Concentrated competence from A to Z: the AZ columnists for the 2022 World Cup

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The World Cup in Qatar will open on Sunday. A chain of six experts is on the starting line for AZ every day: Jean-Marie Pfaff, Caro Matzko, Julia Simic, Bernd Schneider, Klaus Fischer and Marie Lang.Für die Klub-WM in Katar: Die Profis des FC Bayern.Für die Klub-WM in Katar: Die Profis des FC Bayern.

On Sunday, the time has come when the self-proclaimed king of football again claims his sole place on the throne of public attention. At the World Cup in the desert emirate of Qatar (November 20 to December 18), the nation will again be chosen, which can then be celebrated as world champion for four years. And what could be better than debating, discussing, exchanging ideas, talking shop, making predictions about this most beautiful minor matter in the world (sorry, King football)?

This is exactly what your evening newspaper will do again during the World Cup – competent, far-sighted, witty and entertaining. We have set up an AZ columnist chain of six that will provide you, dear readers, with insights and views on a daily basis.

Here is the competence team from A to Z:

Klaus Fischer: The striker legend from Zwiesel, the undisputed king of the fallback, who scored the goal of the century with this feat on November 16, 1977. With 268 goals (in 535 Bundesliga games), the now 71-year-old is the third most successful goalscorer in league history (behind Gerd Müller, and Robert Lewandowski). In the national team, the vice-world champion of 1982 managed to score 32 goals in 45 matches.

Julia Simic: The German former international was active for the women of FC Bayern from 2005 to 2013, most recently she played in Italy for the traditional club AC Milan, she also works as an expert for the Sky channel.

Jean-Marie Pfaff: The goalkeeper icon played at FC Bayern from 1982 to 1988. The now 58-year-old was world goalkeeper of the year in 1987. With Belgium he became vice European champion in 1980 and in 1986 he failed with the Belgian national team only in the World Cup semi-finals in 1986 against Argentina for the incomparable and unforgettable Diego Maradona.

Marie Lang: The Munich native has also turned her footwork into a profession. The 35-year-old was kickboxing world champion for many years before she ended her unique career this year. Lang is a big football fan and has been a regular guest at the Allianz Arena for many years.

Caro Matzko: What would Oliver Hardy have been without Stan Laurel (“Thick and Goofy”)? What would Hannes Ringlstetter be without Caro Matzko? With Matzko, a sharp (but empathetic) mind and a sharp (but never hurtful) tongue come together. All this is paired with a good portion of wit and the rare ability to take a slightly different look at what is happening.

Bernd Schneider: The Snix – hardly any player embodies the grown playing culture in German football like him. His nickname “the white Brazilian” speaks for itself and actually says it all. Schneider was runner-up twice and was in the DFB Cup final twice. With Leverkusen, he narrowly lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in 2002, all vice-Kusen jokes are banned here. In the national team, he played 81 international matches (four goals), at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, he was second in each case, at the summer fairytale home World Cup in 2006, he took third place with Germany.

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