Stefan Kiessling has in an interview today on Express.de been quoted as saying that Joachim Löw had ‘booted him out’ of the German team. The term ‘booted out’ (a translation of the German “Ausbootung” used in the interview) has, in itself, caused maximum dramatic impact and visual imagery, and, I am sure, the desired effect of mass exposure in the media and social networks.
While naturally Mr Kiessling is entitled to claim, within the realms of free speech, exactly what he wishes, to my mind the article raises several questions.
In October 2013 there was a meeting between Joachim Löw and Stefan Kiessling, at which both Rudi Völler and Sami Hyypia of Bayer Leverkusen were present. This, as far as I am aware, was the last time there was any discussion of the selection or non-selection of Kiessling for the German national team involving the parties concerned. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong in this respect.
Shortly after this meeting, at the press conference for the Ireland World Cup qualifier, Joachim Löw stated “”If necessary I do have Stefan’s number, and I don’t have a problem changing my opinion. I know I can come back to him, that’s why I didn’t close the door”.
Hardly the ‘booting out’ Kiessling is now, nearly three months later, claiming.
The comments today appear even stranger when you consider that back in August 2013, Kiessling himself announced that he had no intention of playing for Germany under Löw and that talk of the issue ‘annoyed him’. A rather different standpoint to that which he is now adopting.
So, regardless on whether you believe Kiessling should be playing for Germany, might we all ask ourselves these questions:
1. At what point has Löw booted Kiessling out now or at any time in the past, or given any firm indication that it is his intention never to consider him again? Indeed the only person ever to have excluded Kiessling from the German National Team has been Kiessling himself, at the last count on at least three separate occasions, each time announcing his decision through his favoured means of communication – the tabloid press.
2. If it was in fact the meeting in October where Kiessling was told that he had no future in the German team, and Löw subsequently misrepresented what was said at the meeting, how come neither Kiessling, nor indeed Völler or Hyypia who were present at the meeting, came out immediately to contradict Löw and correct what he had actually said? One would expect anyone who had just attended a meeting, and where one party then misrepresented what had occurred, to retort immediately with the correct version.
The more you read into it, the less it adds up. I smell something very strange, perhaps it’s that certain piece of mouldy cheese still lurking somewhere at the back of the fridge?