first_imgSpeaking about the upcoming Euro Championships this year, Speaking about the upcoming Euro Championships this year, Breitner said that Germany were among the favoured teams to clinch the crown though personally he always saw the tournament as a platform to re-build the team in between two World Cups. “We always are co-favourites. For me the Euro has never been that important. The Euro is one step from one World Cup to the next. After every World cup some players finish their career and afer every World Cup we need to rebuild our national team by looking at new and younger players by giving them time to improve. “The Euro helps to realise which talents would be able to play in the next World Cup. Okay, every team wants to win the Euro. (But) its important to realise who is able to play at the highest level,” said the former mid-fielder who scored 7 goals in 20 World Cup appearances, including the qualifiers. He credited the club culture in his country for the consistently excellent show Germany has dished out in World Cups. “The biggest thing which is responsible for this is our kids can start playing at the age of 3 or 4. We Germans are organised by clubs. We have clubs for everything – for swimming, tennis, running, climbing hills, playing chess. “I live in a small village of 5000 people and we have more than 70 different clubs you come home from work and you with your family will join your club and play football. you can enter club at 3 or 4 and at the age of 4 or 5 we start competitions for them. “You can play football until you die. We have so many teams of elder people at the age of 70 or 80. I always say in Germany after eating, drinking, family and shopping, football in our society comes at no. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. We have 50-60 million football fans from a country of 70 million Germans. Everybody loves football. Thats the reason we are so consistent,” he explained. Asked to choose between the 1974 World Cup final and the heart-stopping 1982 semi final against France that his team won on penalties after extra time, Breitner said, “The semifinal was the more spectacular game, but for me the whistle of the referee to finish the World Cup final was more spectacular.” PTI SSR ARS PM PM PTPadvertisementlast_img

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