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“So Rangnick has the players on his side.”

“So Rangnick has the players on his side.”

…euphoria surrounding the team: This is noticeable and it is important that we allow the fans to be close to the team, as in the general training in Windischgarsten in front of 3,000 fans. Then you can get it back. The team has been carrying this enthusiasm for months.

…Sports objectives of the European Championships: It's a balancing act. On the one hand, you should take a realistic approach. There is a difficult road ahead. On the other hand, I don't believe in running in Germany without courage and without big goals. Confidence is required, but arrogance is not. This middle ground must be found. The Round of 16 is the target now and that will be difficult enough.

… Personality of the Austrian national team: Only recently during discussions about the European Championship awards did I see how consistent our boys are. This was a build and was completed in two appointments. We quickly agreed a performance-based model with the Players' Council consisting of Alaba, Arnautovic, Spitzer and Laimer.

… Team leader Rangnick, who described him as “demanding”: It deals rigorously with all kinds of topics and calls for critical questions to be asked of different sectors. You may have some voice messages from him on your cell phone. At the top level, you can't help but be very successful, even if there are moments that are not pleasant for some people. It's not a bad thing to be fussy, otherwise you'll end up frying in your own juices. It's not always easy for those around him, but he has players on his side.

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… The possibility of linking Rangnick to the German Football Association after 2026 until 2028: At the stage when he was thinking about going to Bayern, it was important for me to tell him that we could imagine it. But we didn't talk about that in detail. It's not about financial issues, it's not about content, in which areas it can have a greater impact.

…the desire for a new national stadium and the possible location, in which Styria has also recently been involved: For us, Vienna is obviously the first contact and we are well connected with the city, and more recently also with the federal government. The topic has gained momentum recently. We want to involve many professional associations and not just demand a football stadium. You need to design it so that you can accommodate a lot of things, including concerts. Then it will also be interesting for investors. Regarding Styria, I don't know of any concrete plans yet.