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The death group lives up to its name. Portugal, France, Germany: Everyone died prematurely in the tournament. Anyone who thinks something has already been achieved by making it to the last 16 learned better yesterday. Just before eight in the evening, it was clear: England cursed Germany – and 15-year-old Löw’s era ended with a 2-0 defeat.
Was that a disgrace? A disgrace to German football? Florian Witcher, deputy editor-in-chief of t-online, sees it this way: Löw made Germany world champion – then demolished his monument again, He writes in his comment.
I say: We can be glad the ghost is finally over. Has he conceded seven goals in four matches and only one win in this European Championship? This is a devastating result. Desolate defensive behavior, toothless attacking attempts, unused record postures in promising positions, although the national coach has repeatedly emphasized how often the standards have been practiced in preparation for the tournament: the list of failures can go on for a long time.
It’s just a sober summary of Euro 2020. We will never forget the humiliation Germany suffered in the 2018 World Cup – To be the last to retire after the group stage without a sound or tone.
Now a new era is dawning. Hansi Flick, head coach of FC Bayern Munich, takes over. He’s won everything he’s been winning with the Munich team – and is considered a sensitive figure, tactically excellent coach and a winner. These will be the three critical components of a future in which the change that failed disastrously for Joachim Loew must materialize. The future national coach and a hungry generation of enthusiastic young players around Kai Havertz, Jamal Musiala, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka give hope.
Because this defeat will not permanently harm German football, I’m sure about that. It is often the bad work done by young people recently in Winning the European Under-21 Championship It paid off when Stefan Koontz dramatically trained his forces for victory. Boys like 18-year-old Florian Wirz from Bayer Leverkusen have a bright future ahead of them. Or let’s think of 23-year-old Riddell Baku: With Wolfsburg, Hansi Flick can solve problems on the right defensive side. Because no one knows like Flick that you should let Kimmich shine in a central role – and not let him perish on the sidelines as an emergency fix like Löw.
Now it’s over – that’s a good thing. Germany is better off without Löw. Because a fresh start without a new coach was just a cosmetic. Now follows the era of Flick – and with it the promise of German football that can generate enthusiasm again, for shouting football, offensive desire and the next big title after the 2014 World Cup victory in Brazil.
It is a shame that the next tournament will be in Qatar. You wouldn’t want such a start for any national coach. But that’s another matter. Let’s stay here and now.
The virus knows no borders
England-Germany: After the round of 16, fans leave Wembley Stadium. (Source: IMAGO / PA Images)
45,000 people celebrated and freaked out yesterday at Wembley Stadium in London Then crowded near the football temple. Looking at the photos, it was easy to forget the Corona pandemic. But the dangerous virus in no way disappeared as if by magic. Only football sometimes takes place on a strange planet called UEFA – and it knows its own rules.
Questionable special role. And all this at a very critical stage of the epidemic. T-online has been reporting the most infectious delta variant for weeks – And the news is not getting better. According to current estimates, the delta ratio among new infections in Germany is already about 50 percent. An alarming number that indicates that another autumn of deprivation may be waiting for us. Because UEFA does not just ignore the warnings of scientists and politicians The policy itself appears strangely inconsistent.
Closure of restaurants, cinemas, museums and schoolchildren at home in front of tablets and daily danger reports in light of the explosion in the number of cases of corona infection: Will this scenario really happen again anytime soon?
Oh, okay, In any case, travel will hardly help contain the virus. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to do this. Enough to look back: at the beginning of the pandemic, the coronavirus center Ischgl showed us how deadly the effects of travel can be. Also last summer, many of them brought the virus with them from vacation.
And what did we learn from it? Apparently not much. Starting tomorrow, the federal government will lift the travel warning for all areas at risk of corona. More than 80 countries are affected. Including Hungary. There Viktor Orban allowed 55,000 spectators from the European Championships to enter the Budapest Stadium and was the first European politician to convey the new neglect.
For many of us, this means a dilemma above all: In the summer we travel across Europe and the world – and in three months’ time we will be wondering why our newly elected representatives would suddenly want to shut everything down again. If the current short-sighted policies retaliate soon, it is likely that many of those responsible for them will not return to their positions and dignity. At least in Berlin, the new senior staff will have to find new solutions after the general election. Or old: ventilate, keep a distance, wear a mask, and limit contact lenses.
Steinmeier and Schultz
Talk about travel. It should have been a while since two of Germany’s top actors were traveling around the world at the same time. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is traveling to Israel for a state visit until Friday, and Federal Finance Minister Olaf Schultz (SPD) will travel to Washington. Instead of video conferencing, there are real visits again. Steinmeier’s visit to Israel was planned for 2020 and will now be compensated. With this, too, a part of normalcy is returning.
Putin against suspicion
Vladimir Putin: The Russian president has mastered the art of show. (Source: Dennis Grombkowski / Getty Images)
The Russian president is a master of staging. Vladimir Putin loves to show his strength in pictures: riding in the wild without his upper body, going out in camouflage clothes in Siberia or doing lively military parades. But playing with cameras has recently become more difficult for the head of state of Russia because of Corona. Skepticism is growing among the people – especially about dealing with the pandemic. Many Russians are not really convinced by Sputnik-V, their own vaccine.
Because of the widespread skepticism about vaccinations, today Putin will respond to the criticisms and concerns of his citizens at the hour of the citizens’ consultation “Direct Draht” broadcast by several radio and television stations. If criticism is expressed at all. The broadcast was canceled last year. Now Putin can catch up with his program – and use the power of images for his own purposes.
54% of Germans have already received a dose of a vaccine against the Corona virus, and about 36% have received full vaccinations. But how good or bad is Germany doing with this share? The vaccination rate has recently decreased in Germany, data from the Robert Koch Institute shows. Meanwhile, other European countries are clearly catching up. My colleagues Adrian Roger and Sandra Sperling use data animation to display لعرض How well Germany still does in comparison.
Is the policy for sale? This explosive question has been circulating for a long time in our already sympathetic neighboring country, Austria. There, the so-called Ibiza Committee is currently presenting the biggest stage of the bitter power games. There will be a confrontation on Thursday due to the invitation of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz again. For the second time. With his debut, he led himself into the biggest crisis of his career. Our author Christian Bartlau explains how this can happen – What threatens Curtis now?
The richest place in the United States – you might think of Manhattan or Hollywood or somewhere in Florida. But far from it: You’ll find it in Wyoming. The name of the billionaires’ Mecca: Jackson. Our Washington correspondent visited the town of the Rocky Mountains, Where millionaires just kicked out ordinary people – and now they are being driven out by the billionaires themselves.
Right now, you hardly hear or see anything from the “side thinkers” who would have preferred no action against the coronavirus and where many dream of disruption. But my colleague Lars Vinand has now returned to the beginnings of these matters in order to investigate an interesting point. In fact, Scientology has been around from the start and has helped build the organization. His text on the relationship between the cult of Scientology and the cult-like organization of “lateral thinking,” I read here.
What amuses me
The Delta variant will welcome vacationers with open arms.
(Source: Mario Lars)
I wish you a lively start to the day. Do not let yesterday’s defeat spoil your mood and look to the future with optimism. On this very day, that is, tomorrow, Florian Harms will write you dawn again.
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