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Sports : Interview with Marco Bode: "I find the hypocrisy questionable"

Marco Bode (31) started his football career at VfL Osterode. In 1988 he landed at Werder Bremen, stayed there and has since played 26 international matches for Germany. In Bremen it has been respectfully referred to as the "Mini-Gullit from the Weser". Bode had already received an offer from Hertha BSC. The footballer, who is considered very down-to-earth, refused to move to Berlin at the time. Today he competes with SV Werder in the Herthan team to battle for Bundesliga points.

Mr. Bode, if the Canadian city of Vancouver had a good football club that would make you an offer, could you stand firm?

I know what you're getting at. You read on my homepage how excited I was about my vacation in Vancouver. Maybe I would have gotten weak at Vancouver. Seriously, it's a wonderful city, but I've only been there once and only for a week.

If you had accepted Hertha BSC's offer back then, you would be at the top of the Bundesliga table today. Have you regretted your step? No, I am not someone who indulges in decisions once made and then, when it is too late, thinks: "What would have happened if ...?" By the way: Who says that Hertha would also be at the top of the table with me? (laughs)

What spoke at the time for Bremen and what against Berlin?

Bremen is a wonderful city. The biggest difference to Berlin is certainly the clarity. It's not as if I don't like big cities at all, and I know that in some parts of the city Berlin still has a very immediate character. However, many smaller aspects came together that ultimately spoke for Bremen. In the end, it was a gut decision.

"In terms of sport, the Bundesliga is the same everywhere," you said at the time, "I don't see any reason to change." But Hertha BSC and Werder don't seem that same at the moment ...

Of course there are differences in the quality of a team or in the situation that two teams can find themselves in. What I meant at the time was that after eleven years in the Bundesliga there are no longer any great secrets for a player. You keep playing in the same stadiums, meeting the same people over and over again. If there was a change, then a new country and a whole new league would certainly be more attractive.

Your heart depends on Bremen and that of the people of Bremen on you. Have you shied away from a change so far because this love doesn't have to bloom everywhere?

If I wanted to give up all of this, I would surely have to cross a certain threshold. Because in principle it is of course very nice when you are accepted as I am here in Bremen. I take that as confirmation that I've been playing for Werder for more than ten years, but the people still haven't got over me. That is not necessarily the rule in the Bundesliga. On the contrary: people often want to see new players over and over again.

There are also many little things that make you distinguishable from other professionals, such as your homepage, on which you play chess against fans or on which the wife of your former colleague Rune Bratseth tells you that she is visiting you at the moment. Was your socialization completely different from that of most of your colleagues?

No, I'm not that different from other footballers. At most, I am different from the image that is usually drawn in public by the "normal" football professional. I could name enough colleagues who are no different from me: Christian Brand or Jens Todt or Dieter Frey ...

that's just three, and I can't think of much more than that. Why do you always defend yourself against the image of being a different kind of professional?

The fact that I am also enthusiastic about other things does not mean that I take my job any less seriously. Football is my priority, and doing other things also helps to relieve pressure.

How great the pressure must be in professional football is shown by Zinedine Zidane's assault at the Turin match against HSV or the Daum case. Are you feeling more pressure today than at the beginning of your career?

I think so. But I try not to let that get to me. Because in addition to the pressure that is built up by the media, you also put yourself under pressure because you want to confirm your achievements week after week and also seek recognition from people.

If you look at the front pages of the gazettes, football actually seems to be the most important thing in the world. How do you set things right for yourself personally?

This is not so easy. Of course, I basically know that the political crisis in the Middle East or an environmental disaster is more important than winning or losing a football match. And yet after a defeat there is a risk that the whole attitude to life will be shaped by this defeat for days to come. Not being carried away by it is not that easy.

To what extent does this whole drug story about Christoph Daum influence you personally, which has put football Germany in a state of uproar?

It doesn't bother me personally, but I do notice that the media squeezes the story down to the last detail. If Daum has taken drugs, he is of course responsible for the consequences himself. But you should also think about the fact that you have tacitly tolerated the rumors of his possible drug comedy as long as Daum worked well as a trainer. The hypocrisy that is practiced here is at least questionable.

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