Anderi League #31“In this way it is very risky to bring Yann Sommer against Cameroon”
In the 31st episode of the football podcast “Anderi Liga”, 20 minute sports director Tobias Wedermann and NZZ journalist Fabian Ruch talk about the World Cup in Qatar. These are beer bans, double standards and, above all, the health of national goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
that’s what it’s all about
Our podcasters deliver the first episode of “Anderi Liga” directly from Qatar.
In Doha, Ruch and Wedermann discuss first experiences, the short-term beer ban, but above all about football.
The national team in particular is in the spotlight and the big question: How is Yann Sommer really doing?
Our podcasters are in Doha: the World Cup starts on Sunday. Tobias Wedermann, head of sports for 20 Minuten, and NZZ journalist Fabian Ruch report on their first impressions of Qatar in episode 31 of “Anderi Liga”. They are very curious to see if the small country can cope with the onslaught of soccer fans from all over the world, or if there will be a big chaos in Doha, for example, in traffic.
On Friday, almost 48 hours before the opening game of this World Cup between Qatar and Ecuador, the local organizers decided that beer would not be served in the games. Of course, this could have been done a bit earlier. The short-term decision, once again, does not speak for the organization in Qatar and upsets the fans. But Wedermann also says: “It is not a fundamental right for people to get drunk during a football game.” Different countries, different rules, different climates. Podcasters talk about the double standards and the heat in Qatar, and about the revolutionary cooling system that has been installed in seven of the eight World Cup stadiums. Although no one knows for sure.
Explosive situation around Yann Sommer
Of course, the main focus of the last episode is soccer. About the absurd trip of the Swiss team to Abu Dhabi for the friendly against Ghana. On the 2-0 defeat of the national team and his reflections. About the injured goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who is obviously not fit yet. As well as Xherdan Shaqiri, the problem of the outside defense with the Swiss and the starting position in central defense.
Above all, Yann Sommer’s situation is explosive, and the question arises: would Sommer voluntarily retire to Cameroon if he is not yet fit? Wedermann believes: “Yes, Yann Sommer would make that decision for the team and for the success of the national team.” A strong alternative is available from Gregor Kobel. For Ruch it is clear that summer is not enough for the moment to play the World Cup: “In this way it is very risky to bring it against Cameroon.” But the goalkeeper still has a few days until Switzerland’s opener against Cameroon on Thursday. In any case, the goalkeeper debate should make enough headlines in the days to come.
Why is Ronaldo giving such an interview?
Wedermann and Ruch also look at the eight World Cup groups, naming their tips and favorites. And they’re talking quite emotionally about the polarizing interview superstar Cristiano Ronaldo gave British star talker Piers Morgan a few days ago. In this conversation, Ronaldo blames others for his misery and, above all, speaks ill of his club, Manchester United. Wedermann shows some sympathy for Ronaldo, while Ruch, who is usually a fan of Ronaldo, has trouble with the Portuguese’s behavior for once. Most of all, he wonders what prompted the superstar to do this controversial interview so close to the World Cup.
Tobias Wedermann and Fabian Ruch will be in regular contact from Qatar in the coming weeks. In the 31st episode of “Anderi Liga”, the full preview of the World Cup is waiting for the moment, now available on all podcast platforms.
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