For ex-national player Michael Ballack, the search for a new national soccer coach doesn’t necessarily require a long-term solution.

“In general, it’s complicated to plan long-term in the national team these days, because that would be very much related to a coach and his orientation,” said the former DFB captain in an interview with the online portal “Sportbuzzer”: “I think , the perspective would have to be subordinated at the moment because success is above everything.” In a national team, like in a club, it’s “about momentum”.

For Ballack, DFB sports director Rudi Völler, who does not want to continue his commitment as interim team boss despite the 2-1 win against runner-up France, would be the ideal solution until the home European Championships next summer. “He was able to manage the complete package of all requirements in a short amount of time with confidence and gave a good impression,” said the 46-year-old, who once worked with Völler as a player at Bayer Leverkusen and in the national team.

“He’s likeable, always authentic. His CV, his experience and his successes speak for themselves. A multi-talent,” enthused Ballack. The former world-class professional doesn’t believe that Völler will allow himself to be persuaded to take over from Hansi Flick, who has been released, in the coming months: “Rudi sticks to his no. He declined in a very friendly but firm and understandable way. That’s not an issue for him.”