Germany’s Bierhoff: Board to mull axing ‘Die Mannschaft’ brand soon

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German football federation director Oliver Bierhoff has said his board will soon discuss whether to ditch “Die Mannschaft” as the national team’s official brand. The term, which translates as “the team”, has been criticized by the likes of Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke – who sits on the federation (DFB) board – and Germany great Lothar Matthäus, who says the side have not played like a team in recent poor tournaments. “The board will discuss the term in a timely manner. But the discussion should not be emotional, but factual,” Euro 96 winner Bierhoff told the Welt am So…

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