Mr. Herzog, why are the derbies so explosive?
In a Derby, the theme of rivalry plays a big role, according to the slogan: who is stronger in our city or in the region? Who owns the city? Who is the best dog? This is precisely what makes this situation special for everyone and why the mood is so high.
Has this changed over time?
In the past, derbies were even more unique. This is also because over time, various competitions have been added, such as the Cup or the Champions and the Europa League. That is why derbies like Dortmund are playing Schalke more often today. Nevertheless, the violence also increases among the derbies. Increased violence leads to more and more riots. Also in the derby of Hanover against Braunschweig, for example, the hate is more and more fanned. The rivalry is not only felt by the fans, but also by the coaches.
Do trainers and teams help to make the mood turn into violence?
It depends a lot on the appearance of the media – how the derby is communicated by the teams. You can keep it tamed or, as is often the case, initially drop a spell. This is known, for example, from the duel between Bayern and Dortmund. Just before the match, Bayern President Uli Hoeneß always makes a statement. Suddenly, it is said that the Bavarians would be interested in a Dortmunder or that there would be more of Dortmund without the support of Bayern. This is similar for other teams. It is deliberately used the attention because you know that the fan is usually the twelfth man. Such things are strategically placed before a match to specifically increase the rivalry, importance and explosiveness of the game and to motivate fans.
But this probably distracts even more from the events on the ground.
On the one hand it is a game, on the other hand it is also a competition. Some people also talk about life or death. This can be compared to Darwin's principle, which survives the strongest. In a defeat, one can not even dare to walk the streets because of the increased attention.
Is the busy atmosphere at Derbys really transferred to the players?
In fact, it is beneficial that the tension is also transferred to the players, especially with regard to the ability to run. At least if it is positive energy. Of course, this can also have a negative impact. If you put too much pressure, you can have cramps. There are always two sides. The important thing is to control the energy.
The saying that football is decided in the head, is this correct?
Lost and lost is actually in the ears. This is the case of nearly 80% of the high-end. And there, it plays an important role, how I can direct my forces in a reasonable way, to call the best performances. Of course, a derby is even more difficult. That's why Derbys rarely plays the best football. As much as these games are often so tactical, because nobody wants to score a goal in advance. It often happens that such games run out very well or very clearly.
How can players prepare for it?
Players must absolutely feel like it. Everything is easier to do with pleasure and joy. It's mostly lost. Because often the focus is on other things, such as special tactics or enemy images fanned. But it's just that they are happy and can imagine what it will be like to win. Then you could be celebrated by 60,000 people in the stadium, simply called by the name of the team, and then presented on television as a hero. However, players must be aware of what their loss will be. What they have to bear for Häme and what is written about them at the time.
What role does the coach play?
Coaches have a very important role. It is of course advantageous that the relationship between the players and the coach is adapted. There are currently rumors between teams and coaches, like at BVB under Lucien Favre or Bayern under Niko Kovac. The coach is very important because of his way of communicating. He must choose the players individually and not motivate everyone in the same way, because each player is different in his personality. Thus, the coach has great power and great importance and has a very important impact on the game. With some teams, I currently have the feeling of winning despite the coach and not because of l & # 39; coach.
How is a favorite clearly in a derby?
The players of the favored team are particularly under pressure and figuratively, they must wear a thick backpack, while their opponents are figuratively without a backpack. This helps them to cope more easily with this. But some also need pressure, especially if they are more dominant human types. Whether it is a Lewandowski or a boat at this time, both of them love such games and are delivered accordingly and often of better quality. They live for such games.
Is there a benefit at home in such games? Or does it increase the pressure on the players when they start at home?
It's exciting because both can happen. It may be that players feel pressured again because they want to play well in front of their own fans. On the other hand, they actually have the twelfth man, so normally, this should be more likely. Again, the coach is needed, which should clearly make players understand: "The supporters are there for you, they support you, they will do everything for you, they will shout the ball into the goal."
Can we free ourselves from the pressure situation?
The important thing is that you communicate with each other. With many teams, including in the football league, we can see that not enough is said. But communication is extremely important in the field. The idea is to cheer yourself up, to push yourself and to be able to quickly spot errors. Of course, we must also be oriented towards solutions. You must also make it clear to players that they should do their best. Because what is good is that if we do our best, we never have to blame ourselves, even if we lose the end smoothly. We know then: the day was no longer there.
FC Union and Hertha BSC have never met in the Bundesliga. What could change for both clubs now?
A new chapter is written, these are blank pages describing the players. This is of course exciting for Berlin because there have not been any real derbies. Due to lack of experience, the games can not yet be evaluated. This is an additional element of surprise that can lead to a tightening of the situation. Experience in this area would certainly be an advantage. This is similar to a cup game, these are special moments that have their own rules of the game. It is all the more important to be clearly focused and always alert.
What is the importance of a win or a defeat for the future of a team?
In the end, it depends on how you sell it after the match. In this sense, it is still marketing in psychology. The winner carries such a moment in the future, always emphasizing "we won, we are the best here, now we can do the season as well". A win in an emotionally charged game is a power amplifier, a myth that must be kept alive. If, on the contrary, the team loses, it is important to mitigate the importance of the game by appropriate statements. Common expressions are "it was a game like any other" or "it was not so important". The interpretation contributes a lot to the management of the game. With the fan and the player. A lost game affects self-confidence. The big challenge is to get rid of all this by losing. Skillful narration allows you to focus on the next match in an unbiased and focused way.
How can a Derby affect Berlin?
An emotionally charged derby can contribute to the transformation of the city. Football settles in the center of the capital and creates an identity. It turns out that even the little ones can achieve something with passion and emotion. Even without a financier who invests a lot in the club. The fact that two teams of different histories and traditions meet at the Derby reinforces the importance of the city. Both clubs make visible the soul of Berlin once divided.
Do the Berlin derbies show a divided city or do they integrate them?
Again, it depends a lot on the reaction of the media. If an important subject is communicated between East and West, the derby's message is deliberately directed in an opposite direction. Then, a lot of things revolve around the motto: "You are Wessis, but you are Ossis". Unfortunately, it is noticed even after 30 years, in Berlin, but also in all Germany. At the same time, it is safe to say, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, that a derby of this type would not have been possible in the past. It's a perspective that emphasizes unity despite rivalry and is a victory for Berlin. I hope the derby will help connect even more east and west.
Interview: Caroline de Molitor.