reFormer football professionals Christoph Metzelder and Thomas Broich are the new TV experts on ARD. Both should be used in turn in live broadcasts and analyze the events occurring on the court and organize them, said ARD Wednesday. The duo will also analyze the European Championship games next year. ARD sports coordinator Axel Balkausky called the two "friendly, intelligent and entertaining football experts".
Metzelder worked until last season for the pay TV channel Sky. At ARD, ex-international and Broich now succeed Thomas Hitzlsperger. He had to quit his job as a TV expert because he has been working at VfB Stuttgart since February as a sports director.
An appearance in the first Metzelder had already occurred in April. During the live broadcast of the Ruhr derby between Dortmund and Schalke, he had previously worked for Sky under contract as co-commentator of ARD commentator Steffen Simon. Broich was already Monday as an expert in the DFB Cup match between Energie Cottbus and Bayern Munich as part of the ARD mission. "This new job is very much related to my involvement in TuS Haltern am See and the football teacher training course I am following," Metzelder said. The 38-year-old former center-back will take part in the draw for the second round of the DFB Cup Sunday.
About 20 years after Anne Will's debut as a presenter of the "Sportschau", there is the first time for the new season of the Bundesliga a woman as commentator of the televised classic: Stephanie Baczyk belongs from Saturday to 17 men to the ARD team, the is responsible for commenting on the match reports. "Finding someone has been difficult," said Axel Balkausky, ARD Sports Coordinator. The first was looking for a football commentator for some time while ZDF with Claudia Neumann is a Premier League woman for several years.
But Neumann is also an example of how women in football are not so easy. A year ago, when she was the first woman on German television to comment on men's World Cup games, hatred and criticism surfaced on the Internet. the ZDF has partially canceled the comment feature on its channels such as Facebook and Twitter, and sports director Thomas Fuhrmann said: "It's obviously something fundamental that has touched: a woman comments on a match of the Men's World Cup Some of them go crazy in the net, that 's the bottom drawer.
The search for commentators did not facilitate the task, said the man of ARD Balkausky. And his ZDF colleague Fuhrmann said, "I think it deterred women." The second would like to use more women at the microphone in football matches. "I would like to promote this," said Fuhrmann. All football commentators must be able to count and face strong criticism. According to Fuhrmann's assessment, women should be "particularly robust" in this regard. This should also apply to Baczyk, who has already commented on the "sports show" already in the third division and in the DFB Cup.
Baczyk does not want to talk about it. "To be honest, I do not worry about knowing whether it's men or women," said the 32-year-old German news agency during of the announcement of his new job four weeks ago. "It should be a performance issue." Behind the microphone, women in football television are still the exception, moderation in front of the camera has long been the norm. After Anne Will, Monica Lierhaus followed in the "Sportschau". For two years, Jessy Wellmer is a regular on Saturday afternoon. Dunja Hayali and Katrin Müller-Hohenstein are part of the moderation quartet of "Aktuelle Sportstudio" of the ZDF.
Sky has been working for several years for Esther Sedlaczek and Jessica Libbertz (née Kastrop), who are in front of the camera in the Bundesliga. However, the pay TV channel also had a football commentator with Christina Graf. In 2013, Graf was the first woman on German television to comment live on Jahn Regensburg's match against Hertha BSC in the second Bundesliga. The rise in the first league did not succeed the journalist. In 2018, she left the station.