Eight years ago, world champion in Rio, now the academy manager of FC Arsenal. Mertesacker is committed to promoting talent, which demands everything from him in his everyday life. “The talents that make it into professional football are one percent,” says Mertesacker in the new episode “Fe: Male View on Football” directly: “Therefore we have to provide the program where we focus on football, but Also convey values that can help in life. “

The former defense bar does not believe in praising talented players to the sky too early. “If we say to the boys at the age of 15, they are the best in the world and will definitely do it, it is a great negligence and lie,” says Mertesacker and pushes after: “I couldn’t live with it. “

The 1.98-meter giant has had its own experience with it. “I am very careful with superlatives. I experienced it myself with 15 or 16. There were other superstars who didn’t even make it into the first four leagues,” Mertesacker recalls: “To forecast and recognize footballing talent There is something of it in the top leagues is almost impossible. That’s why I stay away from it. “

29. April 202249: 37 minutes

FE: Male #08 – Per Mertesacker

Sometimes I am in a moral dilemma, says Mertesacker about his work as head of the Arsenal FC Youth Academy. The native of Lower Saxony discusses with us intensively on mental health in football and provides detailed insights into the development of a young professional. In addition, the 2014 world champion reports on the life of his family in London and in which environment his three sons growing up. Mertesacker also explains what expectations he has for the national team at the World Cup in Qatar and what he would advise Timo Werner and Bernd Leno with regard to the tournament. In addition, the former central defender tells us what triggered the quake at Chelsea FC in the Premier League. Sympathetic, informative, profound!

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Mertesacker is particularly important to prepare the majority of the talents for the day when the dream of professional football bursts. For this he also wants another media dealing: “I would like to be more willing to talk about feelings. We all find it difficult. But the more we do it, the better it will be. And that people are doing And the media are sensitized that these topics remain important. Everyone is still behind headlines and the person falls down at the back. “

_Wie Mertesacker The World Cup chances under Löw’s successor Hansi Flick assess whether he can imagine a post as a club coach how he uses Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe as role models – and why he has goose bumps when his plane in Hanover explains, explains Mertesacker in the current episode “Fe: Male View on Football”. The whole episode is now available on all digital world champion channels and treats, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Podimo and iTunes! _