Sports & Politics

Talk, and that's a good thing!

Anyone who opens their browser at the moment is confronted with reports about the death of young Kasia Lenhardt, ex-girlfriend of Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng. Speculation about the exact circumstances of the suspected suicide - cyberbullying, broken heart, slander - alternates with conspiracy theories - do Boateng's "Illuminati" tattoos mean more than increasing his own coolness factor?

On the beach with long trousers?

Karla Borger and Julia Sude, the beach volleyball duo, ranked 16th in the world, are currently boycotting the tournament in Qatar because of the dress code. A beach volleyball tournament is to take place there in March, for which the authorities have imposed clear dress codes on the female athletes: Knee-length trousers and shirts instead of sporty-sexy sports bikinis.

The German girls now have to pick up the pace

It's blow by blow


It's getting serious again: the German women's national soccer team is trying to determine where it stands this year with eleven international matches planned, because coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has the ambition to build on old successes. Next year, the European Championship in England is on the agenda, followed a year later by the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, for which qualifying begins in the second half of 2021, then - if all goes well - the Olympic Games in 2024 and finally the European Championship in 2025.

Picture: DFB

The DFB's truce is only a façade

Ring free for the next round

The heroes are exhausted, and so are their squires. In the Middle Ages, the opponents negotiated a castle peace, because neither the castle was stormed nor the attacks really repelled. Such "peace" was of course not worth the parchment on which it was sealed; rather, it served merely as a respite. To lick wounds, seek new allies, sharpen swords, organise new gunpowder and supplies.