Rudi Völler will become the new director of the Germany men’s senior national team on February 1, 2023.
With its decision in favour of Völler, the German Football Association is following a recommendation by the task force convened by DFB president Bernd Neuendorf and DFB vice-president Hans-Joachim Watzke. In addition to Völler himself, this also included Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn, Matthias Sammer and Oliver Mintzlaff. The DFB committees have approved this proposal.
For Völler it is a return to the DFB. He played from 1982 to 1994 in 90 games for Germany and became world champion in Italy in 1990. From 2000 to 2004 he was team manager of the national team and reached the 2002 FIFA World Cup final with his team.
Rudi Völler said, “After many great years at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, I am returning to where I was able to experience wonderful times as team principal. That’s why I’m approaching my new task with the national team with gratitude, passion and great motivation. First of all, we have to lay the foundations for a successful home UEFA European Championship 2024 supported by the whole of Germany.”
“We have the players for that. From these many top players, we now want to form a close-knit community again, a strong-willed and likeable national team with the clear goal of regaining the full support of the fans. And above all, I want to give our national coach Hansi Flick and his coaching team a tailwind.”
Optimal staffing for the next 20 months
DFB President Bernd Neuendorf said, “I would like to thank the members of the Task Force for their commitment and good advice. Together with Rudi Völler we have found the optimal cast for the next 20 months. Rudi Völler is one of the greatest in German football. I am looking forward to working with them and am optimistic about Euro 2024.”
National coach Hansi Flick added, “Rudi is a fixture in German football. With his style and his successes he has inspired the fans as a player, coach and manager. Especially due to his experience with the national team and many years of work at Bayer Leverkusen, he is the right person for the upcoming tasks. My coaching team and I are looking forward to the joint journey to next year’s home European Championships.”
DFB Vice President Hans-Joachim Watzke said, “I am very happy that Rudi Völler is ready to take on this challenging task. Due to his CV, his outstanding successes and his personality profile, he is the ideal solution for the German Football Association.”