Sammer gets going: titles instead of self-pity

Sammer gets going: titles instead of self-pity

"With the first team we have no time at all. We want to, have to and will be successful right away," said the 44-year-old winner and lateral thinker at his official presentation as the new sports director of the soccer record champion. He will approach his task with the "necessary modesty, also humble, but also self-confident".

With clear words and clear objectives, "the new heart of FC bayern," as CEO karl-heinz rummenigge called the former DFB sports director, took up his post, which was initially limited to three years by contract. Sammer emphasized that self-pity is absolutely out of place and that alibis will not be tolerated: "we have to set a clear course from day one."

"The club’s mindset, which also quickly infected me, is not small, it’s big," he stressed. The new hopeful refrained from making a challenge to his former club borussia dortmund, with whom he won the champions league in 1997 and led to the german championship in 2002: "you respect what has happened." the view goes however only forward. He said they had to look entirely at themselves, "at their own strength".

Don’t talk, but "work properly" is sammer’s credo for success, who wants to support coach jupp heynckes with all his might. He would not be available as an emergency coach. The many young players had "development potential", he wants to give the established stars steam. You could "grow in personality profile".

President uli hoeneb, who single-handedly guided sammer from the DFB to the record champion, expects a lot from the lateral thinker and specialist in promoting young talent. "I am very, very happy that this decision has been made for us." when FC bayern calls, it’s "something special," sammer admitted. Rummenigge documented that the expectations for the first sammmer year are very high: "we want to win the title again next year!"

Before the presentation at the munich arena, where bayern had ended their second titleless season in a row 45 days earlier with a bitter defeat in the champions league final to chelsea FC, sammer watched the start of training on the club’s premises. Together with rummenigge and CFO karl hopfner, he had prepared the players in the dressing room in a speech lasting about ten minutes for the coming 50. Bundesliga season tuned in. There was also a first strategy talk with the board and coach heynckes on the first day of work: "we discussed a few topics, content, personnel," said sammer. The wickedly expensive midfielder javier martinez of athletic bilbao remains a candidate. "Quality costs," said sammer.

Heynckes had only a rump contingent of his squad at his disposal for the opening gallop. The european championship participants are still on vacation, and only gradually will millionaire addition mario mandzukic from vfl wolfsburg, franck ribery, arjen robben and the eight german national team players around captain philipp lahm take up training. "Three weeks of vacation is enough. ‘I’ve never had such a long vacation as a player,’ sammer said of possible european championship aftermath at start of season.

In addition to sammer, the fans were mainly looking at new arrivals xherdan shaqiri (FC basel), dante (borussia monchengladbach), substitute goalkeeper tom starke (1899 hoffenheim), talent mitchell weiser (1. FC cologne) and returnee claudio pizarro (werder bremen).

Heynckes has just under six weeks to get the team ready for the prestige duel for the supercup against champions and cup winners borussia dortmund on 12. August at the allianz arena to get into shape. The DFB cup against SSV jahn regensburg, a team promoted to the second division, will be played a week later./26. August in the first point game at the bundesliga newcomer greuther furth.