The former national player Benedikt Höwedes has criticised the introduction of more international competitions and the various TV Broadcasts sharp. “It is just too much. I have the feeling that at the moment, the soul of football is being sold,” said the 30-Year-old “Westphalian Gazette” in an Interview. Höwedes, who played until the summer of 2017 for the FC Schalke 04, returns on Tuesday (18.55 PM in the F. A. Z.-liveticker zur Champions League and Sky) in the Champions League with Lokomotiv Moscow to Gelsenkirchen.

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in view of different transmission times and TV channels for European competitions, the world champion of 2014, said: “It is also likely to be increasingly difficult for the football Fan, to show the greatest interest, if now, for example, with the Europa League 2 yet another competition. Even from us players, some do not know Yes, on which channel, you can now individual games of the Champions League on the television to see. Somehow the joy of football is lost a bit.“

criticism of the Fans, he could understand. “Ultimately it comes down to the Fans. Professional football is so Special, because we play almost always in sold-out stadiums,“ said Höwedes. “So why are those scare, make a normal game to a special? I see no reason to be.“ After 577 days, Benedikt Höwedes returns on Tuesday in his “living room” –with mixed feelings. “On the one hand, I am looking forward to coming home,” he said to the “kicker”: “But it will never be normal for me to play against Schalke. The Association, for the I I am 16 years and a Fan still.“

Already in the first leg had blue when long-time captain of the king, of the 13. May 2017 his 335. and last match for the Gelsenkirchen club in derVeltinsArena denied, the feelings are crazy. “Very, very strange”, it had found the 30-Year-old, to come after the 0:1 in the Schalke cabin, and his old colleagues cheering to see, because you had won against him. Also this time, Höwedes want to drop his “old boys” after the final whistle “around the neck”. Because: “This is not a fun event.” For Schalke, the Bundesliga’s rank 13 downed runner-up, is it sporty, nothing more –second place in group D and thus the second round in the Premier class are safe. Moscow fights against the participation in the knockout round of the Europa League.

The joy of the reunion are, however, not when it comes to Schalke’s sporting management. To not want to coach Domenico Tedescound sports Director Christian Heidel comment on Höwedes to the public and “the theme again, warming-up”. However, the forced goodbye still hurts. For Tedesco, the 44-times capped player was not good enough. First he took him for a short time after his arrival in 2017, the captain’s armband and outraged the Fans, as he nachrief him when there is a change to Juventus: “allow things to happen naturally.”

The bitter disappointment Höwedes countered: “travelers can stop, if you want to.” When he returned after a year in Italy with numerous injuries and only three Games had Tedesco no more use for him. He moved to five million to Lokomotiv Moscow, where he met head of sports, Erik Stoffel house, and winger Jefferson Farfan two former Schalke. That Royal blue is overthrown after the surprising runner-up last season, deep into the crisis, not fulfilled him with satisfaction – on the contrary, He wishes his former colleagues that “you can find back on track”. This appears after the 1:2 at 175. Revier Derby against Borussia Dortmund harder than ever –especially since almost the entire storm goes down injured. Tedesco wants to try, therefore, “something New”. Because Steven Skrzybski (hematoma in the chest area) is not yet available, took the Coach of U-19 attacker Ahmed Kutucu.