Herzog interview - Telling the "Lutscher" story again
15.03.2012, 08:48:01 Uhr
You have already experienced a real highlight as the Americans surprisingly beat Italy.
Andreas Herzog: Yeah, I guess you have to become assistant coach in America before you beat Italy for the first time in your life. It was only a test match, but you would rather win than lose. And there is so much emotion in the Americans' game. It is absolutely amazing what goes on on the bench.
Andreas Herzog: So, for once and for all, here are the details. When he came to Bremen from Aachen, he was one of the really good ones. You could tell that right away. But he also was one of the really cheeky ones. He was often allowed to play the circle game with the oldies, which included Oli Reck and myself. One time, Oli Reck played the ball to Torsten and he made an error. When Oli Reck ordered Torsten to go into the middle, Torsten shouted back: "Be quiet you dummy (Lutscher). If you can't make a decent pass then go to (then Bremen coach) Kalli Kamp and get warmed up." That happened with a number of older players. And then one day, I told Torsten: "Torsten, you know what, it's you who is the dummy (Lutscher)." Things had turned on him. And the name was born.
One final question: On Saturday, Werder travel to Dortmund. Are you pushing for Werder against Dortmund?
Andreas Herzog: For sure.
Interview by Michael Rudolph