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How divided was our World Cup team? | Our national players
called themselves "Kanaken"

The whole world saw that we didn't have a real team at the World Cup! But: "The team" was probably much more divided than previously known. DFB President Reinhard Grindel (56) announced in BILD that he would speak to the team council.

The “Spiegel” reports on incidents before and during the World Cup in Russia with the title: “Kanaken” and “Potatoes” - the little groups in the national team.

Background: There were two large, opposing cliques. The "foreigners" with Jérôme Boateng (29), Mesut Özil (29) and Ilkay Gündogan (27). They are said to have called themselves "Kanaken".

On the other hand, the “typical Germans” and others. with Thomas Müller (28) and Mats Hummels (29). For fun, the other side would call them “potatoes”.

► “Potatoes” is a nickname for Germans among many Turks.

► "Kanake" a German swear word for foreigners.

What is the truth of this "Kanaken & Potatoes" split in the national team?

According to BILD research, at least the self-designation "Kanake" was circulating in the German World Cup camp. According to "Spiegel", Müller made fun of it, imitating the rap fans with their gestures and sayings: "Yo, man!"

Is it about racism within the team?

Probably not. There are differences in lifestyle. One side (also known as “bling-bling”) likes to listen to rap, loves gold chains and fast cars. As many of them as possible ...

The other prefers a less booming life. Like Müller, who takes care of his wife and dressage rider Lisa's horses in his free time.

Sami Khedira (31) e.g. B. is said to have turned more towards the "German" side in recent years. Julian Draxler (24) commute between the two factions.

About the nomination of Jogi Löw (58) there were disappointments on both sides: "Bling-Bling" was angry about the removal of Leroy Sané (22). The others about the end of Sandro Wagner (30) ...

What does the team leader say?

She sees this as a general social problem. Around 30 percent of young people with a migration background play in the clubs' junior teams.

DFB manager Oliver Bierhoff (50) on BILD request: “We know that we will have to devote ourselves intensively to this topic in the future. In any case, we will do everything we can to become a real team again. "

How does the DFB boss react?


BILD asked Grindel: Did you know that national players should call each other “Potatoes” and “Kanaken”?

Grindel: "No!"

How does this fit in with the integration efforts of the DFB?

Grindel: "Anyway, I plan to have a conversation with the team council before the international match against France (September 6th; note d. R.). I will address the matter mentioned in the question. "

Has national coach Löw reported to you about a group formation in the national team?

Grindel: "No!"

What is the policy saying?


Lower Saxony Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (58, SPD): “National players who refer to each other in that way set a bad example for the many young people on German sports fields and the fans in the stadiums. Even if it was meant to be joking, such expressions should never be used. I expect the DFB to deal with the incidents and to do something about the apparently existing group formation in the team. It cannot be that something like this is taken for normal. "

Cem Özdemir (52, Alliance 90 / The Greens): “None of us know what's going on in the cabin. The same applies to our national team as to everyone else: The decisive factor is not where you come from, but where you want to go and what you do on the pitch. And it is the same with our society. We have the appropriate set of rules for this. It is called the Basic Law with all its freedoms and obligations. "

Stephan Mayer (44, CSU), State Secretary in the Ministry of the Interior: "The national players certainly do not have to be personal friends, but such small groups are certainly not conducive to mutual success."

Doris Schröder-Köpf (55, SPD), Member of Parliament in Lower Saxony and Commissioner for Migration: “If these reports are correct, it shows that there is some form of self-delimitation taking place there and less community and integration than we have been told. That would be sad because the national team should be a role model for integration. "

BILD says: The World Cup analysis announced by Löw for Wednesday also includes the obviously deep division of the team.

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