Another world champion disembarks. Toalso explains his resignation from competitive sports suddenly says goodbye to the company: , Höwedes turned 32 in February.
Even the long-time Schalke no longer sees any point in continuing his career. The time in the national team was long over anyway, real sporting challenges no longer in sight. Schürrle and Höwedes reached the peak of their careers six years ago, world champion in 2014, after that it can basically only go down. Most recently, after years of unsuccessful footballing, both had arrived at a career bend. You have decided which way to take.
When national player Marcell Jansen ended his career at the age of less than 30 on a similar passage in his career, Rudi Völler called on himVöller is a different generation of footballers, he was world champion at the age of 30. He couldn't understand that someone would stop at that age.
Today's generation, however, no longer necessarily continues as long as its meniscus is still participating. Instead, everything has been achieved, financial support is provided anyway. Why this daily training, this drudgery, why the hamster wheel, in order to end up on the spare bench more and more often? Life offers so much more, and it is affordable to get as much of it as possible in every respect.
In Formula 1, Nico Rosberg became world champion at the age of 27. A few days later. What should come next? There are , 35, who can't get enough of winning, , 35, is one of them, but both are still able to participate at the top even in older age. Schürrle and Höwedes, that much honesty should be allowed, could no longer do that.
What is interesting, however, is the similarity of the narrative with which both Schürrle and Höwedes justify their departure. Both lead to the field, how much football, how much the industry has changed to the disadvantage. The fun is lost, selfishness rules. Commerce, commerce, commerce, nothing else. The industry no longer has a heart.
It's like in traffic when you complain that you've been stuck in traffic for hours
The industry. In fact, top football has an image problem, the officials have it, the top clubs. The media, including SPIEGEL,, also with their tonality to describe football as hydra. If his supposed outgrowths are set somewhere, he simply grows a new head and continues as before. And usually puts a shovel on it. Football, a thirst for greed, only strives to bring its business model over time.
The professionals have long since noticed this, and it gives them a good opportunity to explain why they are turning their backs on football. Arguing one's early retirement by saying that football has developed so negatively can now hope for an understanding public. The story of ugly football, it has now become a success story. On which everyone takes notes, even those who are directly involved in it. By Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at the top, who accuses the alleged consultant mischief and the commitmentcriticized, down to the fan organization there is currently a unanimous tone to distance yourself from "the industry".
But who is she, this industry? It's like on the road when you complain that you've been stuck in traffic for hours – and even contribute to the traffic jam with your car. You are the traffic jam yourself. You are the industry yourself. Rummenigge is the industry, the fan organization "Our Curve" is, and so is the 2014 World Cup final when Schürrle and Höwedes blissfully held the trophy in the sky of Rio de Janeiro.
The industry brings wonderful moments to those involved, just as sad and painful moments, moments when you love them, when you hate them. It drops people, but sometimes grants the same people everything they dreamed of life beforehand. The end of his career in 2020 and the World Cup triumph in 2014, front and back of a medal. Of course, professionals can name the disadvantages of business football, but they shouldn't forget the advantages they had in this business.
Whoever participates in top football is the industry. Also André Schürrle and Benedikt Höwedes.