Cars Arena dilapidated: VfB Friedrichshafen has no hall
VfB Stuttgart: Mario Gomez expected to end his career
© Imago Images / press photo pack Former international Mario Gomez is likely to end his career with VfB Stuttgart after promotion to the Bundesliga. "It was my absolute goal to say goodbye here as a first division player," the 34-year-old told SID at an appointment from Mercedes-Benz. The decision was not a process for him, "I was certain at the beginning of the season that we would be promoted." Therefore, he made the decision, "It will be my last year here at VfB, in Germany and most likely i
The ZF Arena is dilapidated and must be closed forever, announced the former Champions League winner on Friday. The reason for the closure of the hall is corrosion on the steel cables of the roof structure.
"Even if there is no acute risk of collapse, the experts cannot rule out a latent risk, especially when there is snow load," said the city of Friedrichshafen in a separate press release. A renovation is not advisable because of the age of the hall and further damage to the outer facade.
City proposes moving to an exhibition hall.
VfB currently does not want a Gomez replacement - financial situation tense
According to the current status, VfB Stuttgart will not be obliged to replace former striker Mario Gomez. © Photo: Marijan Murat / dpa sports director at VfB Stuttgart: Sven Mislintat. «Yes, that's conceivable, at the moment even realistic. Since Erik Thommy comes back and can play on the wing, Nicolas Gonzalez or Silas Wamangituka could also move to the storm center, »said VfB sports director Sven Mislintat in an interview with the German press agency.
It is not yet clear where the VfB professionals will play their home games in the future and how training can be maintained. The club learned a week ago that the hall was threatened with closure and has been looking for alternative options since then, said VfB managing director Thilo Späth-Westerholt. The city suggested moving to one of the exhibition halls in Friedrichshafen.
After the previous season was canceled in mid-March due to the corona crisis, VfB is now being hit hard again. However, because of the ongoing pandemic, a maximum of a few hundred spectators could have come to the home games anyway. "It's an extremely difficult situation for us now," said head coach Michael Warm. In order to further prepare the team for the new season, he is also considering a training camp.
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© picture alliance / dpa Boats at the Interboot in Friedrichshafen. Although the economy is shrinking and unemployment is rising, many Germans are buying boats. “Speedboats, inflatables, life jackets,” fired Christoph Steinkuhl. "Electric motors, stand-up boards - to date we have sold everything that goes on the water," says the managing director of the Hamburg boat outfitter A. W. Niemeyer. "In some cases we could no longer deliver." Like his company, many German manufacturers felt in the Coro