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Name Dietmar Hamann
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer

Affiliation

Club as Player Liverpool FC

2010 10 15 Retrieve

[Liverpool Legend Dietmar Hamann accuses George Gillett & Tom Hicks Didn’t Treat Fans With Respect] These people made it clear their only interest was financial and I don’t think they ever cared about the club. Obviously, when [former chairman] David Moores sold he was promised a lot of things which they didn’t fulfill. The club can look at people now who are seriously and honestly interested in the club. Not only the business side of it, but the football side which is the most important to followers all over the world. I think these people need to be treated with a lot more respect than they have done in the last few years

2014 07 11 Retrieve

[When Germany’s wobbly win against Algeria came to an end, Mesut Ozil was the player on the receiving end of the most criticism. While his performance was miles away from his best, everyone in the German side struggled] I don’t think the criticism is justified. He got better and better with each game

With him in the team, there’s always a better fluidity and flow to the game; a better rhythm to the game because he’s safe in possession. He may not create as many chances as he would like, but it’s a team game and the team functions well at the moment. It’s all about the balance

You don’t play for Real Madrid and Germany and get so many international caps, if you are not strong mentally

2018 04 09 Retrieve

[Klopp warned by Hamann that ‘Liverpool is about winning’ and he still needs a trophy] There have been changes to a certain extent. They’ve shown consistency. It’s all well and good to say we beat City, Chelsea away. All that matters is where you’re at at end of season. More often than not that’s been disappointing in recent years.

I feel for first time there’s a level of consistency in the team and the club. I think you have something to build on, trophies can be won: League Cups, FA Cup titles, the Champions League.

Liverpool is about winning. [Not] just simply saying, ‘We’re improving, progressing.’ I think team and manager have to win trophies. This is most confident I have been in number of years.

The team’s moving forward, progressing, but to go the last step is always hardest. They’ve had chances, semi-final a few years ago, so I am optimistic and slightly changed my mind [about Klopp] but until he wins trophies I don’t think he can ever say he’s arrived at Liverpool.

[It would take an almighty capitulation to stop Pep Guardiola completing a domestic double after their Carabao Cup success, with Hamann impressed by how quickly he has instilled his philosophy at the Etihad Stadium] I think it surprised me how quickly he got his message through. I didn’t think the football he played at Barcelona or Bayern [Munich] was possible in the Premier League. But if you look at the players he’s bought and had, the improvements they’ve mad; Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane who was good but now top, if you look at Raheem Sterling who has always been a good player but even he is on another level. The way he did it and how quickly, I wasn’t surprised but a lot quicker than I expected.

2018 05 30 Retrieve

[Hamann has ‘limited sympathy’ for flashy Karius following Liverpool horror show] My sympathy with Karius is limited. We don’t have to discuss that he decided the final with his two mistakes. Something like that can happen to a professional footballer. But what I didn’t like was his behaviour afterwards. To publicly show his suffering after the final whistle was just as unnecessary as his tearful asking for forgiveness from the Reds fans.

[Hamann also suggested that Karius may be paying the price for a flashy lifestyle away from the field that he has struggled to justify throughout his time at Liverpool] Liverpool fans forgive their stars just as well as any other, the anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is part of life out at the club. With one exception: when your ego doesn’t match your performance.

Karius drives through Liverpool with the personalised number plates ‘LK1’ and makes waves in the city whenever he steps out. Having airs like that is something Cristiano Ronaldo, alias CR7, can pull off in Madrid, because he has won the Champions League five times. Someone like Karius has not achieved anything yet in his career and should be happy to have been given the chance by [Jurgen] Klopp at a world-class club.

2019 03 08 Retrieve

[Hamann predicts Liverpool are facing the very real prospect of an early exit from the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich] They will feel they are in a decent position after the 0-0 draw at home and with Virgil van Dijk returning – but I still prefer Bayern. The potential loss to injury of Kingsley Coman is a blow for the German side but they are in superb form, unrecognisable from the first couple of months of the season. Their confidence will contrast with the mood at Liverpool and I’ll take Bayern in another tight, low-scoring encounter

Liverpool are definitely running into Bayern at the wrong time with a new belief pulsing through the Bavarian ranks.

It has been a tough first season for Munich boss Niko Kovac. But he has kept his cool, even when fans were calling for his head in the autumn. Fast forward a few months and they are looking unbeatable and favourites to retain their title.

They’ve done all this despite Bayern boasting one of the oldest squads in the Bundesliga but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of an era if they go out.’

Players such as Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller seem to have been around forever and have been axed from the Germany squad by Joachim Low but none of them is more than 30 and they all have a couple of seasons left.

Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, David Alaba and Kingsley Coman are players you can build a team around, though Kovac will have to be clever in the transfer market.

Bayern are still a European giant – Liverpool are all too aware of that – and they won’t be disappearing without trace any time soons

2019 10 24 Retrieve

[Hamann unimpressed by Coutinho’s start in Germany] For me, he is a stranger in the team. I cannot remember a good situation [he’s produced] in attack. If you have such a player in the team and he does not show any special moments, then, of course, you get problems because in the defence he only counts as half a player. He has 30 or 35 games left so he has to start sometime [to show good performances]. He is still on loan from Barca until the end of the season.

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[Hamann astonished by Liverpool’s furlough decision during coronavirus pandemic] Astonished by the news that @LFC takes advantage of the furlough scheme to claim 80 per cent of non-playing staff wages back off the government. That’s not what the scheme was designed for. Contrary to the morals and values of the club I got to know

2020 04 12 Retrieve

[Liverpool’s 2001 team was better than the miracle of Istanbul squad] It was a special time. When I joined in 1999 I think I was one of six or seven players and they were all foreigners so I think Gerard Houllier took a big chance.

We had some great English talent coming through so it was a gamble. Myself and Stephane [Henchoz] played in England already but you never know how long it will take for these players to adapt.

I don’t think anyone expected us that [2001] season to go and win trophies so quickly but it just showed how quickly we gelled and how much talent we really had.

I saw a picture this week on Twitter, that team when we played Barcelona in the UEFA Cup semi-final in 2001, it was a proper team.

I would say it was the best squad I played with in my time. Looking at the strength in depth, it was better than the 2005 team that won the Champions League.

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Dietmar Hamann says Bayern Munich’s decision to sign Alexander Nubel from Schalke has put Manuel Neuer in a strong position to make contract demand] They may have hired Alexander Nubel a little prematurely. You hear that he was even promised games. I would not extend four years, but Bayern have put themselves in this position. If Neuer should say now: ‘If we don’t extend, I’ll go in the summer’, which is unlikely, then Bayern might face the problem that they have to get another goalkeeper. That is why Neuer is now in a very strong position and he’s trying to take advantage of that.

[The ex-Germany international sees Cologne striker Jhon Cordoba as the ideal long-term replacement for the Polish star, but also feels academy star Joshua Zirkzee is capable of providing cover] For the centre of the attack, Cologne’s Cordoba, Mainz’s [Jean-Philippe] Mateta or their own young talent Zirkzee. And Bremen’s [Milot] Rashica would be a much cheaper option for the wing

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Dietmar Hamann says the Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho is now sat behind only Kylian Mbappe when it comes to the top-rated talent in Europe] When he first came, he had a bit of a rough start for the first few months, but the last 12 to 18 months, you have to say he’s probably been the best player in the Bundesliga and I’m not surprised there’s huge interest in England to take him back.

We had [Ousmane] Dembele here a few years ago before he went to Barcelona [and he] never really recovered, but I’ve rarely seen a player in the last decade who beats players or defenders purely with skill. He’s in double figures again this season with nine or 10 games to go in assists and in goals.

I’d probably make him the highest valued player. If you look at Mbappe, he might be the only one who’s valued higher than Sancho now. This is how good he’s been.

I think it would be a major act for Dortmund to keep him this summer. I just wonder what they think at Manchester City because they must have seen that he’s got something, otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible for him to perform the way he did over the past 18 months