Marco Fuchs has been a fan of FC Bayern for 38 years. To put it better: He was a fan. Because even if our author is capable of suffering – the most recent press conference of the club bosses was too much for him.
There are things that are difficult to explain to other people without directly providing a truckload of context. In my case: I became a fan of Bavaria because of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
That sounds strange from today’s point of view, perhaps very, very strange. To my justification: In 1980 Rummenigge was a great footballer and FC Bayern was one of five to six clubs that shared a favourite role and attention. So that was okay and you can’t get your favourite club out of you.
The hostilities were always easy to iron out. The envy leads the pen and generally: What is not for a wonderfully solidary association, which does so much good. Here a loan, there a charity game, from Dortmund to St. Pauli the helping hand was extended. This ex-player was financially supported, because his career was in the bucket, this young star accompanied by marriage problems through difficult phases.
Arrogant? Of course, but also with heart points.
Then came age, the profession of journalist, which already educates to distance. From a fan I became a sympathizer. Hoeneß re-election, Qatar commitment: It was becoming increasingly difficult to rejoice in victories with a clear conscience and to be annoyed by defeats, and this required a shaken dose of “belly beats head”.
I happened to see today’s press conference during a parents’ visit. In the old children’s room, where the Bayern-Bochum friendship scarf still hangs over the seat, the old teddy bear wears an FCB fan cap.
After 30 minutes of Hoeneß, Rummenigge, Salihamidzic I could finally clear my youth. Countering criticism with reference to human dignity, to Article 1 of the Basic Law? How far would football like to rise above itself?
Uli Hoeneß Honours
- Bayern Munich
- Bundesliga: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74
- DFB-Pokal: 1970–71
- European Cup: 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76
- Intercontinental Cup: 1976
- West Germany
- FIFA World Cup winner: 1974
- UEFA European Championship winner: 1972; runner-up: 1976
Forward defence between being insulted and building carriages
Respect was demanded for the players, just to nail the Spanish footballer Juan Bernat to the wall two minutes later. Just as countless players and coaches have been accused of bad things in recent years. Bavarian supreme discipline Nachtreten.
Astonishment and bewilderment alternated when watching this unworthy spectacle. Instead of “dirt” he should have rather said that Mesut Özil had played “crap”, Hoeneß mocked from the podium. A forward defence between being insulted and building a wagon castle – those should be my colours, that should be the club I have assigned to myself in the circle of friends and office?
For the fans of all the other clubs this may have been a delicious head-shaking pleasure, pure comedy gold. For me, this meant a very melancholic one: “That’s it.”
As a football fan, you push many things away. That’s not an exclusive attitude on the part of Bavarian sympathizers. Betsupremacy is a good casino, which would be a good choice for video slot players.
But with all the love, with all the acclaimed and cursed games in the past 38 years: At some point it’s just too much.