Have you ever played a prank on your own children

Hansi and the embarrassing mug cut

Today's children no longer know Hans Dorfner. They do not know that the now 40-year-old was a professional soccer player at 1. FC Nürnberg and Bayern Munich, made 202 appearances in the Bundesliga, played 20 Champions League games, won three German championships and even won the shirt seven times National team wore. But all this tells the young footballer from Upper Palatinate, who grew up in Undorf near Regensburg - in his football school named after him (www.fussballferien.de). He has been touring Bavaria and South Tyrol for twelve years and offers football-enthusiastic children and young people between the ages of eight and 14 courses and camps. Last week "Hansi" Dorfner, his sports teachers and trainers were guests on the grounds of the Post-SV Sieboldhöhe. In an interview, the father of an eleven-year-old son and two daughters aged 15 years and six months talks about his own childhood without pranks, but with a lot of football.

Question: Mr. Dorfner, three words that characterize your childhood.

Dorfner: Will. Stubbornness. Happy.

Your best childhood experience?

Dorfner: The visits to the Munich Olympic Stadium. Getting out of the village, taking the subway, a soccer game. I can still remember my first one: Bayern won 7-1 against Schalke back then.

And your worst experience as a child?

Dorfner: When my specialist came into the combine harvester. I stood by and looked stupid. That was a shocking experience! Luckily, apart from a few scratches, nothing happened to him, he could have been dead.

What pranks did you play on others as a kid?

Dorfner: I was a very good child.

I don't believe you.

Dorfner: Yes, really true! In fact, I was rather shy.

You must have done something in your life.

Dorfner: Oh, a lot, but I won't say that. I was older then. . . (laughs)

If you look at photos from yesteryear today. . .

Dorfner:. . . then I always think: My God, how did I look then! Bad! The hairstyles. . .

Mullet? (Editor's note: short front, long back)

Dorfner: Full barrel! Short front and back a mat! A real mug cut. My aunt always gave me that - extremely embarrassing! But everyone had that back then, some even with schnauzers: Norbert Nachtweih, Klaus Augenthaler, Wiggerl Kögl. The clothing was also brutal.

Your most hideous clothes?

Dorfner: All terrible! For example, a red tank top and red pants. . . I have already said to my mom sometimes: The way you dressed me up back then is unbelievable.

Your favorite game as a child?

Dorfner: Soccer! Day and night! On the street, in the square, in the meadow next to my uncle's farm - everywhere. With the boys from the village and alone. For example, I shot the neighbors' house wall for hours. Continuously. Right, left, instep.

As a child, what career aspirations did you write in "My Friends" albums?

Dorfner: That wasn't asked, but I would certainly have been a professional footballer. Even as a small child, I didn't want to be anything else.

What idol did you have then?

Dorfner: I liked Günter Netzer a lot. I was always that when we bolted in the village. I used to be a shrink-wrapped Gladbach fan with bed linen, a scarf, hats and a jersey. . . Even when I was playing in the Bayern youth team, I still had a Gladbach poster hanging in my room. Until the youth leader came and tore it off my wall. As a child I was a real Bayern hater.

Two weeks ago, Munich and Mönchengladbach opened the Bundesliga season. . .

Dorfner: I was in the Allianz Arena. There was a great atmosphere and the game wasn't bad. But that I once said: awesome, brilliant, what a stroke of genius - that didn't exist. Today I admire Mehmet Scholl, for example: He is one of the few who sometimes do things that you don't expect. I miss that very much in the Bundesliga.

What advice you received as a child will you never forget?

Dorfner: It was more like what my father set an example for me than a specific piece of advice: his honesty, his straightforwardness, say what you think. I inherited these qualities from him, even if they cost me a lot - for example, taking part in the World Cup because I once criticized Franz Beckenbauer. Nevertheless, I try to pass this openness on to my children.

And what do you convey to the young footballers in your soccer school?

Dorfner: having fun and enjoying football. Of course, the children should also learn something, but I don't see or promote talent.

What physical and human requirements do children have to have in order to be successful in football?

Dorfner: You have to be really fit, have strength, athleticism and endurance. And an uncanny will and ambition. I admire Oli Kahn for that. I don't like him, but he motivates himself from year to year. If I were him, with his 36 years and his money, I would say: I've had enough. I'm building a house in Italy, buying a vineyard, retiring and drinking my glass of wine every night. But you have to be as crazy as the boat to make it to the top. And you have to be a team player. Anyone who tries to assert oneself as an individual fails.

What memorabilia do you still have from your childhood?

Dorfner: A couple of jerseys, especially certificates and medals from football and table tennis. I was once a Bavarian champion. I threw away all my certificates.

Because they were so bad?

Dorfner: Yes, I was really a very bad and incredibly lazy student. Especially in physics and math - a disaster! My two big kids didn't steal it from me (laughs).

Would you like to be a child again?

Dorfner: Well! I want to be who I am now - not a day younger or older. 40 is a great age. I'm still young inside and still have more life experience than anyone of my age.

How do the children of yesteryear differ from the children of today?

Dorfner: Back then we weren't as advanced or cool as the children are today. How they dress. . .

Red tank tops and trousers are just not so trendy anymore.

Dorfner: Well, but was it ever they? I just ran around with my mug cut. . . Or when I look at the text messages my eleven-year-old boy is getting from girls - that's amazing!

Speaking of girls: when did you first fall in love?

Dorfner: Really at 17. My first wife, now divorced from me. We moved in together early then, too early. She went to Nuremberg with me.

Was she enthusiastic about football?

Dorfner: Not particularly, but that was a good thing. There is nothing worse than player women like Claudia Strunz, who say to their men after a game: But here and there you played a lot of shit together.

Would you ever have sacrificed football for a woman's sake?

Dorfner: Today I'm not that crazy about football anymore, but before - never! Football has always been my top priority, it was my great love.

Last, obligatory question: Who will be world champion?

Dorfner: Germany.

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