Hamburg (dpa) – 37 years after his last assignment for Hamburger SV, Horst Hrubesch has returned to the traditional club. As a young director, the 69-year-old former international and DFB coach takes over responsibility for the talent development of the second-class team.
“The HSV was and is always my club,” the former “head monster” said enthusiastically on the HSV homepage on Friday and promised: “Realizing the current situation, I will try to do my bit to improve the overall sport situation. “
Hrubesch was unable to tolerate contemplative retirement for a long time. Only a year and a half after his retirement, the former striker is withdrawn to the football base. “Now that I am retired and actually wanted to enjoy my free time with my wife and family, things are different,” said the former striker, who scored 133 goals in 211 games in the HSV shirt. He emphasized that he was “absolutely convinced” by sports director Jonas Boldt and his team and wanted to participate “in the holistic restructuring”.
When Hrubesch left HSV in 1983 after five years, the team of trainer Ernst Happel had just become German champion and had won the European Cup for the national champions. The shine has long faded. Now the club is in the third year of the third division.
The second failed attempt to return to the Bundesliga should be sufficient for those in charge, Hrubesch said. “It should definitely no longer be about individual people, but only about the HSV. The motto” Only the HSV “actually describes everything”, emphasizes the native Westphalian.
Hrubesch is experienced in handling talent. From 2000 to 2016, he worked in the youth department of the DFB in various positions. In 2008 he became European champion with the U19 and 2009 with the U21, in 2016 he won the silver medal with the Olympic selection in Rio de Janeiro. Boldt praised his new addition to having a “tremendously valuable wealth of experience”. When dealing with young footballers, “he strikes the right tone and is also a real HSV player.” However, humble Hrubesch has one wish: the media should not drag him to the center of the reporting.