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Before the duel with DFB women: Jonker: From Van Gaal’s assistant to the DFB’s Olympic nightmare?

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Before the duel with DFB women: Jonker: From Van Gaal’s assistant to the DFB’s Olympic nightmare?

As of: February 28, 2024 3:28 p.m

On Wednesday evening the DFB women will meet the Netherlands in the Nations League. The game for third place is also a final for participation in the Olympics – and Andries Jonker wants to spoil the DFB’s dream of Paris.

As head coach, Andries Jonker has the best points average in the history of FC Bayern Munich. 2.60 points per game – neither Pep Guardiola (2.41 points) nor Hansi Flick (2.53) can keep up with that. The number of games was admittedly small, even if Jonker secured direct qualification for the Champions League at least for FC Bayern with a good final spurt in the 2010/11 season after the dismissal of Louis van Gaal – ahead of Hannover 96 and Mainz 05.

Andries Jonker: A career in the background

Jonker’s time on the big stage only lasted five games. As van Gaal’s assistant, he did not sit in the coaching bench at FC Bayern, but also at FC Barcelona – but primarily in the second row. Even after his brief appearance as first violin with a European giant, he initially made do with a position in the background.

Head coach of the second team at FC Bayern Munich, assistant coach at VfL Wolfsburg under Dieter Hecking, Lorenz-Günther Köstner and Felix Magath, head of the football school at Arsenal FC – before the former assistant was hired as head coach in Wolfsburg. As a classic firefighter, he saved the Wolves from relegation, was celebrated as a savior – and then released on the fourth matchday of the new season. And Jonker had to say goodbye to the spotlight again. The Dutchman took over the second division team SC Telstar at home.

Spain will be the final opponent for the Netherlands

Now Jonker is back in the spotlight. As coach of the Dutch women’s national team, he is supposed to coach the team to the Olympics. On Wednesday evening from 8:45 p.m. he will face the German team in the final for the Olympic ticket. “Germany is still a top team,” said the 62-year-old Bond coach before the duel in Heerenveen. But his selection has now also developed into a real heavyweight in women’s football. European champions in 2017, runners-up in the world championships in 2019 – the demands in the Netherlands are high.

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So big that as a coach you can’t allow yourself too many failures. This also applies to Jonker. The exit in the 2023 World Cup quarter-finals did not necessarily meet the association’s expectations, but at least the eventual world champions from Spain were brought to the brink of defeat there. The Spaniards only prevailed in extra time. Last Friday it was once again the Spaniards who were Jonker’s team’s undoing. This time they clearly won 3-0 in the Nations League semi-finals.

Olympics at stake: landmark encounter for both teams

Overall, the Dutch were not in the best shape after the World Cup: defeats against Belgium and England in the Nations League, now the threat of being eliminated from the Olympics in the event of a defeat against Germany.

If Jonker wants to keep his position in the spotlight, a win this Wednesday is probably a must. The starting position for the two teams is therefore very similar. A win against Jonker’s Dutch women is also a must for Germany if their dream of the Olympics is not to be shattered.

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Source: BR24Sport on the radio February 28, 2024 – 8:45 p.m

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