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Christian Schäfer - Der Professor

Can the librarian from Dresden revolutionise football?
Started on 3 April 2016 by Justice
Latest Reply on 25 June 2018 by Justice
Interesting to see how certain wonderkids have developed, best of luck in your new role!
A librarian in charge of the Samba Kings, wonders will never cease.
Was Germany job available then?????

Anyway Brazil's not that great, but under you anything can happen

Still feeling bad about the feeling of someone destroying Dresden on the back of your work :(
Looking forward to what magic you can work for Brazil!
good luck and yes i will follow for sure
All, thanks for all the encouraging comments! And yes, the Germany job was available, but I had no interest in taking it at the time.
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6 yearsEdited

Samba Soccer Seduced Schäfer

Brazil's New Manager Speaks To The Press Following His Appointment


Romário: "We are delighted to announce that Christian Schäfer has agreed to become the new manager of the Seleção. He will begin in his new role immediately and will look to take charge of the national team in the next fixture against Russia at the end of August. Christian is here today to answer any of your questions but I do ask you to be mindful that he is not fluent in our language and may find difficulties in understanding some of what you may have to ask."

Ronaldo: "As my esteemed colleague has rightly said, we are absolutely chuffed to have Christian working with us. A country with a standing such as ours in football should be performing much better than we have been. No major trophy in fifteen years is an inexcusable disappointment, and we believe that Christian can be the man to turn our fortunes around and bring the glory back to Brazil."

Christian Schäfer: "It is a great honour and a privilege like no other to be here today, working alongside two of the greatest players in football history. As a youngster, I watched these two play in World Cups, showcasing their talents. Here I am today, having been tasked with guiding their nation to hopefully bring back the glory of the past. It will be no easy task, I can assure you, but nothing good in life comes without a challenge."

Christian, we understand that you had a number of offers on the table. What was the reasoning behind taking this job over the others?"

Christian Schäfer: "Yes, there were other opportunities for me in other countries. I carefully considered every possibility before choosing what I felt was right for me. In the end, it was the prospect of the Brazilian culture and how football is celebrated here which enticed me. Football is celebrated and performed a little differently in Germany and when I left Dresden, I decided that I wanted to experience something different, something which would open up my eyes and help me to experience how football can be played and celebrated differently. Coming here to Brazil, in my eyes, is the perfect opportunity to learn and to discover new ways of performing the same fundamental task on the football pitch; beating the opponent. Brazil have won five World Cups, more than anybody else. The football played here is unique in its own right and I want to learn how this is possible. Of course I could watch Brazil play football on the television, but I felt I need to be in the thick of the action to fully understand what Samba Soccer is all about. I want to breath it in, feel the flow of the ball, the sound of the crowd cheering on their idols. This is what I want."

What are your objectives with Brazil in terms of competition performances?

Christian Schäfer: "Well firstly we have a couple of friendlies which we would certainly like to prove our worth and claim victory in. October will bring the Superclásico fixture against Argentina. From my understanding, there is no better atmosphere in the world than at this fixture every year. The two greatest footballing nations competing against one-another to claim the bragging rights. This is a fixture that leaves me too excited to sleep. We want to win this and bring pride to the nation. Next year is the Copa América, and we want to challenge for this trophy. Bringing this competition home would be fantastic for the players and for the country, and would elevate our stature to a place closer to where it belongs. As for beyond next year? Only time will tell."

Christian Schäfer Was Seduced By The Attacking Flair Of Brazil's Samba Soccer

What style of football do you plan to bring to the Seleção?

Christian Schäfer: "Samba soccer, of course. This is a fundamental way of playing football here in this country and I must stick to these traditions. I wish for us to play exciting, fast-paced attacking football which relies heavily on the technical abilities which the players possess. With Dresden, my approach was perhaps very defensive at times, and we conceded less than a goal per game as a result. There are certain defensive philosophies which I will impose in order to cut down opposition attacks, but our focus will chiefly be on creating as many goals as we possibly can."

Romário, what about Christian Schäfer made him stand out above the other candidates?

Romário: "Christian is a young enthusiastic manager with an appetite for learning. His experience with Dresden is certainly a good display of what he is capable of. With limited resources, he masterminded the transformation of a club in the third division, creating a side which won the UEFA Champions League. Players love to work for him, which was vitally important in our selection process, and he loves to work with players. I can envisage Christian having a very positive working relationship with the players and helping them reach new heights in their careers."

Christian, Neymar is now thirty years old. What role do you envisage him having for Brazil now that he is reaching his twilight years?

Christian Schäfer: "Neymar's abilities as a footballer are undeniable. He has been a key part in FC Barcelona's success ever since joining, helping them to two Champions League titles (2015 & 2020), and he has grown as a player ever since. In fact, I do believe he was voted third in the last FIFA Ballon d'Or award, which only showcases just how good a player he is. Yes, he is now thirty years old, but his technical and physical abilities are as strong as ever, and his experience of playing for top teams is second-to-none. He is the captain of this country, the top goalscorer in its history, and very close to breaking the record for appearances. Neymar is the country's hero and will always have a place in the team while I'm in charge."

Last question, Christian. You do not speak Portuguese. Will this prove to be a problem?

Christian Schäfer: "There might be a few communication problems at first which could make things confusing at times, but I have a translator who I trust to assist me in my roles. I will, of course, be undertaking extensive lessons in the language so that I can become fully equipped to manage the side. I am hungry for success and excited about the future, and this will help me through any initial difficulties that I will face."

Previous Update: #15 - Welcome To The Seleção
Next Update: #17 - Brazil Squad: August-September 2022
Nice interview
What?? Amazing bro! Very good details and a good interview. Keep it up!
Great interview mate! Good luck in bringing Brazil back to the levels they used to be at! But not at Englands expense ;)
thats quite an appointment! Good luck!
Great update! :)
All thanks guys! mgriffin2012, it is my goal to absolutely humiliate England :P
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6 yearsEdited

Brazil Squad: August-September 2022

Christian Schäfer Named A Squad For His First Fixtures As Brazil Manager

There are no surprises to be announced in Christian Schäfer's first Brazil squad, as he calls up an almost full-strength side. Vice-captain Marquinhos is the only true casualty, as he misses out with a broken leg suffered in the World Cup. Otherwise, the squad is as strong as ever. With an average of 25.21, the squad has a good mix of experience and of youth.

21 year old goalkeeper Flávio could be in line for his first cap, having impressed for current club Palmeiras in recent months. 22 year old full-back Jonathan is also in line for his first cap, after starring for Juventus in both of their Champions League play-off fixtures. Neymar (132 caps) needs just 12 more appearances for Brazil to break Cafú's record of 143 caps.

Key Players

It is the captain Neymar who Christian Schäfer will be looking to in his first set of fixtures as Brazil manager. The thirty year old Barcelona forward has all the skills required to be a threat anywhere in the attacking third. His dribbling ability is second-to-none in the world at this time, and his pace makes him a handful for defenders. His ability to create chances for himself and for others makes him the side's key creator, while set-piece ability is one to be wary of.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Malcom is likely to be heavily involved, having started the season brightly. With three goals and an assist in five games so far this season, Malcom has started like a house on fire and will be looking to cement his place in Schäfer's side before the Superclásico in October. Malcom is a somewhat similar player to Neymar, with fantastic dribbling ability and pace. His creativity will prove to be a thorn in the side of opposition defenders, and he will be looking to be involved in the goal action against Russia and Bosnia.

FC Bayern München's midfield maestro Thiago Maia will be pulling the strings in midfield. He has made a positive start to the season, scoring twice in his team's three games, and earning an 8.17 average rating. A defensive midfielder by trade, Thiago Maia is also well equipped to start attacks and become heavily involved in the build-up play. His extensive experience, despite being just 25 years old, spreads over 230 league games to date. In previous years, Christian Schäfer has described Thiago Maia as "impenetrable", during the German's time at Dynamo Dresden as manager. He will surely become a crucial cog in Schäfer's machine.

International Fixtures

Christian Schäfer's first games in charge of the Seleção will come against Russia at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, and against Bosnia & Herzegovina at the Emirates Stadium in London, England. Brazil are favourites to come out victorious in both fixtures, on paper, but we are likely to see tight-fought games as Schäfer experiments with his squad and with tactical set-ups ahead of October's Superclásico against fierce rivals Argentina.

Previous Update: #16 - Samba Soccer Seduced Schäfer
Next Update: #18 - Schäfer Makes Good Of Brazil Opportunity
Good luck in your first two matches

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