Old buildings have a few invaluable advantages. Wonderfully high, light-flooded rooms, for example. Or stucco on the ceilings. Or, or, or. But there is also an undeniable disadvantage. “You are very noisy, my apartment is no exception,” says Marius Wolf. “My neighbors notice almost every move I make,” adds the winger from Hertha BSC , who – like all other teammates – has been around for eight days now is in domestic quarantine . How did Frank Zander, the author of the Hertha anthem, put it recently in his redesigned lyrics: We just don’t go outside!
During this time, Wolf got into the habit of moving one fitness unit per day into the hallway, more precisely: into the stairwell. Up, down, up, down, up, down. Felix Magath would definitely like that. Especially since no official complaint has been handed down from the neighbors. Apparently they take the matter with the necessary composure.
Despite all the foreclosure, Wolf gave a video chat at lunchtime on Wednesday about how the current situation feels for him and his teammates. Is the blanket slowly falling on your head? How do the professionals of the Berlin Bundesliga club from Charlottenburg keep fit? Is it hard to motivate yourself where the team normally trains in the group? And how do they actually pass the time?
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“Of course we do sports,” says Wolf, “but in a different form than usual . “One of the first official acts of the day for the 24-year-old is a decent bike tour, of course on the ergometer through the living room at home. Motivation problems are alien to Wolf. “I have a lot of energy,” he says, “and it just has to get out.” In addition, athletic trainer Henrik Kuchno regularly provides the professionals with exercises for physical exercise. In the event that it becomes unacceptable at some point, Wolf has bought a fabric ball that you can shoot yourself against the walls of old buildings.
“Basically I have a very regular daily routine,” says Wolf and laughs. Apart from short trips to the balcony, he hasn’t left his own four walls for a week. “I have never experienced that in this form.” Friends have done the shopping, the Hertha professional says, and distributed a few bars of chocolate as a thank you to the neighbors for their consideration.
Wolf passes the time on the game console
The residents may already have heard a sound that could not be identified without a doubt: if, for example, the controller of a game console flies through the room or onto the floor, because the damned characters are once again not doing what they want Have commanded thumb and index finger. Passionate “gamers” are known to tend to such outbreaks. And Wolf is a passionate gamer, unsurprisingly he prefers the world’s most popular soccer simulation. “I now know exactly when my boys are online and when we can compete against each other,” says Wolf. So much for the fun part.
However, there are also a lot more serious, important questions these days. Football professionals like Wolf, for example, keep hearing the question of whether they would forego part of their salary out of solidarity or would otherwise do charitable work. “Of course this is also an issue within the team,” says Wolf, “I think we will find a reasonable regulation with which we can help players.”
Finally the clubs in times of crisis are not only missing firmly planned TV money, but also the income from their home games . Nevertheless, at the moment there are indications that the season can only be brought to an end if at all under one condition: that there are numerous ghost games. “This is probably inevitable, because many are waiting for it to start again,” says Wolf, adding: “Before the fans can’t see any football, they prefer to watch the games on TV. At least that’s how it would be for me. ”