In the land of specialty coffees, Marco Richter was able to enjoy his favorite drink.
"He says to himself that he is a connoisseur and likes to drink cappuccino, and after the match he can drink one or two more," said Maximilian Eggestein SPORT1Ask about his teammate.
At the start of the UEFA U21 European Championship 2019 (numerous matches LIVE on TV at SPORT1) in Udine, Italy, Richter shot the hearts of German fans and gave the defending champion a perfect start in Denmark's 3-1 defeat.
"We had an excellent Marco Richter today, scoring two goals and creating a template, that is the focus," said Benjamin Henrichs enthusiastically, who formed a dangerous pair with the nimble dribbler on the left.
Seven goals in one game
Not Moise Kean, Luka Jovic or Jakob Bruun Larsen dominate the headlines after the kick-off of the European Junior Championships, but the Augsburger Marco Richter. (Program and results of the European U21 Championship)
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At the same time, this rapid rise was unlikely. After eight years in the FC Bayern youth division, the talent changed to the FCA youth team in 2012 at the age of 14. They had not given him the breakthrough in Munich – also because of his not always professional behavior.
At FCA, the trained striker first hit the headlines in 2016 when he scored seven goals in the second team in a game of Regionalliga Bayern. In the DFB the young person was under the radar. Before his first appointment in the U21, he played only once for Germany in the U20 national team.
Breakthrough after the resignation of Baum
Richter was a sloppy talent for a long time. So that he could sleep ten minutes longer in the morning, he usually gave up completely at breakfast.
Only half a year, the 21-year-old works with a nutritionist, work in the gym, he was happy to neglect. Because he had not put his sweater in the right pocket, the spulman made sure that he played a U23 game in unwashed clothing. (Statistics of the U21 European Championship)
"He worked it all out, he worked on physical fitness and that was not easy," his U21 coach Stefan Kuntz told Denmark after the Richter gala.
His biggest sponsor will continue to work for the DFB in the future, with Manuel Baum, who will lead the U20 national team from July. At the FCA, the former junior chef and coach from the Bundesliga side of Richter came up with the youth and the second team worked up to the professionals. Strangely enough, the attacking player's breakthrough only succeeded after Baum's resignation in April.
After not scoring a goal in 19 games this season, the successor to Baum, Martin Schmidt, lost the tying run in the opening game: Eintracht Frankfurt (3-1) and VfB Stuttgart (6-0) beat him in the next game Judge born near Augsburg twice and made sure the FCA outperformed the competition.
Kuntz praises "football field mentality"
Richter also scored his first Bundesliga goal against Frankfurt in February 2018, missing the next three games for an inner tube injury – which he suffered when he cheered on his knees. Richter also had to wait a long time for his breakthrough due to such episodes. Since the commissioning of Schmidt, the offensive flexible talent has been in top form.
Kuntz praised: "He played excellent in the last games with Augsburg and is top fit in preparation." The rather surprising place in the starting line-up "he didn't get a gift", said the U21 coach on Tuesday evening and praised Richter's "football field mentality".
U21 captain Jonathan Tah reported after the game that he likes the quick and agile referee "not in the Bundesliga as an opponent". "And he also worked backwards brutally."
Despite the contract until 2023, soon after the implementation of the European champion opener, larger clubs were soon able to beat Richter. For this case, the FCA already made earlier, on Tuesday morning, the Bavarian Schwaben announced the obligation of Ruben Vargas (Lucerne FC). Just like the jury members, the Swiss can be used on both wings and inherit them at a summer exit.
Judge wants to "keep the trophy up"
Richter himself clearly enjoyed the sudden hype, but stayed on the ground.
We have an extremely high quality in our ranks, each position is double staffed, it makes us feel that we are an extremely cool team and I am just happy to see my friends here. "
He clearly has the goal in sight. "I want to continue to score goals and ultimately keep the trophy."
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