News : Nagelsmann change – Hainer: “Don’t believe all the numbers that were rumored” – sport
Bundesliga, FC Bayern: The sums mentioned in connection with the change of coach Julian Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig to FC Bayern Munich are not all true, according to Bayern President Herbert Hainer. “We had to find an agreement with RB Leipzig because Julian Nagelsmann was still tied there. And don’t believe all the numbers that were being rumored,” said the 66-year-old in an interview with the Evening News to a question about the record transfer in the Corona period, in which the German record champions also have to save according to their own statements.
Reports on the transfer fee range from 15 million euros plus bonus payments to 30 million euros. Nagelsmann, who gets a five-year contract with FC Bayern, is definitely the most expensive coach in football history. “FC Bayern are one of the best teams in Europe, and they also need a top coach. We managed to do that by signing Julian Nagelsmann,” said Hainer.
2nd league, HSV: The winless series of Karlsruher SC in the 2nd Bundesliga continues. Despite the seventh game without success in a row, the KSC recorded the 1-1 (0-0) at the stumbling promotion candidate Hamburger SV as a success on Thursday evening. “I have to give the team a huge compliment. They fought unbelievably. We played a really, really great away game here,” said sports director Oliver Kreuzer on Sky TV. “In the end, we deserve a point here.” Simon Terodde had put HSV in the lead after a penalty shot in the Volksparkstadion (56th minute), while KSC goalkeeper Benjamin Uphoff was able to fend off his first attempt. In return, veteran Daniel Gordon practically equalized with his head for Baden (57th).
Handball, Olympia: Alfred Gislason carefully drew a first conclusion after the start of his Olympic casting. “Completely sidelined,” said the national coach of the German handball players after the 26:24 (15:15) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, “nobody played.” However, the Icelander was not allowed to observe any highlights of his wobbly candidates on the exhausting day trip to the Balkans. During the first endurance test of the extended preparation for the games in Tokyo, his team struggled for the entire duration of the game on Thursday. “Light and shadow were certainly there,” said Gislason after the sportingly insignificant European Championship qualifier on the ARD microphone.
The national coach started with playmaker Juri Knorr in the middle, Sebastian Heymann on half-left and Fabian Wiede on half-right. Knorr and Wiede certified the coaching veteran solid and decent performance, Heymann, however, was “far from his possibilities”: “He put too much pressure on himself.” Gislason also had praise for Finn Lemke. The 2016 European champion from MT Melsungen was allowed to step into the field in the second half and demonstrated his “very, very good defensive work” (Gislason). The 61-year-old emphasized “that one or the other” player already has “good cards” for a Tokyo ticket. The scaffolding is in place, but: “Something is still possible in many positions. Nothing has been decided yet.” The next opportunity to gather impressions under competition conditions is for Gislason on Sunday (6:00 p.m. / Sport1) in Stuttgart, when the qualification against Estonia is due. In Swabia, Germany, which has been participating in the 2022 finals in Hungary and Slovakia since January, could celebrate its 20th victory in a row in the European Championship qualifiers.
Curling, WM: The German women curling got the clearance for the world championship in Calgary. Due to the special circumstances with two athletes who tested positive for the corona virus, they are allowed to compete with three instead of four players. Their first match is against Russia this Friday (5:00 p.m. / CEST). The two players who tested positive remain in quarantine. The world association announced this immediately before the start after further examinations and analyzes, including for virus variants. The following applies to the other players: They must undergo a rapid test every morning, followed by a PCR test. If a quick test turns out positive, all German games of the day will be postponed and the results of the PCR tests will be awaited. What that could mean for the schedule of the World Cup will then be evaluated, it said.
Basketball, EM: Dirk Nowitzki has given the German basketball players a difficult preliminary group for the EM 2022 in Cologne. In the first phase of the tournament, the team of national coach Henrik Rödl will face European champions Slovenia, the medal candidates France and Lithuania as well as Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina. That was the result of the draw on Thursday in Berlin, in which Nowitzki also drew lots as EM ambassador. The other three preliminary round groups of the continental tournament will take place in the Czech Republic (Prague), Georgia (Tbilisi) and Italy (Milan). The first four teams each reach the round of 16, the complete knockout round takes place in Berlin. The former European champion Lithuania was already determined as a German opponent before the draw, as each of the four preliminary round hosts could choose an opponent. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the EM had been postponed by one year to 2022 and will now take place from September 1st to 18th.