News : U21 European Championship – Germany in the final: This team is really the team
Many football fans in Germany are already in the mood for the European Championship. But that is not due to Joachim Löw’s DFB team, which recently showed a poor performance against Denmark and will soon pass in the final against France and Portugal. The German A selection still has to work out their approval.
The U21s have already made it, they are causing a stir.
And thus, of all things, a year that is not considered to be the most talented in terms of breadth. It is a team that consists primarily of players who are considered rather unknown by the public, there are second division kickers, legionnaires from England’s second division, Austria or Belgium.
But, and that is crucial, it is a team, the team.
How quickly this team came together at the European Championships in Hungary and Slovenia, how well they can play football, that will all come together 23 seconds long clip clear, which has already been shared thousands of times on social networks. And which doesn’t get more boring with each repetition, just more impressive.
He shows the German juniors 1-0 in the semi-final victory against the Netherlands, he shows nine passes, three of which are double passes, steady gain of space under pressure and at the end the leading goal by Florian Wirtz.
The game is only a few seconds old at the beginning of the scene, Germany has the ball in their own penalty area and the Dutch attackers are on it. It is a pressure situation for the DFB Juniors, they could get rid of it immediately with a long pass forward. First bring some peace and quiet, risk nothing. Long blow, danger averted. But that doesn’t happen.
Instead, it goes forward pass by pass, including through Amos Pieper from Arminia Bielefeld, Cologne’s Salih Özcan and Lukas Nmecha from RSC Anderlecht, and again and again a Dutchman almost gets his foot in between, often only a millimeter is missing, just one step. But the perfect timing is on the U21 side. Then Nmecha’s last pass with the outside instep (as if everything hadn’t been nice enough, now this pass as the icing on the cake) into the center of the box, where Wirtz had run free between the Dutch defenders – and the goal.
Wirtz is the most prominent in the team, he plays for Bayer Leverkusen and in international competition, he is a fine technician, many would have liked to see him at the European Championship of the A-team. He is the shooter of this dream goal after only 30 seconds, a dream goal that belonged to the whole team.
Almost all field players cheered the goal together at the left corner flag; There were similar pictures nine minutes later, when Wirtz increased to the decisive 2-0. Portugal is now waiting for the final on Sunday (9 p.m., TV: ProSieben).
“This team spirit, this team spirit, that is outstanding,” praised Stefan Kuntz later, who has now led the third U21 year in a row into an EM final. Defender Nico Schlotterbeck said before the upcoming final: “I think the team has no limit.”
The team, that sounds nice, and a few years ago the DFB team no longer just wanted to be the DFB team – the DFB planners wanted it from now on The team called. But marketing can usually not replace football, the games still have to be played, the name, the team, has to be worked out and earned. So far has been The team, this title, seen rather mockingly.
It’s different with the U21s, they humbly traveled to the finals, knowing full well that there had been more talented years at the DFB before them. And that the really big nations in the young generation are more likely to be found in France or England at the moment. But these teams are no longer there, the German U21 is.
If she wants to call herself the team now, that would be fine. But the selection doesn’t seem like it’s giving itself that title. She looks more like she knows that encouragement comes naturally when you work together towards a goal.