Former Germany captain Michael Ballack’s longtime agent, Michael Brecker, allegedly disparaged the German national team as “a bunch of Gays” in remarks published by Der Spiegel. Translation/transcription supplied by The Guardian’s Kate Connolly :
In an essay entitled New German Men, Aleksander Osang recounts an interview he had with Becker prior to the World Cup in which the agent allegedly told him which of the players in the team were gay. He later said that a former national player was ready to reveal the “bunch of gays” in the German team, according to Osang. Asked about the sexuality of one of the newer players, Becker, who is a lawyer by profession, referred to him as being “half gay”.
Osang went on to say that Becker put the new adroit, lighter and elegant style of play that has become a trademark of trainer Joachim LÃ¶w’s players down to their homosexuality, in contrast to the typically more aggressive and offensive German style of past years, but suggested they played too delicately to assure themselves a place in the final.
According to Der Spiegel, when Becker made his remarks about the “bunch of gays” he expected the ears of fellow journalists present to “prick up”. “But they only nodded placidly,” said Osang. “All sports journalists seemed to already know the alleged homosexual conspiracies enveloping LÃ¶w’s team. The rumours accompanied our team to South Africa and evidently belong to the team.”