Why can't German Hockey meet the same level of competency as German Football?
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07-13-2010, 12:22 PM
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No, I don't think that Germany will catch up to 7th place with today's structure, today's program and today's teachers. I definitely think that they can keep up with what they have now and probably can push but not overtake the direct opponents. I think it can be - actually it must be - a realistic target to go for 7th in world-ranking. This doesn't need a revolution and a multimillion-euro-campaign. I guess it needs a world-class homebase with decent infrastructur and world-class teachers where the most talented young players have the possibility to improve. Maybe it's not realistic to have this full-year-around - because this would mean full-year school-academy also - but GER should build something for the best talents that they can have additional practice to what they have in their home-team. Additional practice with the best teachers from Germany and the one or the other world-class-teacher e.g. from the US- or Swedish program. These teachers also will have the target to make the best German teachers even better - so in the very end they could do all by themselves. These teachers have to work with the best talents from age 10-18 and give them the possibilities for extra-camps and some extra-months outside their clubs. The clubs still would have their players in the junior-championship-games but GER should in addition try to take part in the best junior-tournaments worldwide to improve and get important experience in games vs Canada, US, Sweden, Russi, Finland, Czech, Slovak, Swiss. This is NOT a perfect program but maybe a realistic one.
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Do you see any of the needed infastructure getting built? If so, who would be likely to fund/build to build the infastructure?
I always thought it would be imperative to have more facilities. With the combination of increased enrollment and top teachers, it would be highly likely to suceed in reaching a higher level.
Do you think there is a possibility to have a program (youth) synonamous with Ajax football club that runs out of the Netherlands?
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