at all. They may occasionally play symbolic games against other regions such as the Basque Country, but they are not recognized by FIFA and UEFA. Catalonia supersedes everything else. This caused a lot of trouble for the business economist. Meanwhile, he is no longer wanted in the “Selección”. Apparently, Oleguer is relieved.The conflict between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra also gave rise to a pronounced debate on racism in English football. But it had a long history. A typical combination of fouls, emotions, impulsive actions and stupidity.
There was a huge scandal before the top English game between Manchester United and FC Liverpool in 2012 (2:1). Guest striker Luis Suarez (then 25) refused the obligatory handshake with dark-skinned ManU captain Patrice Evra (then 30). As in the Bundesliga, the players of both teams pass each other in the Premier League and shake hands. But Suarez had a score to settle with Evra and ignored the Frenchman, who was still trying to hold back the Uruguayan by the arm. Background to the public insult: After the first leg in October 2011, Evra publicly accused his opponent of calling him a “Negro” on several occasions. Suarez was suspended for eight matches by the FA for his racist derailment and fined the equivalent of 48,000 euros.
But not a trace of insight! The shameless star snubbed Evra a second time and immediately afterward received the tranche from ManU defender Rio Ferdinand. The English international, for his part, turned Suarez down. The Uruguayan later apologized for his behavior. But it was too late. But enmities can also end. In the summer of 2016, the Frenchman sent a message to the Barca star. And praised him to the skies. With that, he probably buried the hatchet.
In the summer of 2016, Suarez – now in the service of FC Barcelona – was awarded the Golden Shoe for Europe's best goalscorer. And Evra congratulated his previous enemy at Instagram. Evra also posted a picture of Suarez with the trophy on Instagram. He wrote: “There is only love and never hate on my Instagram account! Luis, you're a great player and the best number 9. Congratulations, Luis Suarez, I love this game.”A drama Shakespeare couldn't have invented better. Intrigue, love, women's exchange, and all that without RTL. Just like that – in series A, between former buddies Mauro Icardi and Maxi Lopez.
Icardi, who is nine years younger than Maxi Lopez, stretched out his girlfriend to his friend Lopez. Here we have the first WAG case. Lopez was married to the Italian erotic actress for 5 years and even had two children.
The subsequent drama of the relationship, which was publicly played out, was at some point too much for the victim and consequently not only refused to give Icardi a handshake in the league games but no longer paid any tribute to him. But it was Icardi's “latte”.
The reaction of Maxi Lopez is somehow understandable. But it didn't bring him much. Apart from emotional satisfaction and from “feeling a good feeling”.Nowadays, real guys don't carry their quarrel out on the pitch anymore but via Twitter. This is what happened in the duel between “Jailbird” Joey Barton, a soccer bully known in England and former gambler Didi Hamann, his former teammate from Manchester City.
To this day, no one understands exactly why the two of them insulted each other so badly in 2013, nor is it so important, as long as it is chirped over. And here is the protocol. Really weird:
Barton: “I just heard a whisper that Loic Rémy signed with the Queens Park Rangers. I don't know what's going on in Newcastle. Probably Derek Llambias again”.
Hamann: “Do yourself a favor and stay out of transfer questions. QPR and NUFC paid me to play football, not to comment on the transfer policy.”
Barton: “Don't try to beat me up here, you impudent guy. First, put your own life in order. # People in Glasshouse”
Hamann: “I've never said a bad word about my ex-clubs, it's called respect and dignity. You still have a lot to learn.”Barton: “And the way you prepared yourself for a game, is that dignified too? The worst professional I've ever seen. You're risking a pretty thick lip.”
Barton: “Just because you're working your balls off to get a new job now that you're broke. Don't be so self-righteous, you fool. I know you.”
Hamann: “My life was fine long before yours was. You should light a candle for Fernandes and Llambias every day for the money they pay you”.
Barton: “If you want to carry it out publicly, please. I'm here all day. I don't let idiots like you talk like they have a clue.”
Barton: “You were a good player. You won more than I did, ok. That was on the soccer field, boy. Your life is a car accident. #snap your nose #
Barton: “You earned well yourself. And you decided to waste it. Don't hate me just because you're so fucked up.”
Hamann: “The problem is that just because you play in France, you think you're an international level player #far from it”.
Barton: “I roll up my sleeves and work hard, boy. And don't gamble online poker and smoke bags the night before the game. I wouldn't even let you manage a pet store.”Barton: “You WERE a good player. It's more to life than football, you moron.”
Hamann: “Don't forget who pays your salary. How dare you attack Llambias and Fernandes, you “English national player”!
Barton: “As if you were a family man. As if you were honest and loyal. A man would be. As if you were still able to look in the mirror. Can you do that?
Hamann: “Joseph, I don't want to get personal because Twitter isn't the right place to do that. But don't think you're bigger than you are.”
Barton: “Who went on Fernandes? You idiot. Don't be so bitter. You had your money but you squandered it. Don't challenge me, you maggot.”
Hamann: “Yes, I can look in the mirror. I made mistakes, but don't forget where you come from. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.”
Barton: “You've become personal a few times.
Now you don't like it when I become personal.
As I said: Who sits in the glass house… Now you better hold your breath…”
Barton “…before you are publicly wiped out here, you bankrupt vulture. You have my number.
You know where to find me. Around the clock.”
Hamann: “No problem, Joseph. Let's meet in five years. I hope I don't have to go to Walton Prison for that.”
Barton: “You'll probably have to borrow the money for the bus.”
Barton: “Don't be so self-righteous. If I were you, I'd think twice about making life difficult for other people.”
Hamann: “Last week you said you wanted to cook criminals alive. Get on with it and concentrate on football…English national player”.
Barton: “A Champions League medal is not enough for your wife and children to respect you. Your life is like a car accident, boy!. Turn at your own door.”
Barton: “I'm sick and tired of ex-professionals who've squandered all their money and are playing up their sleeves. You can't pay your children's school fees with medals… ”
Barton: “I only take advice from people I respect. But I won't let anyone tell me how to live my life, from someone I think is absolutely inferior as a MAN. #no respect”
Barton: “There is more to life than football. Yes, it's great and I'm lucky. But for my family, I would give it all up tomorrow.”
Hamann: “The medals don't secure the respect of my children, but I'm not willing to slap a child in the face at McDonald's to get respect.”Barton: “You're still here. And still engaged to that false fancies…#dummerboy.”
Hamann: “I love a good pint but I have never taken drugs in my life. Be careful what you say, English national player. #Don't get mad.”
Barton: “You burned your money and gambled it away. What a waste. You landed a younger one and left your wife and kids. Tragic. Now make a Tourette's face.”
Barton: “I know everything about you and your buddies. Could buy you all up if I wanted to. I'll leave you alone now, it's all nonsense anyway…”
Hamann: “I let people judge, Joseph. It seems to me you have a lot of anger in you. #English national player”
Barton:”…at most on dogs”
Hamann: “I am happy to see you every time, Joseph. And I will tell you the same things as last time, my friend. I haven't given up on you yet.”
Barton: “I've never been a friend. Don't make the mistake of thinking you're more than a friend. As I said: Round the clock.”
Barton: “I'm disappointed that I got involved in this. But never let a dog tell you that you are the dog. A dog remains a damn dog.”
Two wrongs don't make a right.
In December 2015, Armin Veh was in a really bad mood. As a wonderful man for the second time in Frankfurt, Eintracht floundered in the lowlands of the Bundesliga table. Veh became thin-skinned and aggressive.
After increasing Poltereien at press conferences, he gave his team such a monologue opinion that it was surprising that his team could still run straight in the Bundesliga. The fans liked the tirades of the Bavarians. And he quickly added another one and remembered an old hostility. The result: Zoff in front of running cameras under two coaches. Whereby, one of them was pretty much kept silent.
Winnie Schäfer, who still knows oldies as the coach of the KSC, today of retirement age and a long time lost in Jamaica, had to be insulted in the Sky-Studio by the intervening Veh. Schäfer's accusation that Veh had turned the players against him was ironed out by the attacker, and it culminated in the accusation that Schäfer had once again applied for a job on his own. Later he made no secret of his antipathy for shepherds:
“I can't stand him, every word about him is too much.” A rage of which no one knew for 36 years. Whatever the increasingly unsuccessful master coach of 2007 can be accused of, hypocrisy and diplomacy certainly will never occur. As the inventor of the softly washed interview, he is out of the question. Zoff now reveals eyewitnesses that the reason for this dispute lies in their time together as players in Gladbach. The shepherd, eleven years older, had probably put the youngster Veh a little too often into his hands. Schäfer had also realized that Veh had done too little with his talent. This is what Veh himself says today. Maybe he didn't like the tone that much either. 36 years later the rage broke out, of which nobody knew until then. Except for insiders at Bökelberg.High on the anger scale are young Christoph Daum's throws against Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, who was already far too decent for such a wedge at the time.
Daum (Cologne) attested to this in the 1989 title fight: “The weather chart is more interesting than a conversation with him”. And much more. As a guest at the ZDF sports studio on May 20, 1989, the coach-novice also raved about what he had to offer. The show has attained cult status in the meantime. And the mob took double revenge. The Bavarian team played for their coach, won shortly after the meeting in the TV studio in Cologne and became champions.
And Daum had an enemy in Heynckes-Friend, Uli Hoeneß, who robbed him of the national coach's job in 2000. But that's another story. And of course, Christoph D.'s coke factory and some hair-raising statements and hair tests also played a role. First Rudi Völler was allowed to improve the German Rumpel soccer of that time. That succeeded moderately. Meanwhile, Jupp Heynckes had a less successful phase as a coach. Borussia Mönchengladbach, Schalke 04 – all that didn't really work out in the first decade of the 21st century.
And Heynckes was already regarded as a phase-out model that could no longer be destroyed when first Uli Hoeneß brought him back on an interim basis and then Rudi Völler on a longer-term basis. And at Bayer, the meanwhile old Jupp did it so well that Uli let him do it a third time in Munich. The result: The Tripple Jupp and the greatest success in both the career of Jupp Heynckes and in the history of FC Bayern Munich. Champions League Winner, DFB Cup Winner and German Champion in 2013! hat off'. 68 is the new age of 40 because Jupp Heynckes was 68 years old in 2013.The relegation battle is stressful. In 2014, the two men Christian Streich, coach in Freiburg and Geert Jan Verbeek, then coach at 1. FC Nuremberg experienced this as well.
After a lost game, Verbeek called his colleague “a madman”, didn't want to be his colleague anymore and demonstratively skipped the press conference. No one had done that for a long time, but according to the media guidelines of the German Football League, it is not punishable. It's just unseemly.
Nuremberg's Gertjan Verbeek even earned quite a bit of understanding of his behavior. Because the pictures delivered by his “enemy” Christian Streich during the 90 minutes in which his protective servants run after the ball were more than borderline. The investigations of the German Football Association (German Football League) were not carried out as a result of insulting colleagues, but because of criticism of the referee, whom the angry Dutchman also wadded away.
Insulting a colleague is still a trivial offense. As Verbeek is knitted, he would probably have settled it among ourselves, but we were spared the spectacle.Udo Lattek got his fat away especially from two old champions of the Bundesliga. Max Merkel blasphemed in the seventies, even “a walking stick can train these Bavarians”.
And Weisweiler, Lattek's predecessor in Mönchengladbach, said: ” Lattek will be the champion with this team”. When he became the champion in Gladbach, Hennes, who had trained Lattek as a coach at the sports university and yet was not a bit proud of him in any way. “The Udo only lay down in the made-up bed!
But there are also good things to say about the deceased. Because they were united in blasphemy. And in drinking. There they determined with various Kölsch and then unanimously, “which asshole nevertheless this Erich Ribbeck is”. Also a coaching colleague. You can read about it in Max Merkel's work “The round is the Ball”. And this also referred to the professional qualities of Sir Erich. And they were not wrong about that.
Because Ribbeck is to this day the most unsuccessful national coach after the 2nd World War and symbol of the “Rumpelfüßler era” of German football. The dark age of the German national team.What's known to be a bad loser. What is also known as a bad winner? The former Bayer 04 Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt is an example. Because in December 2014 he was faced with the agony of a choice between two options after a 5:1 (1:1) against 1 FC Cologne.
He could have taken his cue from the exemplary advice of South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu: “Victory is beautiful, but the real pleasure lies in comforting the losers”. Schmidt chose the other option. After the final whistle through the first microphone, he sent his greetings to his Cologne colleague Peter Stöger: “Everyone has their own philosophy. I couldn't play football like Cologne did today. That's no fun at all. Then I wouldn't be a coach. I'm happy when the team that wants to play football wins out. And it was important that this was also expressed in the altitude.”
Five goals, five lashes – in Schmidt's eyes it was the appropriate punishment for the violence of the Cologne team in the form of their deliberate purposeful football. And now the people of Cologne had also provoked him, right up to their manager Jörg Schmadtke, who afterwards took a hard shot at the referee Thorsten Kinhöfer because of a refused second penalty: “If we do that 2:0 and the goalkeeper Leno is put off the field, we end up with a different result”.
Stöger was also annoyed by this missing whistle until Schmidt's collar burst and his face spoke volumes in the direction of his colleague: “Now it's over, you whistle”. And he quickly told him what good football was. Stöger was already bitterly opposed to Schmidt's Red Bull commitment. Was it arrogant? Stöger felt that way. He remembers meeting Roger Schmidt in Austria when the Red Bull was training in Salzburg. “There he had a good budget at his disposal,” he says as a Viennese with the associated abuse, “but respect cannot be bought on the transfer market”. And who laughs last…Schmidt went to China, Stöger was in Dortmund.
The international top jerk among the coaches is Jose Mourinho. In 2007 he described a linesman as a “son of a bitch”, which is said to have been “not offensive”.
His rancors with Pep Guardiola and the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barca are legendary. In 2011, after the Supercup return leg between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, he put his finger in the eye of Tito Vilanova, then co-coach of Pep Guardiola who is the Portuguese's favorite enemy.
Mou” has been waging a psycho war against him ever since the current ManCity coach snatched the post of Barcelona boss from his face.
But because Guardiola had disappeared from Mourinho's striking distance in the meantime, Big Mou was quick to find a new “victim”. But the separation of Mou and Pep did not last long. In Manchester, they often ran into each other. Even if it wasn't as hot as it was in the old Primera Division times. Relax – don't do it when you wanna come…Big Mou found his new favorite enemy in London in the form of Arsene Wenger. The FC Arsenal coach is considered a gentleman, but no one is going to dance his nose around him.
When Chelsea and Arsenal met in autumn 2014 in the Premier League's top game and won the Blues 2-0, there was a wild push on the sidelines after a gross foul.
Both coaches, but especially Arsene Wenger, who was otherwise more level-headed, completely lost their composure. Winner – none. Draw. Although Wenger was actually the moral winner with his senior bonus. The referee had to separate Mourinho and Wenger. Who had started cannot be said exactly.
But Mourinho could probably have driven Mother Teresa to frenzy. However, his teams mostly won against Wenger in contrast to the Guardiola teams. Arsenal likes to be fourth in the league.As early as 1967 there was the talk of the “trainer war in Cologne”, where Hausherr Willi Multhaup and Nuremberg's Max Merkel were strongly insulted during their careers. Multhaup put on record:
“Everyone saw that we two had something evil to say to each other down there. I don't want to say in public what Max Merkel said to me, but I expect an apology.”
That didn't happen. Initially, the club presidents wrote each other letters, then the sports court determined everything because of the Merkel saying: “We'll break your bones in Nuremberg”.
This became expensive for Max, who had to pay 11,500 D-Mark for his loose tongue on that day alone. Max Merkel was well known for his sayings and his loose mouth. We have listed some of the best Merkel Bonmots below.
“He can use the ball to dial a phone number from 50 meters away.” (about Diego Maradona)
“They don't even know there's air in the ball. They think he's jumping because there's a frog in it.” (about German football officials)
“I don't want to sit next to it and wait to see if some fool hits the ball or not.” (Answer to the question why he no longer works as a coach)
“In Spain, there are three reasons for defeat: Either the wind was too strong or the sun too hot – or the donated candles in the church were too short…”
“I think it's easier to bring a rollmop back to life by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.” (about Dortmund's Uefa Cup ambitions)
“Christoph Daum feeds almost exclusively on macaroni – because it allows him to continue talking through the holes while eating undisturbed.”
“The most intelligent thing about Bruno is his wisdom tooth.” (about Bruno Labbadia)
“The boy is so sensitive, he'll even catch a cold if he's too close to the revolving door.” (about Andy Möller)
“Basler is the most expensive parking meter in the world. He stands around – and Bayern Munich stuff the money into it.” (about Mario Basler)
“When he runs across the lawn, the grass tickles his ass.” (over Dariusz Wosz)
“This was to be issued by Innsbruck University. There's no such thing as a man with so little brain.” (about Austria's national goalkeeper Friedel Koncilia)
“He could sleep in the tram track if he didn't have protruding ears.” (over Bavaria's slim newcomer Bernardo from Brazil)
“I fear the bird thinks only from the wallpaper to the wall.” (about Herthas Marcelinho)
“Every streetcar has more followers than Uerdingen.” (about Bayer Uerdingen)“Udo Lattek, they have taken the blood sample. Result: pure alcohol, polluted by red blood cells.”
“All that remains of Rapid is the green and white color. You can forget Holzbach, Grassi and all the acrobats. They never played football” (about the Rapid situation in 1988).
“Nothing works at the ÖFB except the lunch break.” (once about the conditions in the Austrian Football Association)
“If he wants to throw a postcard in the mailbox, he needs a trampoline.” (about Stuttgart manager Horst Heldt)
“The long tantrum next to the slim Rosicky – I thought someone was walking his Yorkshire.” (about the former Dortmund players Jan Koller and Tomas Rosicky)
“Maradona's 10 minutes of car-washing better than 90 minutes of plowing on the soccer field.” (about the former Bavarian defender Hansi Pflügler).
“They could have hired a medicine man from Africa instead of me.” (1983 about the desolate condition of FC Zurich. The dismissal at his last employer followed promptly).In the same 1967 season, MSV coach Günter Brocker and Schalke Gyula Lorant clashed at a press conference in Duisburg. The Hungarian had sharply criticized the Duisburg team's hard way of playing, and Brocker became personal:
“You were already complaining about every hard duel the Germans fought back in Bern.” Lorant had stood in the eleven that had been defeated in the final of the 1954 World Cup, and now he got another one. How nice. “At this press conference, there could be no talk of coaching collegiality,” the “Sport Magazin,” said.
Both have died in the meantime: Brocker on May 24, 2015, and Lorant much earlier, in 1981, but Gyula Lorant on May 31 was also considered the toughest coach in the Bundesliga for a while. His sayings are legendary.
Charly Körbel was supposed to smear toothpaste on his torn ligament. He drove Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt mad. And the Hungarian didn't like Germans!The following are excerpts from:
Ben Redelings: “The Bundesliga, how it lives and laughs: Funny moments from Ahlenfelder to Zebec”.
The only injuries he “accepted” were smooth fractures. And then only those that one could immediately recognize as such. The defender Amand Theis had once contracted a thick knee during a press stroke. He came to the training limping, showed Lorant his swollen body part and said that he, unfortunately, could not train with him. Lorant ignored his player's words: “Amand, get changed”.
The defender went off in amazement and returned to the field a few minutes later. There the coach was already waiting for him: “Amand, pull down your trousers! Astonished and surprised, he followed Lorant's instructions. The coach pointed to his knee: “Amand, what have you got?” Before Theis could answer, the coach struck with full force against the thickly swollen knee. Theis screamed in pain. He played in the following Saturday.
In another professional game, Lorant spat on the injured knee during a Bundesliga match, rubbed the spit with his own hands, lifted the player up and pushed him back onto the field: “Now everything is all right again. If you don't play, you'll actually be an invalid!
During Lorant's Munich time, Stunk ruled off the field. Club doctor Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt chatted from the sewing box: “In the Bundesliga, there are clubs where the coach and not the doctor decides when an injured player gets his cast removed. The Bavarian doctor returned at this moment before the own front door – without pronouncing the name Lorant directly. Years later Dr. Müller-Wohlfarth became concrete: I almost stopped because of Gyula Lorant. He once explained to me that a meniscus that had jumped out was the best cut back with a corner flag.”
It was a wild and hard time at FC Bayern. The young talent Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also had to experience this for himself. During a training incident, “Rotbäckchen” broke his thumb a few months before the 1978 World Cup. A reporter remembers: “When Kalle stopped by FC Bayern on Friday, coach Lorant laughed at him. He had even ordered the severely injured Branko Oblak (toe fracture) to have the cast removed immediately. He himself had never had an operation in his life. Although the meniscus was totally broken in both legs. So, he said contemptuously, what are you going to do with the broken thumb is a lot of fuss. You will play against Saarbrücken tomorrow. Rummenigge was so surprised that he was speechless. He packed his bag and got on the bus that went to the training camp, and Kalle actually played against Saarbrücken.”Gyula Lorant was a recognized and esteemed expert in Germany despite his irritating methods and failures.
But there was one thing he could never forgive the country in which he was successful as a football teacher: The World Cup bankruptcy in 1954 when Lorant Stopper was the Hungarian national team's star, he simply never wounded. And so one day he trotted onto the pitch with Pal Csernai as Bayern coach and whispered to his compatriot: “Pal, let's go out, the Germans are tormenting!
What he thought of his German pros is well illustrated by an anecdote his player Erwin Kostedde gave: “Gyula Lorant came to me one day and said: Erwin, you're not German after all? Well, sure, I said, I'm German.
Lorant: But your father wasn't one. Shall I show you what a real German is? Lorant said to Herbert Meier, who also played in Offenbach at that time: “Meier, run. And Meier ran. You see, Lorant smirked, a German does exactly what he is told.”Udo Lattek and Otto Rehhagel were also irreconcilable until the last day. In his young years, he was known as a very young wilder and was noticed by several fellow coaches by his cheering attacks in front of the coach benches.
Rehhagel once attracted the then Bayern coach Udo Lattek to the Olympic stadium with a Veitstanz on the tartan track after a goal against Bavaria to the white heat. “You'll get that back all your life,” Lattek swore. At a press conference in Bremen, he talked about the two chairs next to King Otto: “We have no relationship at all!
Those were the times. Whereby Rehhagel cultivated various enmities in his early days. Nuremberg's Werner Kern, for example, commented on the former Bielefeld coach in 1978: “I'm ashamed of him, humanity and decency are part of our profession”.
In 1985 Frankfurt's Dietrich Weise also had enough and announced at the press conference that his friendship with Otto was “finally over”. People would have to throw bottles, “just like you're clowning around on the career track”.
Here come the WAGS (Wifes and Girlfriends of…): The Godfather of all soccer side jumpers is John Terry, former star defender of FC Chelsea of London.
The dispute between former English national team-mates John Terry and Wayne Bridge was all about the ladies. The married Terry is said to have had an affair with Bridge's girlfriend. Allegedly he even got her pregnant and forced her to have an abortion. The scandal hit big waves in early 2010 and Terry, then captain of the Three Lions was promptly forced to give up his bandage.
The two former English internationals and Chelsea FC players still go their separate ways today. “When I was little, I didn't like being left on my own in the dark”. John Terry
This family episode of a special kind became a national drama shortly before the 2010 World Cup.
However, this story is only the tip of the iceberg, Terry is said to have cheated on his wife Toni with at least twelve women within 11 years. Among them was a teenager in the back seat of his Bentley and a lady on crutches in a nightclub toilet. Pretty much…Zlatan Ibrahimović and Rafael van der Vaart were once different and peaceful teammates at Ajax Amsterdam. Today there is nothing more to say to each other. The reason: Ibrahimovic fouled the Dutchman van der Vaart extremely hard in an international match between Sweden and Holland.
Rafael van der Vaart didn't suffer any serious injury, but he accused Ibra of intent. Zlatan then tried to apologize, but that didn't help. RvdV was offended and did not accept the apology.
At least it is not known that the two ever met again for a beer after the incident.
Rafael van der Vaart is still out of the way for Ibrahimovic today.Two former really good buddies from the Belgian national team are now going their separate ways. And that because of a woman. More precisely, because of the former girlfriend of the “Alpha-Kevins” of Manchester City.
In 2012, midfield star Kevin De Bruyne cheated on his then partner Caroline Lijnen with her best friend. The betrayed woman took revenge. While De Bruyne stayed with his former club Werder Bremen in the winter training camp in Turkey, Lijnen allowed himself a shepherd's hour with Belgium's national goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
And not only that. She also had an ambiguous chat afterward about the affair and gave her own marks… And they didn't turn out so well for Kevin. The rating quote was as follows: “Thibaut offered me something I never got in my three-year relationship with Kevin”. Caroline Lijnen is the former girlfriend of Kevin de Bruyne and Thibault Courtois.
The relationship between the two has been tense ever since. However, not quite so. When Belgium's national coach de Bruyne asked if he could still play with Courtois, he confirmed this nonchalantly. So it's all right.And here's Zlatan with the second special relationship. And it's a lot tougher than most of the skirmishes we've shown so far. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not known for his reserved nature anyway. But one of his most fierce fights was with Oguchi Onyewu in 2010.
The two former teammates from AC Milan fought a tough fight in one training session. Winner on Points and fighting out of the blue corner is Onyewu. The Swede suffered a broken rib at the encounter. Many people say he was lucky. And the other teammates prevented worse, maybe even a knock out from Big Ibra.
In his autobiography, Zlatan describes his disagreements with his teammate Oguchi Onyewu as follows.
In 2010, a training session ended a little earlier, after the two had afforded a little boxing. According to Zlatan, he gave his teammate a headbutt and the fight began, which Ibra describes as a fight to the death as well. Ibra had the broken rib afterward and his Onyewu had nothing.Ajax also had Louis van Gaal running around. He was the technical director and explained to me with a pencil when I should go where. I told him: Listen, master, you have nothing to say to me …….. go to your office and write letters! (Zlatan Ibrahimovic).
One thing is for sure: A world championship without me is not worth seeing. So it's not worth waiting for the World Cup. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
For many, my tricks may look complicated. For me they are simple. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
I'm the greatest – like Ali. Is that possible at all, two greatest? All right: I'm the greatest – next to Ali. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
I'm a Ferrari and you drive me like a Fiat. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
I don't need a trophy to know I'm the best. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
I went left, he went with me. I went to the right, he went with me. Then I went to the right again and he went to the sausage stand. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
I won everything in Serie A. Do you want me to set up Italian Champion Cups as a hobby? (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
You guys talk, I play. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
Sometimes I wish boxing was part of football. But I have to pull myself together. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
Without adrenaline and anger, I'm worthless. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
Quality has its price. I don't understand the criticism. The more money I earn, the more taxes France gets (Zlatan Ibrahimovic).
Many of my youth babble: ‘Ah, I saw immediately: blah blah blah'. Nobody recognized shit. Now look who I am. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
Whoever wants to stop me has to kill me. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
We're looking for a house right now. But if we don't find anything, my God, then I'll just buy the hotel. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
Not so long ago, Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena both played for the French national team. But that's just as much history as their former good relationship.
The reason: the sex video affair that hit the headlines again and again in 2016. Valbuena was blackmailed with a sex tape, and Benzema was accused of involvement in the blackmail. The striker said, “I should have told him that I didn't see it. But I played myself, I acted. I never saw it or ….. this video”.
Benzema was even prosecuted. Valbuena testified against him and later said: “I wouldn't even do that to my worst enemy”.
Meanwhile, Karim Benzema is still hoping for his return to the French national team. “I would be happy to return in the blue jersey,” the Real Madrid striker told the French sports newspaper “L'Équipe” in May 2017.Who doesn't know them? The most famous head nut in football. Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi clashed violently at the 2006 World Cup finals between Italy and France.
The result: a headbutt from Zidane, for which he got the red card. France not only lost the final, but it was also the last game in the career of the world star.
Only afterward did it become known that Materazzi had offended Zidane's sister badly. Zidane stated at that time:
“But I apologize for the football, the fans, and his team. And further: “But I can never, never forgive him (Materazzi). That would be dishonorable.As strikers, they caused a sensation in the English Premier League.
The two former stars of Manchester United Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole played together in a club between 1997 and 2001 but never had any trouble during their time there. Cole replaced Sheringham on his debut for the English national team and did not pay the usual respect. Sheringham snubbed his younger team-mate for it, but he still didn't want to apologize for his behavior. Intermission.
In their four years together at the Red Devils, they are said never to have spoken to each other outside the pitch. And that is not supposed to have changed significantly until today.
Of course, nobody can check that. The British press is quite inventive when it comes to Gossip and special stories. Especially when it comes to personality stories with a certain celebrity gossip factor.There's another hostility between English national players and John Terry. In 2011, the defender was the victim of the wrath of the two Ferdinand brothers. And this time it's not about women and flings.
In the Premier League match between Chelsea and Queen Park Rangers, Terry was enraptured by a racist statement against Anton Ferdinand and subsequently suspended by the FA.
Terry apologized but had to resign from the national team. Rio Ferdinand, the former Three Lions defender, and Anton's older brother was deeply disappointed and without understanding and said “wisely”: “Terry is one of the biggest idiots of all”.
Since this action, the two can no longer smell each other. In addition, the friendship between Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole broke down, as Cole held on to Terry and was publicly called a traitor by his buddy Rio Ferdinand. There would be much more to write about John Terry and his scandals. But that deserves a separate contribution.Jens “Mad Jens” Lehmann not only had a difficult relationship with Oliver Kahn but also with Didier Drogba, Arsene Wenger and above all his former Arsenal London goalkeeper colleague Manuel Almunia. Between 2004 and 2008, they both played together under Arsene Wenger and fought a heated duel for the number one goal.
A goalkeeper fight at its best. In addition to constant public criticism of the other, there was also the duel via the media. I know he hates me. Almunia expressed himself in an interview as follows:
“To have someone here who hates me is simply unbelievable. I know he hates me.” And continues: “I wake up every morning and already know what it will be like. But I don't care about him. He can say what he wants. “I come to training and work with Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone (the substitute goalkeepers). They are better goalkeepers than him anyway.”
Lehmann countered: “In principle, I don't hate anyone in the world. I find his statement quite funny.” The feud between the two went so far that they didn't even talk to each other during training. “He is not important to me. So I don't talk to him”, said Lehmann. At the end of the post, the best sayings come from Mad Jens Lehmann.
- “I'm not such guy like Rudi Völler, that everybody likes. I'm a goalkeeper.”
Lehmann's statement after the UEFA Cup-Triumph
- “I have a positive view of the future of German football. Less commitment, less willingness, less readiness is no longer possible.”
Lehmann after the disastrous 1:4 bankruptcy against Italy in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup
- “One minute after the game is over, I still don't have the intelligence to judge the game.”
- “If I follow the coverage of the last 15 years, I feel like I've failed for most of my career. Only players who have been relegated a few times usually have this coverage.”
Lehmann about his image in the media
- “I believe that in truth and I am very modest. The only situation I can't be in is in sports.”
Lehmann on the accusation that he was arrogant
- “That's a level! You're a gutter, boy!”
To Carsten Jancker during the training of the German national team
- “I was with Jürgen Klinsmann on Tuesday and asked him: Jürgen said that Oliver Kahn had come to him and said that he hadn't said that he was number one. That's why it's a bit confusing.”
Confusion in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup about the World Cup – nomination for the goal
- “I don't know what we should talk about. I don't have a 24-year-old girlfriend; I have another life.”
Lehmann about his competitor Oliver Kahn
- A goalkeeper who keeps coming out, waving and gesturing around is at some point perceived as ridiculous. Such gestures signal to the opponent: “Something's wrong with them.”
- “Of course, I want to play to zero as a goalkeeper, but I still think the team should entertain people.”
Jens Lehmann philosophizes about the football game
- People always tell me, “You don't sell yourself well.” Then I answer: “You're not quite right; I'm not selling myself.” I never did that, I never will.
- “If you are attacked in the five-meter room or in the sixteenth, then you will be whistled in Germany and also in Europe. Here one holds me on the line, I push him, and the referee whistles a penalty. That was surprising for me.”
Lehmann on differences in English and German football
- “If you compare the speed on the island to the Bundesliga, it's like an ICE and a D train.”
- “It was fun, but it was also a bit emotional because I noticed: It's game over now.”
Lehmann after his 394th and last Bundesliga game
- “The subjunctive is the loser's enemy.”