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The German national football team, barely entering the international football arena, was able to show a completely different, different from the usual stereotypes, style of football. The game of the Germans then proved that not only the technique and personal skill become decisive on the football field. Physical training, team play and the versatility of football players play an important role in achieving success. Due to which at one time the Germans overcame the national team of Hungary and the swift Dutch in the finals of the world championships; only by 100% physical endurance, a collective game and universalism. Total football, which at one time raised the Dutchman, brought victory and the real result was not them, but the Germans, who got the most out of it.

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Generally, it is difficult to call Germans imitators, blind copyists of other people’s ideas and ideas. In all, literally in all branches of human life, the Germans were able to independently achieve amazing success. Another thing is that it is common for Germans to learn from their own blunders in time, take into account someone else’s positive experience and learn from the mistakes of others. In the mid-60s, when after the triumph of the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, in the camp of the German national team, and in the game of many German clubs there was a noticeable decline, the functionaries of the German football union, scouts of German clubs went to neighboring Holland, to the country of tulips where a new, modern football was born. In the early 70s, the Dutch national team shocked many prominent football experts and made the football teams of the whole world reckon with the Dutch. The Dutch national team, the entire football elite of the country made the necessary and correct conclusions from the devastating defeat in 1956 of the German national team. The Dutch lost to the Germans with a score of 0: 7 and after that, went to a long break, which lasted almost 10 years. The total football shown by the Dutch at the time on the football fields left almost no chance of any of the teams – the rivals of the Dutch national team. The Germans were delighted with this model of the game. They were impressed by the high athletic training of the Dutch footballers, the universalism that prevails on the field and the maximum commitment. All these qualities, perfectly developed by the Dutch players, were heart to the Germans. The Germans did not miss the system of training young talents in Holland. At the state level, in every province, in every city, there was necessarily a sports school in which new football talents were raised. Who as a result of such a training system, has become world famous footballers, we will not speak; it’s not about the Dutch now.

The Germans began to introduce the Dutch system of youth football development. Taking from the Dutch all the best, adding their diligence, perseverance, the Germans were able to develop their own style, which was doomed to success in the future. At first, timidly, later at the federal level, state and private boarding schools began to appear in the country, which patronized the major league football clubs and other teams of professionals. The program included a search for children and adolescents, aged 8 to 14 years, who looked promising and gave hope for the successful development of talent in the future. In Germany, in a country that has had and has today, the largest population in Western Europe, with this approach it was always possible to find children, gifted and talented, who not only grow into professional football players, but also become football stars.

The main office of the Bundes League is located at Julesstraße, 44 in the financial district of Frankfurt. Not long ago, one could see numerous protests and demonstrations around him. Fans accuse representatives of the Bundes-League that they stopped fighting with politicians who want to oblige all clubs to install seats in the stands, where you can now watch football while standing. Christian Seifert, the acting director of the Bundes League in 2005, tried to reassure the fans of the opposite in an interview with the Observer newspaper: “We appreciate the fan culture in Germany. We are the last of the big leagues where fans can stand during matches, and none of us want to change anything at the stadiums. Clubs want to sell cheap tickets, because in our country it is very important that people with low incomes can attend the Bundes League matches. Here, football is an event that brings together people of all ages and with different incomes. Politicians can not do this, the church, too. Many managing directors themselves were ardent fans in the past. They understand that they could raise prices from a business point of view, but they do not want to deprive people of pleasure. We would like football to be accessible to all German society.”

For the time being, Germany has the highest attendance in Europe – an average of 45,000 people came to the Bundes League last season. It should be noted that the level of football in Germany in recent years has increased significantly. This is due to the fact that after the failure in 2000 it was decided by the German Football Association and the Bundes League to allocate 700 million euros to football academies. Gerhar Meyer-Forfelder, the then president of the German Football Association, conducted a study and organized a special research group that analyzed modern football and developed a new philosophy and development program for the following years. In Germany, there is another important tradition – the former players become leaders or coaches. The presence of people like Uli Hines in Bavaria as president, Rudi Feller as sports director for Bayer, Klaus Allofs in Werder shows that the entire system is soaked with football.

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Seifert explained how the new system for the development of young players — the Bundes League Academy and 21 regional and 5 regional training centers — emerged: “In 2002, a big crisis occurred in Germany. The Kirch Group, which aired the Bundes League matches, went bankrupt. Clubs stopped receiving revenues from TV broadcasts. It became difficult for foreign players to pay salaries. At about the same time, football academies were opened. The clubs realized that there was a sense to develop local players – this allowed them to save money and sign up ambitious players who wanted to play. ”

Jurgen Klinsmann, who was appointed coach of the national team in 2004, made it possible for players such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philip Lamm and Lukas Podolski to play for the national team. Today in the Bundes League serves 525 players. Of these, 60% are Germans, whose average age is 24 years. If to compare with England, then last season in the Premier League, only 39% of the players were English. Last year, when Borussia and Manchester City played, 7 Germans played for the German club, and only one Englishman, goalkeeper Joe Hart, played for the club from Manchester.