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In the Bundesliga he was a professional for Rhineland rivals 1. FC Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach, among others, and Thomas Broich later ended his eventful career after seven years in Australia with Brisbane Roar. Broich can currently be seen as an ARD expert at the European Championship games.

  • Thomas Broich played for 1. FC Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • Ex-Profi works at the EM as an ARD expert
  • In the interview he talks about the chances of the DFB-Elf and his future

EXPRESS spoke to Broich about the EM, the German opportunities and his future planning.

Thomas Broich on relegation: “I felt sorry for the people of Kiel”

Mr Broich, the EM is picking up speed, but shortly before that there was another extremely eventful football weekend for you – including with your ex-club Cologne in the relegation in Kiel and the Champions League final. Have you seen all the games?

It was even a lot more: I was still in action myself on the relegation Saturday, coaching my Frankfurt U15s in the last game of the season against Borussia Dortmund. It was an unbelievably good youth game, the boys really took it once more. Since it was my last game with the Eintracht talents for the time being, it was of course particularly emotional, even if we ended up losing 4-2. When I got off the pitch, it was 3-1 for FC Kiel in Kiel. With a corresponding delay, I then watched the game in my coach’s office again from kick-off. Of course, I wanted to experience this completely emotionally.

How did you experience the game then?

Well, I’ll be honest: I really felt sorry for the people of Kiel. I like their way of playing soccer and I like the coach too. But as an ex-FC player, of course, there was not much neutrality on the emotional level. Cologne was not an easy time for me, I took this emotional chaos with me back then. It was an incredibly emotional period in my career. I will never forget And the fact is: this city doesn’t leave you cold – and it doesn’t leave you either. It was no coincidence that I first turned up in Cologne after my return from Australia. I can still feel that today. Cologne and FC are a feeling. This is not just sung about, it really is.

Thomas Broich (r.) Reveals in an EXPRESS interview: FC and the city of Cologne have had a lasting impact on him. He keeps dropping by at the Cologne games – here he is sitting in the stands at the Bundesliga game against BVB on August 23.


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You’ve said before that you watch certain games three or four times. Will the FC spectacle in Kiel also be part of that?

Not be ruled out. I just want to understand what really happened there on the lawn. To do this, I just have to watch some games several times. And if we now take the Champions League final, for example, with this unbelievable speed and tactical level, then that is also necessary in order to really deal with it. Above all, I watch games as a football fan, not always as a coach or TV expert. Sometimes you have to detain for the details.

Thomas Broich from 1. FC Köln on the ball

Thomas Broich played for 1. FC Köln from 2006 to 2009 – including twelve times in the Bundesliga and 57 times in the lower house.


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Thomas Broich on ex-clubs Gladbach and 1. FC Cologne

In the end, FC managed to save themselves surprisingly sovereign in Kiel – to put sports boss Horst Heldt in front of the door the next day. What has to happen so that the FC finally gets into calmer waters?

To judge that from a distance is really difficult and it is not my place either. However, in my opinion, there is a recipe for success. Namely: calm, patience, expertise and integrity. With many of the so-called traditional clubs, I have the feeling that they lack these virtues. And that’s why there is always a fuss, which is often homemade. I see Borussia Mönchengladbach as a positive example. Times have not always been easy for them in recent years. But with Max Eberl and his team, I have the feeling that they treat each other with trust and do competent work. You’ve been to Europe a couple of times now, but you’re still not getting too euphoric.

You have already mentioned: Your work as a junior coach at Eintracht Frankfurt has come to an end after just one year. Was the big upheaval with the farewell to sports director Fredi Bobic and trainer Adi Hütter also a reason for this?

No, I just put too much on myself. Over the past few years I have gradually gotten jobs. I commented on the Bundesliga in English for the DFL, do the TV analyzes for ARD at international matches, make radio reports and also try to advance my coaching career because that’s something I’m really passionate about. It’s been a fantastic year all together, really. But it was just too much in the end. If you have to drive across Germany every two days, it really gets down to business. That’s why I decided to take a step back for a while. It doesn’t all work at the same time.

How is your coaching career going?

I’m going to do the A license this summer. Then I have to train at the highest level for another year. I am planning everything at the moment. But it will certainly not continue at supersonic speed. I can therefore rule out a coaching job for the coming season. But in the long term, of course, my goal is to make the football teacher.

Broich on fans at the EM: “Sometimes it doesn’t take 50,000”

How do you stay fit? Do you still play regularly yourself?

Well, of course I always kicked my boys in training. But then I really reach my limits pretty quickly. After such a training session with the guys, I’m exhausted, not just in my head, but also physically. On top of that, I notice straight away if I don’t eat an exemplary diet for a week or two. Then I always have to ban certain things for a while. But in general I enjoy the fact that I don’t have to pay attention to everything every day after my career.

Now you are in action at the EM. It takes place across Europe – and with half-full stadiums. Do you think the tournament can create real euphoria?

Difficult to predict. But I already have the hope that it will be like that. What was clearly noticeable recently: As soon as there are fans in the stadium again, even if less than before, you have atmosphere again. 15,000 people can also sound the alarm, sometimes you don’t need 50,000. But most of all, I believe in the athletic quality. The high burden for the players has been an issue again and again recently. But when I’ve watched the Champions League final, when I see what an incredible run BVB put in in the season’s final spurt, then I hope that we’ll see great games at a high level. I do think that around the tournament there can be a sense of optimism among the fans.

It wasn’t long ago that the DFB-Elf seemed to be at an all-time low after the 6-0 debacle against Spain. Now Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels are back, the 7: 1 against Latvia was a real gala. Can German football fans suddenly be able to be optimistic again?

Naturally! Sure, some of the past appearances were less than convincing. But personally, I’ve always seen the troop’s potential. You just have to take a look at what we have aggressively going around there. What a pace and what a creativity. We don’t need to hide from anyone at all. We have players like Ilkay Gündogan who are at the height of their work. Plus mega talents like Kai Havertz. Hummels led BVB through this strong run at the end of the season. And the Bayern players almost always deliver to the national team anyway. All it has to do now is “click”. And even if it doesn’t work out, it wouldn’t be a shame to be eliminated in view of this great group with France and Portugal. We don’t need to talk about the French; I see Portugal even more than when I won the title five years ago.

Thomas Broich: Marco Reus’ cancellation is understandable

Can you understand that Marco Reus canceled the EM?

Somewhere yes, especially if you look at the staff on the offensive. He probably already knew that he wouldn’t play every game. And especially with his injury history, a break makes sense. On the other hand, I think it’s a shame. Because he had found his ease again in the season’s final spurt. When Reus really gets going, there is hardly anything more supple in world football. How he takes the balls with him at the highest speed, how he last scored the goals – that was already world class. I would really have liked to see him for the national team – but I understand and respect his decision.

Marco Reus against Estonia on the ball

Marco Reus completed the last of his 44 international matches to date on October 13, 2019 in the European Championship qualification in Estonia. The DFB star decided not to participate in the EM.

Many TV experts and commentators have been exposed to shit storms on the Internet for years. Do you follow what is being said about you on social media?

No, actually not at all. I do the job to the best of my knowledge and belief. And also in the way I personally would like an expert to do. And I’m happy with that. Anything else would only distract me. Maybe not everyone thinks I’m good, but that’s perfectly fine. What I would like, however, is that dealing with the whole topic might be a little more enlightening. I think it’s crazy that people lose their jobs because someone put something wrong. I think it would be better to say, “Hey, what you said wasn’t okay.” And if the person sincerely apologizes, then they should get another chance. I think most of them really don’t mean it badly, they just don’t know any better at the moment. Because you mustn’t forget: We are in a live situation on TV. Everything is not always controllable.

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