“No Great Talent Across the Board”: Legendary Coach Winfried Schaefer Sees “Black” For 2026 World Cup

Winfried Schäfer spricht über die Zukunft der deutschen Nationalmannschaft.

In the opinion of longtime Bundesliga coach Winfried Schaefer, German football is running out of talent. “Players like Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer, absolute winners, have been happening for years and I don’t see any great talent on the board,” said the 72-year-old. Rheinische Post And added: “There’s Musiala, there’s Wirtz, but then it gets diluted. Where are the other talents that give hope? That’s why I see the blackness for the 2026 World Cup.”

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Especially “key positions” in the Bundesliga are often occupied by good and sometimes young players from abroad, Schaefer complained and referred to several French players: “The Bundesliga has become a training league for the French. Theirs. Talent is in good competition, trained here, 34 games in a season in high level competition, not so in the French league.”

World Cup games will take place in a total of 16 cities – Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey in Mexico, Vancouver and Toronto in Canada and, in addition to Los Angeles, ten other cities in the United States. Which cities will host the final and the opening game are yet to be decided. 60 of the 80 games are to be held in the United States, including all games after the quarter-finals. As of the current situation, ten games each are planned in Canada and Mexico. All stadiums have a capacity of at least 60,000 spectators.

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