clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Amid controversy, Lothar Matthäus calls for Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Völler to save the DFB

Hiring Hansi Flick might just be the first move in a series of many to get the DFB on the right track.

Soccer - FIFA 2006 World Cup - Bidding To Host Tournament Photo by Matthew Ashton/EMPICS via Getty Images

If people think Bayern Munich’s front office has interpersonal issues, the DFB makes the Bavarians look like the “Get Along Gang.”

Simply put, the DFB might be in need of a “corporate restructuring.”

After DFB president Fritz Keller compared DFB vice president Rainer Koch to Nazi judge Roland Freisler, the regional and state associations of the DFB met, held a vote, and have Keller a vote of no confidence per Deutsche Welle:

A no-confidence vote in Keller from the regional soccer bosses ended 26-9, with two abstentions. (General secretary Friedrich) Curtius lost a similar vote, according to a DFB statement.

“The presidents of the state and regional associations of the German Football Association withdrew their confidence in President Fritz Keller at the extraordinary conference this weekend in Potsdam and asked him to step down from his position,” the DFB statement said.

“The conference also had a vote of no-confidence in general secretary Dr. Friedrich Curtius,” the DFB added.

Meanwhile, Koch and treasurer Stephan Osnabrügge both won votes of confidence.

Keller, though, is refusing to vacate his post, which is drawing even more ire.

In response, Lothar Matthäus gave his take on who should take charge of the DFB in an effort to get every aspect of the organization back in alignment (per Abendzeitung):

“I would prefer both of them. (Karl-Heinz) Rummenigge as president and (Rudi) Völler as vice president. Even if it ends up being just one, we would have great cause for celebration,” Matthäus said. “Rummenigge and Völler enjoy prestige, are renowned in the world of football, and both will soon end their involvement with FC Bayern and Bayer Leverkusen, respectively. The image that our association has given for years, but especially in the recent past, is embarrassing and is currently culminating in the scandal about a Nazi comparison and the farce that followed.”

Matthäus goes even further with his criticism. “Our footballing reputation has also been suffering internationally for some time. The poor performances on the pitch have unfortunately been going hand in hand for some time with an association leadership for which you have to be ashamed, and not just as a German ex-player,” said the former world-class professional. “Whereas we used to be admired for both, we are now often laughed at.”


Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bavarian Football Works Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Bayern Munich news from Bavarian Football Works