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You are grown up and the football is more present than ever

If you go over to turn the passers-by still after them. This may be due to the fact that they have lost a bit of youthfulness. But perhaps also because the combination of striking voices and a distinctive Basler dialect is unmistakable. You, Phillip, and David Degen , the most famous footballing twins in the country.

On a cold December day, the 35 sit-Year-old in a Zurich hotel lounge and have something to bring, what is in your life now rar: time. "In the past, we still had plenty," says Philipp. He means the years in which he and his brother were still footballer and with their effervescent temperament as some of the Club busy.

are your phones on the table vibrate continuously.

The sweaty Jersey, they have traded now against wrinkle-free shirts. The Degens are no players more, but in the scene still present. More than ever: you run a Management Agency for a footballer.

their phones on the table vibrate continuously. At some point it gets annoying to the brothers. A last, scrutinizing look, then you turn your smartphone, so that you can tell a how from you business men have been. Business men who are constantly on the go, to talk with many people: players, they advise players who will advise you, maybe soon, but also coaches, sports leaders, presidents, and other agents. The brothers have begun in the spring of 2016. It was an entry without notice.

David wanted to do not

David was after his resignation in 2014, somehow saturated by football. He sought the progress, began a course of study in business. During his active time, he was rather successful business as a nutrition plans of the Coach. A future career in football seemed to have no Option. To brother Philip in 2016, also resigned, and had the idea to establish a joint company.

David was to be the beginning of a little done. But Philip wouldn't let it go. He reminded his brother of the doubts that plague a footballer during his career. These days and weeks, in which the thoughts. Due to unsuccessful performances, cold nights on the bench or the lack of contract offers.

Too often, the brothers felt as a player ill-advised.

"With whom could you speak in such moments? Who could put into you?", Philipp asked. Too often the brothers as players felt they were ill-advised, is not understood. Philip pushed: "Dave, we can talk with the players eye-to-eye, because we have experienced it all myself." David nodded. It marked the birth of their Agency.

Since its founding in the spring of 2016, a lot has happened. The Agency now employs around 20 people. The Portfolio consists of about 100 players, including hopeful names such as Gregor Kobel (Augsburg), Julian Vonmoos (Basel), Raphael Dwamena (Levante), Petar Pusic (GC) or Kevin Rüegg and Toni Domgjoni (both FCZ).

"This is not a Two-Man-Show" – eight times of you to say this afternoon. Photo: Fabienne Andreoli

your Vision of the sword Packed up in three letters: SBE. They are available for Sports, Business and Entertainment. "It should not just sound good," explains David. "Everything has a reason." The twins, back to back, practically synchronous to a piece with your chair to explain afterwards, gestures, what you want to do differently than the competition, and how their Vision of a global Agency network looks like.

The brothers speak of the many stages on which a footballer now has to convince. On the lawn, in the social networks, sponsors, and press events. Because the business was becoming more and more complex, they would have brought in for each topic area experts into the boat, the move to a "Champions League level". Deep in the sword. So, your marketing expert, for example, has organized campaigns for Helene Fischer.

"we and only We decide who we take."David Degen

violence is Although the decision in the end if you don't see the twins as leaders. "This is not a Two-Man Show," emphasises Philipp. Eight times they mention that this afternoon. The brothers see themselves as a crosslinking agent.

If a new player is in the room, sit together with your Team and analyze for the first time in detail: potential in the Sport, but also as an advertising medium, as a Social Media figure, as a role model for the young. This is a concept that shows where the player can and should. "We decide now, who do we take," says David. Means: The Agency it goes well.

money earned by the Agency only in the case of transfer transactions, contract renewals, or marketing contracts. Not infrequently a Talent brings over three, four years, no Swiss francs. "Each player is an Investment," says David. And Investments you do not to let out of sight. A want to have the twins will never be accused of: that a player has not extracted the Maximum out of yourself, because you have missed something. Therefore, they give the busy. 365 days in a year.

The former national player will lead a restless life. In this week's mid-December, Philipp appointments in London, Zurich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Mainz, and London again. David also has overseas appointments in England and Germany. In the meantime, it is sufficient for a stop-over in the Agency in Schindellegi. More specifically, the twins will not be – after all, the Winter transfer period.

Diligently, 365 days in a year

Seven days, the brothers, who still live in a joint WG have indulged in, in this year, a break on the beach. Where they spent, ultimately, yet again, more time on the phone than on the sun. The brothers laugh mischievously. The way it works for you. Busily. 365 days in a year.

The twins move in a profession that is fighting all of this credibility. Philip says: "In this Business, many decisions are profit-oriented and often not in the sense of the player." Of course, the sword want to make money. Only you are, as you say, financially independent. David says: "We can advise, have to a decision because of the money cases."

"There are people that talk bad about you."Philipp Degen

But carefree was not then at the beginning of everything. After getting the twins had to convince the people in the industry that you are now grown up. Many saw in them still the footballer of the time: emotional, extroverted, wound up. Some people in the scene have, even today, resentment against them. Indifferent is it to you, but you have learned to deal with it. Philip says: "There are always people who talk bad about you, it's part of the game."

In the eyes of David they would not have changed in character. "But we have adjusted our behavior." You had to learn, affects not contain, to react out of Emotion. To go home and reflect. For you, burning for action, a particular challenge.

Sometimes, the brothers have but still these playful moments. This afternoon, as you will need for a image outside, Philip is immediately around the corner disappears and a little later beaming with a borrowed E-Scooter returns.

at some point, the question comes up, where the path of a footballer, Philipp and David Degen would have led if they had then had such advisers, as you are now. You hesitate for a moment and say: "We have done more." Philip, therefore, more than Liverpool, and David more than Gladbach.

The ambitious Vision

in The past, is no longer interested in the twins. You focus on the present, the next conversation, the next negotiation. In the last few months, clear roles have emerged. When it comes to something to enforce, David. He who claims to fear nothing, except for diseases. Philipp is for the harmony to be responsible.

Nor are they particularly interested in the markets in Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland. As this ambitious Vision, that if international of good football management is out of the question – once the Name of SBE falls. If the sword, go, don't turn around just passers-by after them. But also the competitors in the industry.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 07.01.2019, 20:55 PM

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