In addition to the German national team of disorder recently having their most embarrassing calendar year since the year 2000, the country’s club team has gone through a disappointing season with the result that no Bundesliga teams are in the Champions League quarter-finals, which is even the first time since 2005-2006. Among several defeats, even Bayern Munich was outdone by Liverpool, in what clearly stands as a transitional season for Bayern Munich, and then they are still heading for yet another national victory in the Bundesliga.
The question is how it has come here, and when it is just a few years ago that German football was top in European context and partly when German football still produces high-tech players?
To some extent, there may be a combination of coincidences and a number of individual factors, such as the form and style of the players who come through at that level. This is a style of play that many criticize as heavy, slow and without innovation. Even the best youth coaching will in the same way give young players the best technical base, but will not only be able to produce a stream of world-class stars on this basis.
Sources close to German academies claim that from the age of 15 to 19, right now, only a handful of players are expected to become real elite players. It’s a huge change from 10 years ago, and can reflect an inability to change coaching style.
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Some youth representatives believe that children are now being overcoached, with too much focus on possession and too much time in academies. It is too hermetically sealed. There are fewer players with the added edge or innovation that can counteract the heavy playing style. Still, the current generation of youth players is hoping to revive Joachim Low’s national team. Players like Julian Draxler, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Julian Brandt are trained both tactical and technical, but probably also a little one-dimensional, which may prove to be a problem.
German coaches have been concerned that they no longer see the “fast, versatile and decisive players”. It is one reason why Bundesliga clubs are so interested in the attack talents such as Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi, which Britain currently produces in abundance.
A heavy and slow game style among the players has also corresponded to a perception of a slow and heavy game in the Bundesliga itself, which has lost some of the electrical and innovative game vibrations that the league was famous a few years back.
It will turn out that German football can regain its foothold, including German coaching and academies despite criticism of lack of edge and innovation, can produce the world-class stars that German football needs. This will be especially interesting not only for the Bundesliga, but also towards the EM 2020 .