He always wore his heart on his sleeve. Mario Bassler has always spoken his mind – and clearly! Now the Bayern legend criticized German football in his podcast “Basler Ballert”. “For me, German football is completely grounded! Whether it is the U21, the DFB Women and the DFB Men, German football has to change completely,” said Mario Basler. The former footballer adds: “If we don’t do anything, you can’t control anything in German football. No need to be surprised, really.”
Recently, the women’s national team had to accept preliminary round exits from the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. But Basler’s early exit was nothing more than a surprise: “To be honest, I didn’t have any big expectations from this team. When I think back to the last pre-season game (against Zambia) that we lost and then I see how some games went…”
For the first time in the tournament’s 32-year history, the German women’s national team was eliminated in the preliminary round. This made the crisis in the DFB perfect. Because Hansi Flick’s team was out early in the World Cup held in Qatar. For the U21 national team, the final stop at the European Championships was in the preliminary round. The DFB’s goals are a far cry from any reality at the moment.
The ex-footballer said indignantly: “Everyone is grumbling, be it the national team, be it the women’s, we want to be world champions. No guys, first try to play good football again. If you slight attack, they all get angry immediately, and are not open to criticism. Just say no, we were bad, we weren’t good enough. Then always finding excuses and analyzing them. We sit We analyze everything, we turn everything upside down.
Basler criticized the appalling conditions of German football. The ex-Bayern star would like a more street footballer mentality. “Try with all your might and all your might to teach science to the players. Will they have to eat banana at 6.11 am and be allowed to drink black tea at 6.12 am? Don’t put them in a box, in a plan. Stop analyzing, let people play football. But no, we always have to take blood from our scientists and then shake it twice.”
Basler also has a clear opinion on the so-called stress control: “Stress control, when I hear this word, I get ringworm on my feet and nails. Don’t be angry with me, but now it seems stupid and maybe it’s too much, but maybe let him smoke cigarettes and drink beer in the evening before bedtime.”