From “A” like American football to “F” like football to “Z” like decathlon: the world of sport is diverse. Every day somewhere in the world, more or less important competitions take place, which due to the dominance of fewer sports are hardly noticed or even go under. Wrongly, we think – and report here and above all about high-class sport away from football.
+++ Champions League and Europa League suspended “until further notice” +++
In the wake of the corona virus crisis, the European Football Union has suspended all games for clubs and national teams “until further notice”. Decisions on new dates, for example for matches in the Champions League and Europa League, should be made “at the appropriate time” and communicated, as Uefa announced after several crisis meetings on Tuesday. A working group, with the participation of the leagues and clubs, should look for solutions in the calendar that make it possible to end the season. The playoff games for the European Championship scheduled for the end of March, which have been postponed to the summer of 2021, should take place in early June if possible.
+++ No more team training at Borussia Dortmund +++
At Borussia Dortmund there will be no training until next Monday. Actually, the Bundesliga team should resume training together on Tuesday after two days without training. Because of the corona virus pandemic, the players were instructed not to come for the time being and were given individual plans.
“It makes sense that the players stay at home for now,” said license player manager Sebastian Kehl. It is still unclear whether training can actually start again next Monday. “We just have to wait,” said Kehl, referring to the constantly changing general situation. BVB also closed all fan shops for the time being on Tuesday.
+++ EM 2020 will be moved to the coming year +++
According to consistent media reports, the European Football Championship 2020 is to be moved to the summer of 2021. The national leagues and the European Club Association ECA approved a corresponding proposal by the European Football Union on Tuesday, as reported, among other things, the ZDF. In another video conference, the 55 UEFA member associations must approve the relocation due to the coronavirus pandemic before the UEFA Executive Committee can make the final decision. The pan-European tournament was originally scheduled to take place this summer from June 12th to July 12th.
With Munich, Germany would have been one of twelve hosts for the 51 games of the 24 participants. The extent to which Uefa wants to and can host the historic final round in the summer of 2021 remained open at first. According to a Twitter announcement from the Norwegian Football Association, the tournament will be held from June 11th to July 11th, 2021.
The measure will give national leagues the much-needed time to end the currently suspended season under somewhat normal circumstances. The key date is then June 30th, when contracts that normally expire end. The German Football League announced on Monday that it wanted to play ghost games for the remaining games.
+++ Football Euro 2020: Russia offers itself as a host +++
One day before the Uefa emergency meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Russia hosted the European Football Championship 2020. “Of course we are ready, but we have to first discuss what the format could be, how many games would take place and so on,” said Alexei Sorokin, head of the Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Cup, to Russian media. There are apparently three scenarios for the UEFA video conference on Tuesday. In addition to the complete cancellation, it should be discussed whether the tournament can be postponed to December or even summer 2012.
+++ 70 percent of the Japanese no longer believe in the Olympic Games +++
Due to the spread of the corona virus, almost 70 percent of Japanese no longer believe that the Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo this summer, as planned. Only 24.5 percent of all respondents said in the survey published for the Kyodo news agency on Monday that they expected the sporting event to be held as scheduled. The Summer Olympics with around 11,000 participants are scheduled to take place in the Japanese capital from July 24 to August 9. The Paralympics should follow on August 25th.
+++ First known corona virus case with professional of the handball Bundesliga +++
In the handball Bundesliga there is the first known case of a professional infected with the corona virus. The Danish international Mads Mensah from the Rhein-Neckar Löwen has tested positive for the virus, as the club announced on Monday morning. The 28-year-old, who said he felt fit and fully resilient again, was immediately transferred to a 14-day domestic quarantine together with his family.
+++ President Bolsonaro railed against football cancellations: “hysteria” +++
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has called sport cancellations because of the coronavirus pandemic “hysteria.” “If you ban football and other things, you will run into hysteria. Banning this and that will not stop the spread,” said the head of state at CNN Brasil, stressing: “We have to act, the virus can become a serious problem. But the economy has to work because we cannot have a wave of unemployment. ” The South American association Conmebol had recently postponed the upcoming Copa Libertadores games. The games for the World Cup qualification in South America, which were scheduled for March 26, 27 and 31, have also been canceled.
Bolsonaro’s communication secretary Fábio Wajngarten, who had also met US President Donald Trump on a trip to the United States, had tested positive for the corona virus. Bolsonaro then also did a test that he said was negative.
+++ March 14: Schachmann wins long-distance trip Paris-Nice +++
The German professional cyclist Maximilian Schachmann has won the 78th long-distance trip from Paris to Nice. The German road master from Berlin defended the yellow jersey of the leader on Saturday on the seventh and last stage and celebrated the most important success of his professional career. It is the first German victory in the classic since Tony Martin, who won the prestigious “Race to the Sun” in 2011. At the final mountain arrival in Valdeblore, Schachmann was sixth to keep the Belgian Tiesj Benoot at bay for 18 seconds. The stage win went to the Colombian mountain specialist Nairo Quintana.
+++ March 14: Ronaldo appeals to his fans +++
Portugal’s soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo addressed his fans with an emotional post about the corona crisis. The world is in a very difficult phase, wrote the Juve striker, who is currently in Madeira on his Instagram account. That demands extreme care and attention from everyone. “I am not writing to you today as a footballer, but as a son, father and person who is worried about current developments around the world,” continued the 35-year-old. He stressed the importance of taking seriously the advice given by the World Health Organization and experts on how to deal with the situation. Protecting people’s lives must be above all other interests. In the end, he wishes all those affected, including his teammate Daniele Rugani, who is infected with the virus, a lot of strength and thanks the doctors who “put their lives at risk to save others”.
The post on Saturday went viral and now appeals to more than four million users. Recently, the superstar was the first to break the 200 million subscriber mark with his Instagram account.
+++ March 14: Martin Fourcade ends his career +++
Somewhat surprisingly, French biathlon star Martin Fourcade announced the end of his career. “Thank you for the trip. Time to say goodbye,” said the 31-year-old on Friday evening on social media. Fourcade only finished second in the sprint at the early season finale in Kontiolahti, Finland on Thursday. The pursuit on Saturday (1.45 p.m.) is the Frenchman’s last race. For him it is still about winning the overall World Cup against his Norwegian rival Johannes Thingnes Bö. If Fourcade did it, it would be his eighth overall win. But gust has an advantage.
“Big, big champion,” replied Germany’s ski hunter Simon Schempp, who was beaten by Fourcade in the photo finish at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Fourcade now wants to be active in sports politics.
+++ March 13: BVB boss Watzke: Greatest crisis for German professional football +++
Borussia Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke sees German professional football in the greatest crisis in its history given the corona virus pandemic and is concerned about the future of some clubs. “It is to be hoped that the Bundesliga clubs have built up so much substance in recent years that everyone will survive this crisis,” said Watzke in a BVB announcement on Friday evening. According to the current state of knowledge, the 60-year-old sees no “existential threat” for Borussia.
In view of the corona virus crisis, the Presidium of the German Football League had previously decided to completely cancel the 26th Bundesliga matchday this weekend. Watzke apparently not only approved this decision.
+++ March 13: Klopp’s message to Liverpool fans: football is not important today +++
Coach Jürgen Klopp wrote to Liverpool fans in a written message, urging them to understand the Premier League’s game cancellations due to the coronavirus crisis. “I have already said that football is always the most important of the unimportant things. Today, football and soccer games are no longer important,” said the German coach on Friday in a post on the website of the 2019 Champions League winner.
“Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions to be suspended, but if this helps keep one person healthy – just one – no questions will be asked,” said Klopp.
+++ March 13: Football Bundesliga stops playing +++
The Bundesliga has stopped playing because of the Coronavirus pandemic and will not play this weekend. This was announced by the DFL on Friday afternoon. “In view of the dynamics of today,” it was decided to “relocate the 26th matchday, which started today, in both leagues”. In the morning it had initially been said that the game would be interrupted from Tuesday until April 2nd. This interruption should remain for the time being, however, starting today.
“The background is, among other things, that during the day there was suspicion of an infection with the Corona virus in the vicinity of several clubs and their teams and that further infections cannot be ruled out,” wrote the DFL to explain the late cancellation. Actually, the games should have taken place as ghost games. The game between Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen had already been canceled on Friday. Fortuna Düsseldorf and SC Paderborn, who were supposed to play on Friday evening (8.30 p.m.), also applied to the DFL for a transfer.
The goal is still to “end the season by the summer – from a sporting point of view, but especially because prematurely ending the season could have existential consequences for some clubs,” as the DFL reiterated on Friday afternoon. A general meeting scheduled for Monday is to advise on how to proceed.
Here is the statement by the DFL:
“In view of the dynamics of today with new corona infections and corresponding suspected cases in direct connection with the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga, the Presidium of the DFL German Football League decided at short notice to relocate the 26th matchday, which started today, in both leagues In addition, the committee recommends, as planned, that the general meeting of the professional clubs, which will meet next Monday, continue the suspension of play until April 2 – including the international break – due to, among other things, that suspicions arise during the day An infection with the Corona virus in the vicinity of several clubs and their teams has resulted and further infections cannot be ruled out.Previously in the 2nd Bundesliga after the professional team of Hanover 96 also for the entire team of 1.FC Nuremberg by the local Health Department ordered home quarantine, unchanged In the international break between all clubs, taking into account the knowledge then available, for example with regard to the international game calendar, should be considered about the further procedure. The goal is still to end the season by the summer – from a sporting point of view, but especially because premature ending of the season could have existential consequences for some clubs. Already on Monday, the DFL Presidium had stated that if there should be a postponement of games, the DFL Presidium should only do this in relation to entire match days en bloc. Based on the current information situation, this was no longer guaranteed. “
+++ March 13th: No Coronavirus – Paderborns Trainer Baumgart tested negative +++
Paderborn’s trainer Steffen Baumgart is not infected with the corona virus. “Wonderful news from our coach: Steffen has tested negative,” wrote the Bundesliga soccer team on Friday afternoon. “But there are still results from players pending.” In the morning Baumgart was identified and tested as a suspected case. The league game at Fortuna Düsseldorf is already on the program for the bottom of the table in the evening.
+++ 13 March: Werder Bremen against Leverkusen is canceled +++
Now it is officially confirmed: The Bundesliga game between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen next Monday has been canceled due to the corona virus. This was explained by Bremen Mayor Andreas Bovenschulte from the SPD at a press conference of the Senate on Friday. “It is expected that 2,000 to 3,000 people will be in front of the stadium, so the interior senator said that the game could not take place,” said Bovenschulte.
+++ March 13: Paderborn’s trainer Steffen Baumgart under suspicion of corona +++
The game between Fortuna Düsseldorf and SC Paderborn is scheduled to take place on Friday evening, but it is possible that it will be canceled. The reason: The coach of SC Paderborn, Steffen Baumgart, is ill and shows symptoms typical of corona. The result of the test is still pending and is expected in the course of the afternoon, as the club announced. Two other players are also said to show symptoms. As a precaution, the club has closed its office in its own stadium, provisionally until Saturday noon.
+++ March 13: Premier League stops games +++
English professional football also stops playing. After a crisis session on Friday morning following the positive coronavirus tests by Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea pro Callum Hudson-Odoi, the leaders of the Premier League decided to take a break until at least April 3. The league announced. Despite all the challenges, the plan is to catch up with the games if the situation permits, the team said.
Arsenal FC announced on Thursday evening that a “significant” number of people, “including the entire squad and coaching team for the first team” were affected by the quarantine measures that are now required. This should also affect German professionals Bernd Leno, Mesut Özil and Shkodran Mustafi. Chelsea, whose knockout round of 16 in the Champions League against Bayern was canceled, had previously made Hudson-Odoi’s illness public.
+++ March 13: Champions League and Europa League will be interrupted for the time being +++
The European Football Union has suspended play in the Champions League and the Europa League due to the Coronavirus crisis. Uefa announced on Friday.
+++ March 13th: Bundesliga wants to stop playing next week +++
The Bundesliga is due to be interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic from next Tuesday until April 2. The German Football League (DFL) wants to submit this proposal from the Presidium to the professional clubs on Monday. “The goal is still to finish the season by the summer – from a sporting point of view, but especially because premature ending of the season could have existential consequences for some clubs,” said the DFL. The 26th matchday is scheduled to take place as far as possible without spectators.
On Thursday evening, Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the population to make drastic cuts because of the rapid spread of the corona virus, indirectly making the people responsible for football even more responsible. Wherever possible, people should forego social contacts, the CDU politician said on Thursday evening after consultations between the federal government and the prime ministers of the federal states in Berlin. “All unnecessary” events with fewer than 1000 participants should also be canceled.
The upcoming 26th matchday this weekend is to take place with the exclusion of spectators before a good two-week break is planned. But even with ghost games, the season cannot continue seamlessly, as the DFL admitted on Friday.
+++ March 12: Leverkusen wins in Ibrox-Park – Frankfurt probably already outside +++
Bayer Leverkusen kept the German colors high in the Europa League. In the legendary Ibrox Park in Glasgow, the Rhinelands won 3-1 (1-0) against the Rangers at home, opening the door to the quarter-finals wide. In front of an atmospheric backdrop of 47,494 fans, the Werkself created a brilliant starting position for the return leg in a week thanks to the goals of Kai Havertz (35th, penalty), Charles Aranguiz (67th) and Leon Baily (88th). Samuel Edmunson had scored the Rangers’ subsequent goal (75th). Whether the second leg will actually take place in a week is still questionable due to the spread of the corona virus.
In contrast to the Leverkusen team, Eintracht Frankfurt and VfL Wolfsburg played their home games as ghost games – and both teams did not get that well. The “Wolves” lost their game against Shakhtar Donetsk 1: 2 (0: 1). John Anthony Brooks (49th minute) scored for the team of coach Oliver Glasner to temporarily compensate. Junior Moraes (16.) and Marcos Antonio (73.) were successful for the guests. Viktor Kowalenko also failed with a penalty to VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels (22.). Wolfsburg’s Wout Weghorst also missed a penalty (45. + 2).
It was a bitter football evening for the Frankfurt team. 0: 3 (0: 2) in the end it was against FC Basel, who already knows that the second leg will not take place in their own stadium because of the corona virus. For the Basel team, Samuele Campo (27.), substitute Kevin Bua (73.) and Fabian Frei (85.) met. The Swiss champions played their first competitive game in two weeks because of league operations that had been interrupted at home. The second leg will also take place on March 19 in the main metropolis.
+++ March 12: Ski jumping season ended prematurely – World Flight Championships next winter +++
The ski jumping season ended prematurely due to the corona virus. This was announced by the World Federation Fis on Thursday before the also canceled jumping in Trondheim. For the men around Karl Geiger not only the competitions in Trondheim and Vikersund are canceled, but also the Ski Flying World Championships (March 19-22) in the Slovenian Planica, which was supposed to be held without spectators. Instead, the World Flight Championship will now take place in the coming winter 2020/21, as the Fis continued to say. For women, the Blue Bird Tour competition in Russia is without substitute.
+++ March 12: Formula 1 team McLaren cancels Grand Prix in Melbourne from +++
Formula 1 racing team McLaren withdraws his team for the start in Australia after a coronavirus case in the racing team. The British racing team announced on Thursday that the Grand Prix in Melbourne, which is planned for Sunday, is likely to be canceled.
+++ March 12: Real Madrid sends footballers and basketball players in quarantine +++
The Spanish club Real Madrid puts the players of its soccer and basketball professional teams in quarantine with the German soccer player Toni Kroos. The emergency plan was activated because a basketball player had tested positive for the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the club said.
+++ March 11: Gladbach wins in the first ghost game in Bundesliga history +++
Borussia Mönchengladbach has achieved the 50th derby victory against 1. FC Köln in a ghostly atmosphere and has returned to a Champions League spot. Borussia won 2-1 (1-0) against their arch-rivals on Wednesday in the first Bundesliga match due to the Coronavirus without any spectators. Breel Embolo (32nd minute) with his seventh goal of the season and an own goal by Cologne’s Jorge Meré (70th) ensured the overall deserved victory of the team of coach Marco Rose in the catch-up game of the 21st game day under completely unusual circumstances. The connection goal by Mark Uth (81.) came too late for the Cologne – even if the Cologne developed pressure until the end. After the victory, the Borussia players moved behind the north curve, where a larger group of fans celebrated their derby winners.
+++ DFB rescheduled two third division match days +++
Compulsory break for the 3rd league: Due to the increasing spread of the corona virus, the German Football Association (DFB) has taken drastic measures and postponed the next two matchdays. The games should be rescheduled after Easter at the beginning of May at the earliest. The DFB announced on Wednesday.
“We are in an exceptional situation, there are new situations almost every hour. One thing is clear: health is paramount. It is also clear that we want and have to live up to our responsibility for the clubs,” said DFB General Secretary Dr. Friedrich Curtius.
For Monday, the DFB invited to an extraordinary meeting in Frankfurt. There, it will be discussed with the clubs and the 3rd league committee what will happen after the 29th matchday.
The clubs are spared ghost games for the time being. Recently, several clubs had spoken against games without spectators, as the lack of income would have led to economic difficulties.
+++ March 11: DFB Vice President Koch does not believe in the termination of the Bundesliga season +++
DFB Vice President Rainer Koch does not believe that the soccer Bundesliga season will end prematurely due to the coronavirus epidemic. He said this on Bavarian radio and compared to ice hockey, where the DEL was canceled before the start of the playoffs: “The situation is completely different.”
For one thing, the DEL was in the season. On the other hand, there is no promotion and relegation in ice hockey, which is why the Bundesliga has “a completely different economic meaning” for the clubs.
The head of the Bavarian Football Association (BFV) thinks it is important “that we have to be clear about the new season and have to get things done in the clubs as soon as possible.” It is “a huge difference whether I play in the second division or in the first division or the third division with a view to television money,” he said on Wednesday, according to a BR announcement.
+++ March 9: Europa League game Basel against Frankfurt not in Basel +++
The Europa League game between FC Basel and Eintracht Frankfurt, originally scheduled for March 19, cannot take place in Basel as planned due to the new type of corona virus. The cantonal police in Basel-Stadt decided with the crisis team not to approve this game. This was announced by the top Swiss club. Even a ghost game without spectators seemed too dangerous for those responsible, because it can be assumed that “several hundred fans of the visiting club would travel to Basel and gather in front of the stadium during the game,” the club said. It was initially unclear whether and where the game would take place instead.
+++ March 9: FC Augsburg releases coach Martin Schmidt +++
Bundesliga soccer club FC Augsburg separates from coach Martin Schmidt. The Tables-14. justified the decision with “the balance of only four points from nine encounters”, as managing director Stefan Reuter said. “There will always be difficult phases that need to be overcome. In the current situation, however, we see our goal of staying in the league as endangered, so we came to this decision,” said Reuters’ statement in a statement from the club. Assistant coach Stefan Sartori was also released from his duties. Anyone training the current Bundesliga 14. takes over, is not yet certain. “I accept the decision of the club management and thank you for the trust and the opportunity that I got here,” said 52-year-old Swiss. I hope that I could leave a few traces, even if the points on the pitch were ultimately missing. “The club is always above the individual, says Schmidt.
+++ March 8: DFB Cup – Saarbrücken receives Leverkusen, Eintracht must go to Bavaria +++
Cup fright 1. FC Saarbrücken welcomes the Bayer Leverkusen team in the semi-finals for the DFB Cup. This lot was drawn by the pregnant national goalkeeper Almuth Schult in the German Football Museum in Dortmund as a lucky fairy. The semi-finals will be held in Völklingen again, as the stadium in Saarbrücken is being renovated.
In the second semi-final, record cup winners Bayern Munich, who has won the cup 19 times, and Eintracht Frankfurt meet. The games of the semifinals will take place on 21/22. April. The final will take place on May 23rd in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.
+++ March 7th: Third league game in Jena after fan protests shortly before termination +++
With renewed protests in the conflict with the DFB, fans of the football third division FC Carl Zeiss Jena brought the game against 1860 Munich to the brink of demolition. Referee Florian Exner interrupted the game twice because in the block of home fans shortly after the kick-off, posters against the German Football Association and Hoffenheim patron Dietmar Hopp were shown. After briefly ordering both teams into the cabins and finally rolling in the banners, the referee from Bielefeld continued the encounter after a break of almost 15 minutes.
Violent fan protests in the professional football leagues had already caused a stir in the past week. The fans defend themselves above all against collective punishments, which the DFB does not want to do without in serious individual cases in the future. In Jena, the fans accused the DFB of “double standards” and also denigrated billionaire Hopp, who the ultra-scene sees as a symbol of their protests.
It remained open whether the interruption of the game in Jena was absolutely necessary after the DFB had announced on Friday that insulting and grossly unsportsmanlike criticism in the fan block is also possible without the referees having to intervene. There were also disgraceful posters in other third division stadiums like Kaiserslautern. Unimpressed by the scenes in the stands, the Munich team took a 3-0 (2-0) victory in Jena and improved to fifth place in the table.
+++ March 6: Friday game: Cologne wins in Paderborn +++
1. FC Köln celebrated its tenth win of the season at the start of the 25th day of the Bundesliga. The team of coach Markus Gisdol prevailed in the evening with promoted SC Paderborn 2: 1 (2: 0) and comes closer to the European Cup places after the third success in a row. Jorge Meré (28th minute) and Jonas Hector (36th) met in front of 15,000 spectators before the break for the cathedral townspeople. For the team of coach Steffen Baumgart, it was the 17th defeat of the season that kept the SCP in a precarious position as bottom of the table. Dennis Srbeny’s goal in the 73rd minute was not enough for the hosts, who threw everything forward again in the final phase.
+++ March 5: all clear at Bremen’s Toprak: no fibula fracture +++
Contrary to what was initially feared, Werder Bremen’s defender Ömer Toprak did not suffer a broken leg in the DFB Cup match at Eintracht Frankfurt. The 30-year-old was diagnosed with a tear at the calf, as the Bremen-based company announced on Thursday morning.
“A very painful affair for Ömer, but luckily nothing is broken,” Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt is quoted in the statement. “The wound was stitched in the hospital last night and Ömer returned to the team hotel a little later.” In the away game of the penultimate table of the Bundesliga in Hertha BSC on Saturday (3.30 p.m. / Sky) Toprak will be missing.
At the Cup Out of Bremen at Eintracht, Toprak was fouled by Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic in the final phase and then taken to the hospital. Der Eintracht-Profi sah für sein Einsteigen von hinten ohne Chance auf den Ball die Rote Karte.
4. März: Medizinischer Notfall bei DFB-Pokalspiel
Ein medizinischer Notfall hat am Mittwoch beim Viertelfinale des DFB-Pokals zwischen Bayer Leverkusen und Union Berlin für einen Schockmoment und für eine halbe Stunde gespenstische Stimmung gesorgt. Sanitäter rannten aufgeregt in den unteren Zuschauer-Rang, zogen eine Person heraus, deckten sie mit Decken ab und starteten die Reanimierung.
“Die Reanimationsmaßnahmen waren erfolgreich, der Gesundheitszustand ist aktuell stabil. Der Fan ist auf dem Weg ins Krankenhaus”, teilte Bayer kurz nach Beginn der 2. Halbzeit mit.
Die Leverkusener Zuschauer stellten ab der 15. Minute die Gesänge ein, die Berliner Anhänger schlossen sich umgehend an. Fortan war es nahezu komplett still im Stadion, man konnte einzelne Rufer im Stadionrund hören. “Unser Dank gilt den Ersthelfern, Sanitätern, Notärzten und Sicherheitskräften für ihren Einsatz”, twitterten die Leverkusener: “Auch ein Dank an alle Zuschauer in der BayArena für eure Rücksichtnahme.”
3. März: FC Bayern nach 1:0 auf Schalke wieder im Pokal-Halbfinale
Rekordsieger FC Bayern ist mit einem glanzlosen Sieg beim FC Schalke 04 erneut ins Halbfinale des DFB-Pokals eingezogen. Der Tabellenführer der Fußball-Bundesliga setzte sich am Abend vor 62.271 Zuschauern in Gelsenkirchen mit 1:0 (1:0) durch. Nationalspieler Joshua Kimmich erzielte in der 40. Minute den entscheidenden Treffer für den Titelverteidiger. Im elften Pokalduell mit den Schalkern war es der neunte Sieg für die Münchner. Drei Tage nach den Fanprotesten beim fast abgebrochenen Ligaspiel der Bayern in Sinsheim blieb eine weitere Eskalation auf den Rängen aus.
3. März: DFB-Pokal: 1. FC Saarbrücken schafft Sensation
Der 1. FC Saarbrücken ist als erster Viertligist in der Geschichte des DFB-Pokals ins Halbfinale eingezogen. Der Regionalligist bezwang den Fußball-Bundesligisten Fortuna Düsseldorf am Abend im Viertelfinale mit 7:6 (1:1, 1:1, 1:0) im Elfmeterschießen. Tobias Jänicke hatte die Gastgeber in der 31. Minute in Völklingen in Führung gebracht. Zanka glich für die Gäste erst in der 90. Minute aus und rettete die Fortuna so in die Verlängerung, die torlos blieb. Der FCS erreichte erstmals seit 1985 wieder die Vorschlussrunde im Cup-Wettbewerb.
3. März: Nations League: Gegner des DFB-Teams stehen fest
Die deutsche Fußball-Nationalmannschaft trifft bei der nächsten Auflage der Nations League in der Gruppenphase im Herbst auf die Schweiz, Spanien und die Ukraine. Das ergab die Auslosung am Abend in Amsterdam.
3. März: Nübel muss sich gegen Bayern offenbar auf die Bank setzen
Schalke-Trainer David Wagner wirft Alexander Nübel für das Viertelfinale im DFB-Pokal gegen den FC Bayern offenbar aus der Startelf. Für Nübel soll Markus Schubert ins Team rücken, berichten die “Bild”-Zeitung und der Pay-TV-Sender “Sky” übereinstimmend. Nübel hatte sich in den beiden letzten Spielen gegen RB Leipzig (0:5) und den 1. FC Köln (0:3) einige Patzer geleistet. “Ich möchte die Thematik hier in der Pressekonferenz nicht anschneiden, weil ich heute vor dem Training mit beiden Torhütern sprechen werde”, hatte Schalke-Trainer David Wagner am Montagmittag angekündigt. Schon da hatte einiges auf einen Wechsel auf der Schalker Torwartposition hingedeutet. Nach der Pleite in Köln war Nübel von den mitgereisten Schalke-Fans mit “Nübel raus”-Rufen bedacht, nachdem er beim dritten Gegentor den Ball durch die Hände hatte gleiten lassen.
2. März: Auch in Hannover kommt es zu Protesten und einer Spielunterbrechung
Wegen beleidigender Sprechchöre und Fadenkreuzbannern ist das Zweitligaspiel von Hannover 96 gegen Holstein Kiel am Montag kurz unterbrochen worden. Als Zuschauer Hoffenheims Mäzen Dietmar Hopp lautstark beleidigten und zwei Banner mit Gesichtern im Fadenkreuz zeigten, unterbrach Schiedsrichter Sascha Stegemann die Partie in der 8. Minute kurz. Als die Banner wieder verschwanden, setzte er die Partie fort. Lautstarke Proteste und Unmutsbekundungen gegen den DFB waren im Hannoveraner Stadion ebenfalls zu hören.
2. März: FC Bayern gründet “Anti-Hass-Kommission”
Nach den Beleidigungen von Münchner Fans gegen Hoffenheim-Mäzen Dietmar Hopp hat der FC Bayern eine Kommission zur Aufarbeitung der Vorfälle gegründet. “Wir könne da nicht zur Tagesordnung übergehen nach den Vorkommnissen vom letzten Samstag”, sagte Vorstandschef Karl-Heinz Rummenigge am Montag bei “Bild live”. Bei einer Vorstandssitzung, an der auch Präsident und Aufsichtsratschef Herbert Hainer teilnahm, habe man die Gründung der Kommission beschlossen. Sollten nach Auswertung der Polizeiaufnahmen Täter identifiziert werden, “müssen die natürlich damit rechnen, dass sie nachhaltig von Bayern München bestraft werden”, sagte Rummenigge, äußerte sich aber nicht detailliert zu möglichen Konsequenzen.
Der Vorstandschef erneuerte seine Kritik an den “gewissen Chaoten”, bei denen man mit Reden offenbar nicht weiterkomme. “Ich bin ein Freund des Dialogs, aber der Dialog hat nicht dazu geführt, dass wir irgendeine Lösung haben, die von Ultras bisher akzeptiert worden ist. Ich habe immer den Eindruck, wir befinden uns in einer Einbahnstraße, in der die Clubs nur geben müssen und die Fans nur nehmen wollen, aber nicht bereit sind, ihr eigenes Verhalten in irgendeiner Art und Weise zu korrigieren und dementsprechend dem Fußball zu dienen”, sagte der 64-Jährige.
1. März: Schalke kündigt konsequentes Vorgehen gegen Diffamierungen an
Der FC Schalke 04 will in Zukunft konsequent auf diffamierende Plakate und Sprechchöre von Fans reagieren. “Sollten am kommenden Dienstag (3. März) im Pokalspiel gegen den FC Bayern München, beim Spiel gegen die TSG Hoffenheim (7. März) oder auch bei zukünftigen Spielen derartige Vorkommnisse in der Veltins-Arena sichtbar werden, wird unsere Mannschaft den Platz verlassen – ungeachtet der Spieldauer, des Resultats oder etwaiger Konsequenzen”, kündigte der Fußball-Bundesligist am Sonntag an.
Damit reagierte der Revierclub auf die Vorkommnisse am Samstag in Sinsheim. Beim dortigen Spiel zwischen Hoffenheim und München hatten Bayern-Fans den Milliardär Dietmar Hopp mit Spruchbändern schwer beleidigt. Die Partie war daraufhin zweimal von Schiedsrichter Christian Dingert unterbrochen worden. In den letzten 13 Minuten spielten die beiden Mannschaften nur noch symbolisch den Ball hin und her.
Die Schalker führen nach eigenen Angaben “Gespräche mit allen Fangruppierungen mit dem klaren Ziel und der Erwartung, dass sie solches Fehlverhalten nicht tolerieren, geschweige denn unterstützen.” Dabei beruft sich die Vereinsführung auf die Werte und das Leitbild des Vereins.
1. März: Unentschieden gegen Leverkusen: Meister-Dämpfer für Leipzig
RB Leipzig hat einen Rückschlag im Kampf um die Meisterschaft hinnehmen und Tabellenführer Bayern München ziehen lassen müssen. Das Team von Trainer Julian Nagelsmann kam am Sonntag gegen Bayer Leverkusen im Top-Spiel der Fußball-Bundesliga nur zu einem 1:1 (1:1). Nach zuletzt zwei Siegen gab RB wieder Punkte ab und liegt als Zweiter nun drei Zähler hinter den Bayern. Zudem hat Leipzig das deutlich schlechtere Torverhältnis.
Vor 41.216 Zuschauern schloss Leon Bailey (29.) einen Konter zur Leverkusener Führung ab. Fast postwendend glich Patrik Schick (32.) nach einem Standard mit seinem sechsten Saisontor aus. Immerhin verbuchte RB doch ein kleines Erfolgserlebnis: Vor dem Spiel wurde die Vertragsverlängerung mit dem aktuell verletzten US-Nationalspieler Tyler Adams bis 2025 bekanntgegeben.
Nagelsmann brachte erstmals seit einem Monat Emil Forsberg in der Startelf. Der für die Geistesblitze zuständige schwedische Nationalspieler durfte für den gelb-gesperrten Konrad Laimer ran und bot eine mäßige Vorstellung.
1. März: Neue Schmähplakate gegen Hopp: Partie Union-Wolfsburg unterbrochen
Aufsteiger Union Berlin hat einen weiteren Heimsieg in der Fußball-Bundesliga noch aus der Hand gegeben. Die Köpenicker mussten sich am Sonntag nach einer 2:0-Führung gegen den VfL Wolfsburg noch mit einem 2:2 (1:0) begnügen. Sebastian Andersson (41. Minute) und Marvin Friedrich (57.) erzielten die Treffer für die Gastgeber, die Tabellenzehnter bleiben. Für die Niedersachsen retteten Yannick Gerhardt (60.) und Wout Weghorst (81.) noch das Remis, durch das der VfL aber den Sprung auf Rang sechs verpasste.
Wegen erneuter Schmähplakate gegen den Hoffenheimer Mäzen Dietmar Hopp ist am Sonntag auch das Bundesliga-Spiel zwischen Union Berlin und dem VfL Wolfsburg unterbrochen worden. Auf dem Banner im Union-Fanblock war das Gesicht des 79 Jahre alten Hopp im Fadenkreuz zu sehen, zudem wurde der Unternehmer übel beleidigt. Schiedsrichter Bastian Dankert schickte beide Mannschaften in die Kabine, Union-Kapitän Christopher Trimmel ging vor den Block und redete mit dem Vorsänger der Fans.
“Bei einer weiteren Aktion dieser Art wird das Spiel abgebrochen”, sagte der Stadionsprecher. “Ihr gefährdet den Erfolg unseres Vereins. Es ist nichts zu gewinnen, auf diese Weise, ich bitte um euer Verständnis.”
Bereits wenige Minuten zuvor war ein anderes, den DFB angreifendes Banner bei den Köpenickern zu sehen gewesen und die Partie kurzzeitig unterbrochen. Dazu skandierten die Fans: “Ihr macht unseren Sport kaputt.” Das DFB-Sportgericht hatte zuletzt Anhänger von Borussia Dortmund für zwei Jahre von Auswärtsspielen bei den Hoffenheimern ausgeschlossen. Zuvor hatte der DFB Kollektivstrafen ausgesetzt.
Am Samstag war es bei mehreren Bundesliga-Spielen zu Anfeindungen gegen Hoffenheims Mäzen Hopp gekommen. Die Partie zwischen dem FC Bayern und der TSG 1899 Hoffenheim wurde zweimal unterbrochen, weil mehrere Fangruppen Hopp mit Plakaten und Rufen beleidigten. In den letzten 13 Minuten spielten die beiden Mannschaften nur noch symbolisch den Ball hin und her. Auch bei den Partien von Borussia Dortmund gegen den SC Freiburg und 1. FC Köln gegen den FC Schalke 04 gab es Proteste gegen Hopp und Spiel-Unterbrechungen.