Mertesacker disappointed by Ballack and Klose

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Per Mertesacker stayed cool during the inevitable bath in the ice buoy. But during his farewell speech in the middle circle of the world championship arena at Maschsee, the 2014 world champion couldn’t and didn’t want to hold back his tears anymore.

“I would never have dreamed that I could play again in Hannover in front of such a scenery. What a farewell,” the 34-year-old shouted to the more than 40,000 spectators, interrupted several times by quiet sobs. Also thanks to the amazingly large backdrop after twelve Mertesacker years in Bremen and London, 300,000 euros were raised for his foundation for the benefit of disadvantaged young people from the greater Hanover area.

But despite all the euphoria: the absence of two long-time companions felt like a bad low blow for the 104-time national player. Miroslav Klose preferred a short vacation; Michael Ballack was even still on the match report sheet, but then stayed away from his criticism of national coach Joachim Löw “Mertes Homecoming”, the official title, for fear of questions.

Per Mertesacker Honours 

Club 

Werder Bremen 
  • DFB-Pokal: 2008–09
Arsenal 
  • FA Cup: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
  • FA Community Shield: 2015, 2017

International 

Germany 
  • FIFA World Cup: 2014

DFB-Pokal

“Those who didn’t come didn’t deserve Hanover either,” the defender told the audience in the stadium, in later interviews he became even clearer: “I’ll have to consider whether to delete one or the other number. Such cancellations are painful, there is no reward for the organisation behind them. Especially when you know that four people have been working for this day for months.”

At the after-show party, however, Mertesacker’s joy about an all-round successful conclusion after 534 professional games within 15 years prevailed. “This is something that will last forever. I think people appreciate what I stand for. Maybe I am a small role model, I would be happy”, said the 1.98 m longest national player in German football history.

The central defender received the highest recognition from his team manager of many years, Arsene Wenger, who had obviously enjoyed coming to Germany. “We coaches demand that the players get the most out of themselves. Per was a very good example in this area: Always 100 percent professional and focused. For me it was a great stroke of luck,” said the Alsatian, who had been coach of FC Arsenal for 22 years, praising the German model professional.

Now Mertesacker is returning to the Gunners, where he has been in charge of the junior academy since September 1. But the return to Hanover is already planned – for some time: “Because this city will always remain my home”. BetChan is one of the popular online casino gaming site today and also has a wide selections of gaming options to choose from.

Ex-Bavarian talent Dale Jennings now works for Amazon

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Not every career leads steeply upwards

In 2011, Dale Jennings (25) was still regarded as one of the greatest talents in English football. The then 18-year-old wing forward switched from third-league club Tranmere Rovers to FC Bayern Munich for almost 2.3 million euros.

Everything looked like a bright future for the German record champion. But it came quite differently.

Today, in October 2018, Jennings dares a new start at Runcorn Town. In the 9th English League. He had been clubless for almost three years before, and during this time he hardly ever played a football. To feed his family – girlfriend Abby and children Mila (4), Meadow (2) and Noah (1) – he even had to take a job in a warehouse of the online retailer Amazon.

English League

His last seven years – more of a nightmare than the dream of an 18-year-old talent.

Integration in Germany fails. Jennings has a hard time with language, eats the wrong food. In his apartment, a whole cupboard is filled only with ready-to-eat pasta dishes!

In addition there is overestimation of one’s own self. Jennings to the “Daily Mail”: “I was immature in time and just thought it would last forever. I thought I was better than I actually was. Now I have grown up. I got that into my head now.”

And he continues: “Back then, everything was out of my mind because I wasn’t aware of how big the change from Tranmere to the Bavarians was. You torture yourself with it. What if I had tackled it differently? What if I had had a different attitude”?

But Bayern will only be able to play 36 regional league matches in their second team. In 2013, he will return to England from homesickness. But Barnsley and the Milton Keynes Dons in the 3rd league don’t get any better either. On February 2, 2016, the Dons terminate their contract with Jennings. The former top talent is unemployed at the age of 23.

But with the help of his wife he makes it through this crisis. Jennings: “I wasn’t mentally up to all the pressure. Without Abby, I wouldn’t be sitting here today, ready to play. I was put under too much pressure. We talked a lot about it. Every day. There were tears. She always stood by me. There you can see who your family and friends are.

But the next setback comes soon: In 2017 his eldest daughter Mila is diagnosed with leukaemia. Jennings: “At last only my daughter counted, nothing else. Mentally, you suffer so badly there. I’ve been struggling for so long, but when there was finally positive news, I knew I had to make a comeback.”

Now the time has come! For his family he wants to make the return to professional football. Runcorn manager Chris Herbert: “He’s lost his way a bit, but I met with Dale and he’s doing everything in his power to resurrect his career. He wants to lie to his critics.” PWR.Bet just launched this year 2018.

It won’t be easy – the start in the 9th league is just a small step. Jennings is nevertheless optimistic: “I’ve often been written off. That just pours oil into my fire. I love to show people that they are wrong and I want to do that for my family. I will give everything I have.”