Essen Despite all-round care for today’s football professionals, ultra-modern stadiums and high salaries of millions – the Bundesliga legends Frank Mill (63), Bernard Dietz (73), Michael “Ata” Lameck (72) and Rüdiger Abramczik (65) feel no envy their successors.
“I thank God that I was allowed to play in the seventies and eighties,” said the former national team captain Dietz (MSV Duisburg, Schalke 04) at a meeting of the four ex-professionals from the Ruhr area with the newspapers of the Funke media group . “I don’t think we all know envy of today’s players. The sums at issue today are utopian anyway. I still experienced the human side of football. “
Former goalscorer Mill from Rot-Weiss Essen and Borussia Dortmund said: “We had a good time. We still had relationships with people, and that’s why we still have something to talk about today. ”Signing autographs while warming up before training,“ that wasn’t a problem at the time ”.
They are “children of the Ruhr area, we have found all of this to be normal. Because we grew up that way too, ”said Abramczik, who was celebrated as a“ flank god ”during his career at Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund.
As a player today you are “completely transparent”, said ex-European champion Dietz. And Lameck, who spent his Bundesliga career at VfL Bochum, added: “Free movement is no longer possible. At that time we were seen and spoken to on the street. “
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