Administrative stuff, slip management, that is not necessarily what Jürgen Klinsmann is associated with – the reorganization in German football has recently been linked to terms such as lean management and benchmarking. But now the octopus bureaucracy has apparently also reached the coach of Hertha BSC. Before the Bundesliga second leg against Bayern on Sunday, the German Football League complained that Klinsmann had not yet submitted a valid coaching license. Klinsmann argues that the necessary documents are still on the desk in California at home – due to his hasty involvement in Berlin, he has not yet had the opportunity to submit the papers. That should be solved.
"What written do you ask Pedant?" Faust says, even Mephisto couldn't do without papers. So does football. Contracts, documents, a lot about professional business. Sometimes, however, the papers themselves become famous and have their own lives. Who would know that better than Klinsmann, whose story of the 2006 summer fairy tale was ultimately based on a piece of paper. The scribbled instructions for the penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals, which Jens Lehmann put in the shin pads at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, are in the football museum today.
Sometimes they prevent transfers like in the case of the professional Eric-Maxime Choupo-Moting, whose change failed due to a late fax, sometimes they decide games when they are thrown into the field like balls in the Hamburg Volkspark Stadium. In the photo gallery you will find a small selection – if papers make football history: