Racing Club and Lothar Matthäus or: Lothar Matthäus Ruined My Life

I could have posted this article several days ago, but I didnt. Why? Because, as they say, everybody has their price, and mine is apparently the possibility of a job at Racing. An idea which I had managed to accept as fantasy somewhere on the level of a child wanting to be a cowboy or an astronaut.
But suddenly, when a few days ago Lothar Matthäus was announced as Racings new coach (see below), it all became very real. A friend of mine emailed me and said „hey, you could be his translator.“ I answered something along the lines of how funny that would be. His reply: No, you dont understand. They are going to need people who speak both languages, know the city, and know the club….and not very many people fit that description.

From that point on and for the next two days, nothing else mattered. And when I started trying to see which contacts of relevance I had inside Racing, I realized that after 15 years of hanging out there, talking to people, travelling, etc. these were quite a lot (especially since the crowd that won the last elections comes from the „terraces“). One phone call, and we had the number of a high level executive at the club. Another call, and we had another. And yet another…and we had the number of the Vice President.

On Wednesday I was supposed to call the Vice President and beg him to let me be Matthäuss translator, personal assistant, or whatever. As long as it was in Racing and paid…Id be there in a day. Wednesday morning I wake up, and read in the newspaper that Matthäus cancelled, sending an SMS to Racings president three hours before he was supposed to board a plane to Argentina.

The dream is over, and now I have to somehow return from the fantasy world Ive spent the last few days in and re-enter reality. Veeeeeery difficult.

Anyways, being apparently a sell-out, I chose not publish this article critical of the decision to hire Matthäus, in fear of hurting my chances of getting the job. So here it is now.


This post could begin with the news that Racing has, once again, lost. This time to Newells Old Boys. I could also talk about the 11 games played so far, and the pathetic record of 5 draws and 6 defeats (and six goals scored). I could even also begin with the actually rather interesting news that Racing fans attacked the social center of Independiente and their new stadium with light blue and white paint, even threatening one of the guards at the stadium with a gun in order to gain entry. This is relatively interesting, and would normally be a highlight. Or that Avellaneda has recently been covered in threatening graffiti towards players and management. But, the highlight (if we can call it that) is quite another.

After returning from a few internet free days in France, a friend asked me the question „what was the name of your club exactly again?“ „Racing Club de Avellaneda“ I responded. His answer: „I think you should check the news.“

And the news indeed….Racing hired Lothar Matthäus as new coach!

(Laugh or Cry…)

Two worlds I never thought would meet, suddenly collided. This leads to all sorts of unexpected situations and problems. The main one:

Racing is currently, again, in a battle to not be relegated to second division. An Argentine coach understands that, should such a tragedy occur, Racings fans will burn his home, hunt his family, and lynch him if he isnt able to find refuge in some remote village somewhere in Haiti quickly enough. Matthäus on the other hand, will probably not grasp the gravity of the issue, and if things go badly then he just returns to Germany and forgets the whole affair.

And here the problem gets even worse, because as I live in Germany…the responsibility of making good old Lothar feel the consequences of his failure and hunt his family, burn his home, and chase him into exile will fall upon me. This is bad. Especially because in Argentina, it being a country basically devoid of laws, you can do this and get away with it. Germany on the other hand is quite a different story.

Long story summarized: Racing in second division, Lothar one million dollars richer (its his annual contract), and me in prison. Im not liking these perspectives.

Aside from this „negative utopia,“ some other random thoughts:

-Racing will be talked about more or less regularly in German media. Which means Ill feel obligated to watch every single boring German sports show in the desperate hopes of seeing something about Racing.

-When, as was the case recently while standing in line at the Kebab shop, Racing suddenly appears on television and I start yelling, gesticulating, and singing like a little child in public…people will think that Im insane.

-One of the new reversible jackets were making, has the Racing emblem on it. We figured that there is indeed no practical difference between an imaginary club emblem (such as SC Göteborg 01) and a really existing one which nobody here knows (like Racing). But now, wont we be constantly hearing „isnt that Lothar Matthäuss team?!“

-What is wrong with these people??!! I was quite happy when Racing finally managed to rid itself of the private management and became a club again. I couldnt vote, but would have voted for the management we have now. Sadly, they seem to have done everything they could possibly do wrong…well, wrong. And now, faced with a situation which couldnt really be worse, they think they can correct the problem with a spectacular move like this. The desperation is showing.
With your club in danger of being relegated, how can you hire a guy who says hell only take the job if his wife gets a good modeling job in the country! Needless to say, Racing is currently the joke of the country.

On the bright side, Welt had the following to say about Racing a few days ago:

Racing gehört zu den fünf großen Teams in Argentinien, hat die viertgrößte Anhängerschaft im Land und verzeichnete trotz eines letzten Platzes in der Clausura 2008 den drittbesten Stadionbesuch.


1 Antwort auf „Racing Club and Lothar Matthäus or: Lothar Matthäus Ruined My Life“

  1. 1 Sebastian 30. Oktober 2009 um 5:41 Uhr

    larguisimo! pero lei lo suficinte para entender. estoy ebrio entiendeme, saludos

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