eEverything was done. The Berlin Maritim Hall has booked, prepared the speech, completed the staff planning. Christian Seifert should have looked forward to this week. She had to bring the long – time managing director of the German Football League (DFL) to the finish: number one in German professional football with almost unlimited possibilities. It is said that he wants to open professional clubs with caution to investors who promote international marketing, possibly forcing the separation of the Bundesliga and the second division. In shape for the future, profile the brand, increase sales. The DFL General Assembly in 2019 should pave the way.
When he ended his speech on Wednesday afternoon about the future opportunities and dangers of the Bundesliga with applause, he knew however that the following votes would unfold differently than expected: The election of the Bureau was spread in such a way decisive of the scenario. Instead of realizing his ideas without resistance, Seifert will be critically examined over the next three years.
Unlike the League's 19-year history, the 36 clubs' representatives no longer have to vote for the new leaders of German club football. It was only second row occupancy. Skills have evolved since the last structural reform, which no longer knows a president, but has elevated the director general to the rank of spokesman of the presidium. The employee now chairs his colleagues on the executive committee, who control him as general manager and also negotiate his contract. A curious construction. "It's an absolute madness," says a club representative in conversation with WELT, "but too many clubs do not understand or care about that."
The new structure offers its holder many possibilities. Seifert has been a powerful man at the LDF for 14 years. But now he is sitting at the front of the controllers. A position he has developed with political calculation, success and strategic skill. The one-man show took on more marked contours until the day before the rally. As Seifert has been clarified that others want to play.
The elections were the completion of what had been controversial the day before at many conferences. Tuesday was the last sprint for strategists and strippers like Axel Hellmann of Eintracht Frankfurt or Andreas Rettig of FC St. Pauli and of course Seifert himself, who had already worked hard to influence decisions.
For Seifert, this Tuesday ended with a surprising fall in lobbying – the candidates his candidates, Klaus Filbry (Bremen) and Bernd Hoffmann (HSV), failed in their fight. Seifert now faces critical ghosts like Alexander Wehrle (Cologne), Rüdiger Fritsch (Darmstadt) or Oke Göttlich (St. Pauli). If this constellation for the conduct of Seifert in the future of the German football stop sign sign or speed limitation means will show.
Any other outcome of the votes would have left him freehand anyway. His colleague Ansgar Schwenken, a DFL employee as director of football affairs, has two votes in the nine-member presidency. With Peter Peters von Schalke 04, he knows another confidant on the board. Seifert is two-way from the 5: 4 majority. The Seifert formula: two out of six. He has to convince a third of the others to reach the goal.
He made his way to the top with small steps. In 2005, at the entrance of Seifert, the league association still had three general managers. In 2013, there were only two people left: Seifert and Rettig, who left after June 30, 2015, with one remaining. A reduction that goes back to Peters. Schalke's CEO is Seifert's closest confidant and was elected first MP on Wednesday. That he is the only candidate to accept two abstentions despite the collusion of the day before, this is not surprising. The 57-year-old has barely a lobby in the league.
Peters originally wanted to follow President Reinhard Rauball. He was one of the first to inform the president of the BVB, universally esteemed, of his resignation. The appointed successor was then invited to attend specially created regional conferences to position himself for the desired position. He has invested a lot of time, traveled to Germany and drummed. He hardly found any encouragement.
"No one wanted it, and Peters failed all the rules of the art," said a club representative. Several colleagues say Peters lacks the format, charisma and diplomacy to lead the association. Lately, his clumsy attempt to abolish the rule that a club can not be represented at the LDF with two representatives on the supervisory board and the board failed. June 18, FC St. Pauli at the General Assembly against. 29 of the 35 members present were in agreement with the Hamburgers, only three followed Peters.
The fact that he is now elected by the clubs despite the lack of appreciation of the first Seifert representative is due to the inability to agree on a common counter-candidate. Since the spring, professional clubs meet again and again to form the best player. The largest business club at Frankfurt Airport. Twice the group "Marktwert", consisting of eight traditional clubs, has met other clubs. They did not find anything. After a few refusals, they even tried to convince Hans-Joachim Watzke.
The CEO of BVB does not wish to comment on the process. Members of the "market value group", however, confirm the recruitment attempt. Watzke had essentially expressed his interest in the position at a meeting, but had finally been rejected. No, it is said, was done out of respect for Rauball. He had to promise his Dortmund president not to run against his friend Peter de Schalke – a big gift from Dortmund to Schalke. Peters was then invited to the Airport Club to dissuade him from running for the Seifert representative position. In vain.
"For three years, we talked about unity and great solidarity, and then it's the opposition again, but it's normal for every club to ask," Where am I going to be at the end? "It's a normal process," Seifert commented at Wednesday's conspiracy meetings. Bayern club manager Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was clearer: "In fact, I only know this body with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, and some clubs have been" on my nerves ", said Rummenigge: "These clubs should return quickly to the circle of".
Seifert also called for the merger. Alliances must be formed. Also and especially with the DFB, which now has a new president with Fritz Keller. Friborg was chosen by the 36 professional clubs, regional and national associations without opposition. But the appearance of election results and public protests by representatives of associations and clubs is misleading.
In fact, German football is divided. About the management staff, upcoming reforms, structure and many other topics, the content of which may be slightly exaggerated. A big question can be reduced: Business or Ballromantik? For some, the search for the answer is an essentially economic consideration. Not for others. Seifert will have to take care of it. Members of his new Presidium will remind him more often than he wants.