Aussagen von den französischen Tennisprofis Benoit Paire („Ich habe in der ersten Runde verloren, das ist besser. Ich kann schnell aus der Blase raus und ein paar freie Tage vor Miami genießen.“) und Jo-Wilfried Tsonga („Wir können nicht in Restaurants gehen, um zu entspannen. Wir sind nicht motiviert, es macht keinen Spaß.“) zeichnen ein erschütterndes und inakzeptables Bild über die Einstellung der Tennis-Profis zu ihrem Sport ab.
Es sollte der ATP-Tour sehr zu denken geben, dass privilegierte Sportler schamlos derartige Sätze von sich geben. Die Blase, in der sich die Sportler seit Corona bewegen, hat scheinbar auch vor allem Auswirkung auf die Gehirnleistung der Profis. Nichts ist es mehr, nach jedem Turnier für etwas Tennissport einen dicken Scheck zu erhalten. Keine Zuschauer mehr, deren verrückte Anbetung den Narzissten in einem selbst noch größer werden ließ. Das Dolce Vita rund um den Tennisplatz herum ist passé und schon verlieren die Profis die Lust an ihrem Sport. Die Konten sind prallgefüllt, also warum sollte man sich die Qualen noch antun, wenn das Geld sowieso nicht mehr aus dem Fenster geschmissen werden kann. Für Spieler wie Paire und Tsonga scheint es kein Verständnis mehr für ihre Vorbildfunktion gegenüber Fans zu geben. Das Erschreckende ist, wie schamlos sie Zündstoff in die Welt streuen: Auf die Frage bei einem ATP-Turnier in Auckland, Neuseeland, was er hier am meisten genieße, antwortete Paire, „die Frauen“ – natürlich kann das auch gut und gerne als humorvolle Antwort verstanden werden, doch Respekt gegenüber Veranstalter, Helfern und Menschen zu zollen, die solche Turniere ermöglichen, wäre da eher angebracht. Manchmal wünscht man sich, dass die ATP härter durchgreifen würde, damit Spieler wie Benoit Paire nicht mehr solch einen Schmarrn in die Köpfe der Leute streuen würden.
Das Aus von Peter Bosz bei Bayer 04 Leverkusen ist ein weiteres unromantisches Beispiel dafür, wie das Fußballgeschäft funktioniert und wie sich Sportdirektor und Geschäftsführer im Profifußball selbst schützen.
Der Trainer ist das schwächste Glied und bevor Rudi Völler (Geschäftsführer) und Simon Rolfes (Sportdirektor) Gefahr laufen, selbst kritisiert zu werden, wird es sich leicht gemacht und der Trainer gefeuert. Für alle Fußball-Romantiker ist es sehr schade, wie es mit Bosz und Leverkusen zu Ende geht: So wurde Bosz Ende Dezember im aktuellen Sportstudio des ZDF noch hochgejubelt, um anschließend von der Mannschaft nur noch hängen gelassen zu werden.
Verletzungspech und schlechte wintertransfers der anfang vom ende
Bosz hat viel aus der Leverkusener Mannschaft herausgeholt, doch hatte man zunehmend das Gefühl, dass den Spielern nach dem Höhenflug im Frühwinter von Spiel zu Spiel mehr die Luft ausging. Ein Spieler nach dem anderen fiel verletzt aus und so hatte Bosz vor jedem Spiel eine fast unlösbare Aufgabe vor sich. Auch die Neuzugänge Frimpong und Gray bringen Leverkusen nicht wirklich weiter, auch weil sie sich vom Spielertyp zu sehr Diaby, Bailey und Co. (schnell aber zweikampfschwach) ähneln. Zudem sind sie taktisch schlecht geschult. Der Leerraum im Mittelfeld beim Hertha-Spiel war beängstigend und amateurhaft.
VOlland und Havertz wurden nie adäquat ersetzt
Patrik Schick enttäuscht als Königstransfer auf ganzer Linie und ist alles andere als ein Torjäger, den Leverkusen dringend benötigt. Volland und Havertz konnten nie ersetzt werden. Dass sich Völler und Rolfes auf die Schulter klopften mit Wirtz einen „1zu1-Ersatz“ für Havertz gefunden zu haben, ist lächerlich. Einem 17-Jährigen solch eine Bürde aufzutragen ist realitätsfremd und gefährlich für Wirtz. Auch eine Nominierung für die A-Nationalmannschaft halte ich für verfrüht. Gegen Hertha BSC Berlin hat man es Wirtz angesehen, dass er mit dem Kopf schon bei der DFB-Elf ist – zum Leidwesen von Bosz.
PETER BOSZ HIELT BIS ZUM ENDE AN SEINER PHILOSOPHIE FEST
Bosz hatte eine extrem schwierige Aufgabe im Frühjahr – doch vielleicht hätte er durchgreifen müssen, um seinen Job zu retten:
– Aranguiz für seine schlechten Leistungen als Kapitän absetzen und auf die Tribüne setzen.
– die Spielphilosophie endlich überdenken und in Krisenzeiten auf das Kerngeschäft, Ergebnisfußball setzen.
Leider trifft es mit Bosz einen der aussterbenden Sorte: Einen echten Fußballromantiker, der bis zum Ende an seine Philosophie glaubt und Opfer der unumkehrbaren Mechanismen geworden ist.
For many tennis-conscious people Tomas Berdych is only known as best player who didn’t win a grand slam but besides this fact Berdych was over the years maybe the most solid player on tour who shined as gentleman with smart attitude, nice behaviour and as a husband who introduced with his wife Ester Satorova a lot of gloss in the tennis-circuit. Now he retires after competing strong for 17 years in the tour business.
By latest in 2005 at the Paris Masters with Berdych appeared as new star on the tennis sky. With his 5-set-win against former world number three Ivan Ljubičić (40) he won his first big title.
He jumped afterwards for the first time in the top 25 of the ATP Rankings. But his increasing success also complicated more and more his relationship with former world number 5 Lucie Šafářová (32). „There was too much tennis“, Berdych told Channel Seven with regard to his first relationship. In 2006 he reached for the first time the top 10, playing two finals and with three fourth rounds a solid grand slam season. After remaining over the next years a solid top 20 player he reached in 2010 his biggest success by playing in Wimbledon a grand slam final where he defeated on his route defending Champion Roger Federer (38) in the quarters and number 3 seed Novak Djokovic (32) in the semis. He lost to Rafael Nadal (33) in the final in straight sets. Even if he lost the final for Berdych it was ‚the best tournament of his life‘ and ‚a very special moment‘.
With a following semi-final at the french open he reached for the first time number 6 in the ATP Rankings. In 2012 and 2013 Berdych wrote with his Czech Team history by winning the Davis Cup in a remarkable final with 3:2 against Spain in Prague. Berdych won against Nicolas Almagro (34) and also his double-match with Radek Stepanek (40) against Marcel Granollers (33) and Marc Lopez (37).
Only two weeks ago the Czech Fed Cup Team already won the fed cup with Lucie Šafářová and Petra Kvitova (29), also in Prague. While Berdych already split in 2011 from his long time girlfriend Šafářová in 2012 he made his new relationship with model Ester Satorova (27) public.
One year later Berdych and his team defended the title by beating Serbia in Belgrade again with 3:2. Berdych won against Dusan Lajovic (29) and his doubles with Radek Stepanek against Nenad Zimonjić (43) and Dušan Vemić while Stepanek sealed the next big success for the Czech Team. As Berdych and Satorova married 2015 in Monte Carlo, his tennis carrer moved also because of back injuries slightly downwards.
As he had to end his season in 2017 earlier he was plagued with back injuries during most of his 2018 season. „I love the game, I like it but I want to be back on court thinking to be in shape and needing to beat just one opponent: who is on the other side of the net, not myself. I even thought about retirement, but then I thought it was not the case, the work I was doing would have been wasted“, Berdych told towards tennisworldusa. In 2019 Berdych celebrated with the final in Doha, the fourth round at the australian open and the semis in Montpellier a strong comeback but unluckily his back injury reappeared and the match at the US Open against Jenson Brooksby has been his last match on tour.
Due to where his rise all began it would have been magic if his personal fareweel would have been in Paris at the Masters but Berdych decided due to his latest injury struggles lately in November to say goodbye. So he received amongst other retiring tour pros like David Ferrer (37) and Nicolas Almagro at the ATP World Tour Finals in London a well earned honor.
To his future plans he made a smugly comment: „The plan is actually not to have any plans. The last 15, 20 years was so hectic and so demanding that I just need to just to breathe out easily after all those years“, Berdych told ubitennis.net. You could also be interested in this article:
They have been on a roll in the tennis circuit until they were convicted of doping. Read how these tour stars fought their way back to the tennis world:
Maria Sharapova (32) In January 2016 Sharapova has been banned for one year and four months after she failed a test for the drug meldonium during the Australian Open.
While Sharapova maintained that she took the drug on the advice of her doctor for health reasons over a 10-year period only, the tribunal found further evidence in emails between Sharapova and her doc Dr. Anatoly Skalny. According to The Guardian he advised ‚during games of special importance you can increase your Mildronate dose to 3-4 pills (1 hour before the match)‘. During her ban she released with Unstoppable her first autobiography in september 2017. „I think it brings a sense of gratefulness that I don’t think I really had. Everything was on automatic for many years. It’s like you wake up, you train, you go to tournaments and you go to another tournament and you win some and you lose some. But since I came back, I just really value every single event. I value every practice and there are definitely tough days, where you’re just physically tired and jet-lagged, but you always have to show up and my fans have been incredible“, Sharapova told FOX Business. She gave her comeback at the Australian Open in January 2018 where she lost after wins against Tatjana Maria and Anastasija Sevastova against Angelique Kerber in the third round. After she struggled with a shoulder injury in the past months Sharapova wants to attack next season with her new coach Riccardo Piatti (61) again.
Richard Gasquet (33) Gasquet has been banned for two months and fifteen days from ATP World Tour after he tested positive for cocaine in March 2009.
His ban got reduced after the ITF trusted his claim that he had „inadvertently“ taken on the drug when sharing french kisses in a Miami nightclub with a frenchwoman, identified only as this time 29-year-old Pamela D. . A few months later Gasquet returned at the US Open back to the scene where he lost to Rafael Nadal 2:6 2:6 3:6 in the first round. „It was very tough mentally stopping for those 2½ months. I ask only one thing: be patient. I need time. Not many people would have recovered after going through what I’ve experienced. I’m going to do everything I can in training“, Gasquet told the French sports newspaper L’Equipe. After he has worked his way over the years in 2016 back in the top 10, Gasquet ended this season ranked as number 61.
Daniel Evans (29) Former world number 41 Evans got tested positive to cocaine in April 2017 during the Barcelona Open where the sample was found to contain cocaine and its metabolite.
He got banned from 26th June 2017 on for one year. In an interview with Independent he revealed deep insights in his soul life. „There isn’t much you can do in the day when other people are working. I was living in Cheltenham, away from anybody else, so I was just on my own for much of the nine months until 5.30pm or 6pm every day“, Evans told Independent. ‚The need of food‘ motivated him to get out of bed each day: „It’s hard to explain, I would never want anyone to go through what having a ban is like. It’s my own fault. don’t get me wrong“, he added. Obviously in the back of my mind I was thinking: I’m a professional tennis player, I’m missing a year of my life. And it’s probably not right to be out enjoying yourself when you’ve let so many people down“, Evans explained towards Independent. Since his return in 2018 he climbed the world rankings month for month and is with his ranking 42 to the end of the season 2019 only one rank away from his career best two years ago.
These handball couples have been rated as one of the most glamorous pairs in the sports world. But also as couples in the normal life they had to master their ups and downs – the one with success the other without:
Iker Romero (39) & Laura Steinbach (34) Former back-court players Romero and Steinbach are in a relationship for five years.
They got to know each other in Budapest as Romero visited his buddy Laszlo Nagy. Steinbach played at that time for the hungarian top-team Ferencváros Budapest. When it comes in talks to the topic handball nobody needs advice from each other – both are independent. „Iker does not need any tips from me. Of course we talk about handball, but that’s not the most important thing in our relationship – luckily“, Steinbach told Spox in an interview. In 2015 international-star Romero decided to quit his career which was beside his big successes for the spanish Nationalteam and former club FC Barcelona dominated by injuries. „In the right knee alone I had five operations. One year ago, my body said: Try it, at least. And my head said: You’re sure to stand still for another year. This time my head says: One year would be difficult, and my body, my knee say: You can not do that anymore. They beg me to stop“, Romero told Süddeutsche Zeitung in an interview. Nowadays Romero is co-trainer for bundesliga-team TSV Hannover-Burgdorf while Steinbach is after eight years as teammanager for the DHB-Team today nutritionist for the company bookingsportstar. Furthermore the two are proud parents of two childs.
Lars Christiansen (47) & Christina Roslyng (41) The past danish left winger Christiansen and former player Roslyng married in 2006, split up in 2009 and reunited in 2012.
The two have a son, Frederik (14). While Lars Christiansen is in the meantime chief scout at his former club SG Flensburg Handewitt, Christina Roslyng found her own sports psychology agency „Roslyng“ and is additional HR Businesss Partner for „Jual A/S“ at her birthplace in Juelsminde.
Bo Spellerberg (40) & Louise Svalastog Spellerberg (37) St. Gallens back-court player Spellerberg and former pivot player Svalastog Spellerberg have been together since 2002, married eight years later but in 2013 the surprising division.
According to Billed Bladet the former most attractive danish sportscouple drifted apart but there have been rumors that Svalastog Spellerbergs attendance to the dance show „Wild Dance“ where she partnered with dance school owner Mads Vad (35) could have been one reason. „Everything that happens on the dance floor, I do not see as an issue at all. It’s more all the rumors you hear about what’s happening out there. And you should never never say – it happens that people find a new one. But I fully trust Louise“, Spellerberg told Billed Bladet. Louise Svalastog Spellerberg had also a sight on her attendance. „The family misses me a little and I miss them. It’s Bo who’s watching the big thorn, so there are some hardships, but we’re all three happy, both Mille and Bo and me. So we really do not think much about it“, she explained to Billed Bladet. Last summer Svalastog Spellerberg ended her career while Bo Spellerberg is with 40 years still competing – in dualfunktion as player-coach for TSV St. Otmar St. Gallen in the Swiss Handball League.
Sunniva Helland-Hansen (22) The in norwegian Bergen born Hansen comes from a volleyball-enthusiastic family.
Two of her three brothers also play volleyball at a professional level. In Indoor Volleyball she gone through all youth national teams for Norway before she switched to Beach Volleyball. In 2017 she moved to Florida, USA, where she is attending the Stetson University and studying Sociology. She still plays Beach Volleyball for the Stetson Hatters.
Nina Betschart (24) Betschart, born in Swiss smalltown Steinhausen, builds since 2016 with Tanja Hüberli (27) a strong beachvolleyball pair.
For both of them the olympic games 2020 in Tokyo are the next big aim. Their winning formula on the road to Tokyo? „The most important thing is that you are open and honest and always talking to each other. We want to look from tournament to tournament“, Betschart told the Swiss Coopzeitung.
Markéta Sluková (31) Prague-Based beachvolleyball player Sluková reached with her partner Barbora Hermannová (29) world number one in the FIVB Women World Ranking.
In an Interview with Beach Volleyball Space she revealed why she loves her sports: „I really enjoyed the space for self-realization and partial individualism that comes with beach volleyball.“
Table tennis life is dominated by travelling and playing for the club. So as a professional it’s very difficult to build relationships. These table tennis couples are mastering this challenge for many years in grandiose manner:
João Monteiro (36) & Daniela Dodean (31) The portuguese Monteiro and romanian Dodean married in July 2013, in April 2015 they became parents of a daughter.
„For me, the best things I have received in my life is first marrying my husband, and then the birth of my daughter Lara. I would give up everything in the world to make my daughter happy“, Dodean told ittf.
Dimitrij Ovtcharov (31) & Jenny Ovtcharov (31, former Mellström) Former swedish player Jenny Ovtcharov and two times european champion Dimitrij Ovtcharov are married since 2014.
While D. Ovtcharov is still competing very strong on the ittf-tour (currently world-ranking 12), Jenny works flexible as online marketing manager for the two private schools from her parents. In 2015 she also made her comeback in tabletennis sports, as she played in the third league for Borussia Duesseldorf. „I enjoy working, learning new things, and wanting to develop as a person, regardless of what Dima works and earns“, Jenny Ovtcharov told myTischtennis. Zhenqi Barthel (32) & Tiago Apolonia (33) The in Laimin, China born and 2002 to Germany moved Barthel and the in Lissabon born former world number 9 Apolonia married in July 2016.
In December 2017 they became parents of a son. Whereas today Tiago is still playing in the german „TTBL“ for TTC Neu-Ulm, Barthel lives in Lissabon where she takes care of their son Santiago. „We are either traveling or playing. But that’s how it is as a table tennis pro. My wife knows this fortunately and understands it“, Apolonia explained to Südwest Presse.
Christian Süß (34) & Elke Schall-Süß (46) Elke Schall, former table tennis professional, world number 29 and Christian Süß, four-times european doubles-champion with Timo Boll are in a relationship since 2006.
Six years later they married in Duesseldorf. While Süß is nowadays a honorary coach for the german table tennis boarding school, Elke Schall-Süß is a self-employed fitness-coach. „Working as a ‚personal trainer‘ has given me more contact with people outside the table tennis who also talk about very different topics. That’s very interesting and something different“, Schall-Süß declared DTTB in an interview.
Tennis life is a blessing and a curse at the same time. You travel around the world, earn with the thing you love the most a living and attract people from everywhere. But the life as a tennis pro often makes a private life very difficult. These players took a risk:
Maria Sharapova (32)
The Relationship between the Russian Sharapova and the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (28) began in October 2012, when Dimitrov firstly texted Sharapova via E-Mail.
„Our messages turned into phone calls, our phone calls into Skype calls. It was very simple and genuine. I didn’t think too much of it until, after one of our phone conversations, he dialled me back thirty seconds later and said, ‚I’m sorry, but I miss your voice. Can we speak for a few more minutes?'“, revealed Sharapova in her autobiography Unstoppable. They gone public about their relationship in the beginning of May – all in all the romance lasted til summer 2015. „I was supposed to be focused, getting prepared for my own matches, my own triumphs and defeats, on the largest stage of my career. I had been watching his match that day only because I’d lost early at those championships. So his good memory was my bad memory. What meant everything to him happened only because I had lost“, Sharapova concluded in her book.
Nowadays Sharapova is in a relationship with businessman Alexander Gilkes (40, founder of the auction house „Paddle8“), while Dimitrov is Single again after the summer-split from former „Pussycat Dolls“ lead singer Nicole Scherzinger (41).
Donna Vekic (23)
There was great outcry when Nick Kyrgios (24) told Stan Wawrinka (34) in the mid of their match in August 2015 that Thanasi Kokkinakis (23) slept with Wawrinka at the time girlfriend Donna Vekic.
„Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate“, Kyrgios was caught on camera telling the Swiss at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Both, Kokkinakis and Vekic, didn’t confirm but also didn’t neglect Kyrgios‘ allegation. So the rumours kept rolling. „It’s not easy but I’m trying to focus on tennis and my next match. I haven’t spoken to Kyrgios. But it’s a very disappointing thing to be happening in our sport and I hope it won’t happen again because it’s not a very good image for our sport“, Vekic spoke out in an interview with the Canadian newspaper The Province. The relationship between Wawrinka and Vekic ended in summer 2019.
Lucie Safarova (32)
The two Czechs Tomas Berdych (34) and Lucie Savarova have been together for eight years after the split came in 2011.
„I think we came to the point where it was just not going the right way and both of our personalities became different. It just happens. Our breakup was very normal. We didn’t have fights or anything“, Safarova reavealed via Tennis Now. For Safarova the separation changed her perspective on her life which also lead to a career-boost. „I discovered more of myself which was great. Since I was 15, I was sharing everything with a person and suddenly I was there alone. At the beginning it was frightening, but it was good to also know what I like for myself and what I like to do“, the Czech told Tennis Now. In Bethanie Mattek-Sands she found a double partner, with whom she had a lot of success (5 Grand Slam titles). While Safarova is today in a relationship with tennis coach Troy Hahn, Tomas Berdych is since 2012 engaged with model Ester Satorova (27). „Today I can say, it’s much better, because I think before [ relationship with Safarova, Editor’s Note] there was too much tennis“, Berdych told Channel Seven.
The former Top 10 Player Jack Sock (27) once built with Katie Boulter a perfect tennis couple.
Unfortunately the relationship didn’t last long – they split in the beginning of 2019. Nowadays Sock is in a relationship with Miss North Carolina Laura Little. Boulter, british tennis hope, meanwhile is single again. „Luckily enough, I have really close friends on tour that I travel with and that’s really it. I don’t need anything else“, Boulter told The Sun.
Attempted strangulation, drink-driving despite driving ban, a severe beated taxi driver – these football players completely lost their nerves and went to prison.
Marlon King (39)
The Jamaican was sentenced in October 2009 for sexual violence against a woman for 18 months jail.
The background was that the former Premier League striker (12 goals in 64 appearances) celebrated in the end of 2009 in a bar his winning goal for Hull City and also the pregnancy of his wife. After a female student gave him a cold shoulder, he started a dispute with her. „Don’t you know who I am? I am a millionaire“, the father of three children was reported to have said. „I don’t care who you are. Take your millionaire being away from our table“, gave him the female student space to thought.
Subsequently King lost his nerves, grasped at the woman. „I’m out of your league love, I’m a multi-millionaire“, King shouted to her after she told him to stop touching her. Afterwards he punched her with such force that two other revellers, one of them holding on to his arm, were knocked over.
Barely five years later King was sentenced in 2014 again for 18 months jail. This time the cause was ‚dangerous driving‘. King was seen weaving in and out of traffic on the dual carriageway before he undertook Martin Beck’s VW Polo, which he considered was driving too slowly, the court heard. The former footballer, who was eating an ice cream bought from McDonald’s moments earlier, then slammed his brakes on in frustration, forcing Mr Beck to perform an emergency stop.
A third car crashed into the back of the Polo, pushing it into the back of King’s Porsche. The footballer drove off, only for a witness to flag him down, thinking Mr Beck had been killed. When he returned he blamed Mr Beck, who had to be cut free and flown to hospital, for causing the collision. Mr Beck spent three weeks in hospital and required surgery for a fractured and dislocated forearm. A third driver was also taken to hospital for cuts and bruises.
Jermaine Pennant (36)
Former Arsenal London star Pennant was condemned in 2005 for ‚drink driving while banned‘.
He crashed his top of the range Mercedes into a lamppost while more than twice the legal limit, then drove off with the post dragging underneath the car. He pulled into a car park of a leisure complex where he was arrested. Police said his eyes were glazed and his speech slurred.
When questioned initially, he gave a false name, telling officers that he was his Arsenal team mate Ashley Cole.
Adam Johnson (31)
Former English ‚prodigy‘ Johnson (inter alia Premier League winner with Manchester City in 2011/12) was arrested for ‚child abuse of a 15 year old‘ for six years jail.
Johnson (265 Premier League appearances for Manchester City, FC Middlesbrough and AFC Sunderland) had engaged in sexual activity with the child knowing she was under 16. The sexual activity with the girl happened in the footballer’s Range Rover in January 2015 after he had groomed her using social media apps.
In March 2019 the disgraced former England international has been released from prison after serving three years. His release conditions: He cannot spend time alone with Ayla, a social worker monitoring his every move. He will likely live at a registered address and give details of anywhere else he stays. The ex-Englandwinger will also have to hand over his bank card details in case he accesses paid for porn sites.
Joey Barton (36)
The former international was arrested in December 2007 for a ‚violent and cowardly attack‘ on a man outside a McDonald’s restaurant for six months jail.
In Liverpool city centre Barton punched his victim up to 20 times as he lay on the ground. A few minutes later he attacked a 16-year-old, punching him and leaving him with broken teeth.
In another case in May 2007 where he assaulted his former Manchester City team mate Ousmane Dabo in a training ground incident he was not pleaded guilty. He got imposed a 3.000€ fee, which he had to pay to Dabo, the cost of proceedings and 200 hours of community service.
Danny Simpson (32)
The defender, who won in 2016 with Leicester City sensationally the Premier League, got community service for pinning his ‚terrified‘ ex-girlfriend to the floor and throttling her.
After Simpsons ex-girlfriend Ward had refused to give evidence at trial and withdrew her statement, the Judge handed him 300 hours unpaid work at court in Manchester instead of the discussed imprisonment.
Ms Ward made a frantic eight minute-long 999 call in which she can be heard begging him to ‚get off‘ during a drunken row at family gathering at Christmas. When officers arrived they found Simpson straddled over Ms Ward and he was arrested while his former girlfriend was left ‚crying hysterically and cowering‘ in the corner of the room.
Nicklas Bendtner (31)
The ‚Lord‘ has been sentenced to 50 days in jail in Denmark for assaulting a taxi driver.
Scandalous former Arsenal star Bendtner has beaten in September 2018 the taxi driver so hard, that the taxi man suffered a broken jaw. The Dane admitted hitting the taxi driver but said it was because he ‚felt threatened‘.
Bendtner told journalists the driver threw a bottle or a can towards him and his girlfriend when they left without paying.
Jurgen Klopp in 2015 after his engagement at Borussia Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel even twice ( in 2014 after five years at FSV Mainz 05 and two years at Borussia Dortmund), successfull football coaches get more and more demanded and the coaches‘ urge for a break increases. These international top coaches have chosen the same way as Klopp and decided to take a sabbatical.
Zinedine Zidane (46)
After Zidane has functioned for nearly four years at Real Madrid as co-trainer and youth coach, in 2016 he moved up as head coach and celebrated in his term of barely three years major successes.
With „Los Blancos“ he won the UEFA Champions League three times in a row and moreover secured the Spanish championship. All of a sudden he announced in the end of the season 2017/2018 his withdrawal. „After three years, I think it’s time to leave, it’s difficult to continue coaching after that length of time“, he explained at the final press conference. „I didn’t see clearly that we’re going to continue winning definitely. There comes a moment when you believe that it’s better to make a change, so as not to stay too long and make mistakes“, Zidane shed at that time light on his motives. His adviser Alain Migliaccio added towards Le Journal Du Dimanche he was ‚emotionally exhausted‘. For two months, barely ten months after his break, Zidane has returned – as head coach of Real Madrid.
Pep Guardiola (48)
In 2008 Guardiola moved up as head coach of the 26th times Spanisch champion FC Barcelona after he has coached the reserve team for one year.
The achievements he celebrated in his four years of term have been phenomenal. Overall he collected 14 trophies, among them twice the UEFA Champions League, three times the Spanish championship and two Spanish cups. Nevertheless, after that he made a cut. „Four years at Barcelona is an eternity“, Guardiola explained in his final press conference. „I’m drained and I need to fill up. The demand has been very high and a manager must be strong. The new coach will give things I’m not able to anymore. You can only recover by resting. It would have been a bad decision to continue. We have lived too many strong things together to run the risk that this goes wrong. I know this is the best possible place, but it is my time to go. I’m satisfied beyond the results in the way we’ve done it“, Guardiola added comprehensively. After his admission Guardiola moved to New York for one year, learned English and German. The two languages he needed at his next jobs as head coach of Manchester City and FC Bayern München.
Luis Enrique (49)
Past annual jobs as head coach of AS Roma and Celta Vigo he started in 2014 as coach of FC Barcelona.
In his three years of term Enrique collected nine titles, including the Champions League, two Spanish championships and three Spanish cups. However in 2017 the Barca romance was over. „If I’m leaving Barcelona, my home, where I have a great relationship with the club and the players, it’s purely for tiredness. I need to recover. I’m not thinking about other teams. It will be a year to recover, but now what’s left to do is to end the season with all our objectives achieved“, explained Enrique his sabbatical. During that year Enrique kept low profile. The former successfull player (inter alia three Spanish championships) only was seen participating in professional mountain bike competitions. Since summer 2018 Enrique is coaching the Spanish national team and is willed to lead „La Furia Roja“ in 2020 to the EM title.