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German football legend : The Alps, the volcano Hans Zach is 70

There is this anecdote with the bus driver. To its glory days as a hockey national coach Hans Zach in about the Best: the driver of The team bus got on time to

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German football legend : The Alps, the volcano Hans Zach is 70

There is this anecdote with the bus driver. To its glory days as a hockey national coach Hans Zach in about the Best: the driver of The team bus got on time to leave and cannot wait for late players. Late even Zach himself, which of course was unthinkable, and the bus driver to wait for him, then it would be released "immediately". The Driver Of The Bus. But there are other stories that contradict the Image from the hard hitting rule man Zach. Thus, the angular Tölzer in his role as club coach of the düsseldorf EC after two lost on to play the said semi-final in 1991 against Rosenheim, the team is frustrated: Now I don't know anything more, are you doing this alone. Three victories later, the DEG was in the finals of that League.

Who knows whether the get. Hans Zach is finally a jokes machine. One of the stage. Approximately one and a half hours before an international pawed the national coach Hans Zach game the journalists and told with a hard face and a hushed voice, as the next opponent with the fight and will be overcome. Questions were allowed, and were mostly answered with loud, almost. It is something that in professional sport, is unthinkable.

penchant for self-dramatization

On Saturday, the knarzige Upper Bavaria is 70 years old. And one can say for sure: Hans Zach has shaped the public image of the German ice-hockey for a long time. This man, "the drink is the only Bayer water to pork". Hard shell, soft core, this Image has Zach cared for. And he does that even today, it is to him to have been given on the way. A few days ago the ice hockey pensioners and master butcher has told them that his mother just two days after giving birth at 30. March, 1949, at 1. April, I again stood behind the counter in the family's own butcher's shop at the Tölzer market street. "People thought it was an April fool's joke." The with the child.

But Hans Zach's no April fool's joke. He is a man with a moot and a spirited disposition and a penchant for self-dramatization. The title of his 2003 autobiography reads: "I, of the Alps, the volcano". Of course. But Zach, the man who has kept the German ice hockey in difficult times, a large part of the way life is. It would be an exaggeration to say that it would have been without Zach's involvement in the first decade of the new Millennium, the great successes of the national team in the current decade – the world Cup-Fourth in 2010 and silver at the Olympic games in 2018-not given, but Zach has already caused a piece of the floor.

With the Federal coach Zach rose to the team in the year 2000, from the sinking of the B-group and reached a year later in a sensational quarter-final at the world Championships at home. And the below (from today's point of view) absurd conditions: at that Time there was in the German ice hockey League following the Bosman judgment, hardly any German player, and not a single German first goalkeeper at the club. Zach competed in the world Cup with two spare goalkeepers (Christian Künast and Robert Müller).

Four times German champion

In the case of the two world Cup tournaments, then the team that Zach was even better, great talents such as Denis Seidenberg and Christian Ehrhoff were under him stronger. In 2003, in Finland, failed to Zach with the Team in the quarter-finals in Turku in extra time against the Canadians, the champion of the world, were a week later. Defensive and fight Zach's components and also the strength to renounce on Stars and players who fit in his System. A year later, his critics accused him, that he would play unattractive concrete-ice hockey. He had to go as national coach, after he had missed with the Team at the world Championships in Prague in the quarter-finals almost.

The club coach Hans Zach in Germany has won four titles, three with the city of Düsseldorf, the Hannover Scorpions. In lower Saxony, he had progressively developed into a top team. Develop, and that was a strength of the man as a player in 1982 in Rosenheim, master, and previously in the national team was during the 1976 Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria took Bronze.

The passionate wanderer, Hans Zach, his beautiful upper enjoys today, Bavarian home. Hockey, he pursued especially in Bad Tölz, Germany with his hometown club and dortigem second division. As a critical audience, how to listen. Five years ago, he was the interim coach at the Adler Mannheim. But then it was the end. Hans Zach has chosen the right time for the finish. The modern football is more and more to science, the coaches and analysis of the bars getting bigger. As Hans Zach will always be unthinkable.

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As the Disziplinfan would have Zach as a coach a Leon Draisaitl, on the way to the world's best striker, says that he must do more defensive work? But maybe he could have done that, Zach Hans. He can admits more than him, and a piece is hidden far behind his many anecdotes. Perhaps the few guests that he on Saturday in Tölz in Celebration of his 70. Birth day eigeladen, the real Hans behind it. If at all.

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