Martin Hinterger must gather himself

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to: Thomas Kilchenstein


Eintracht defender Martin Hinterger must recognize the signals and gather himself – otherwise he will not have a future in Frankfurt.

FRANKFURT – If Frankfurt defender Martin Hinterger was a pop star, you could easily release a “Best of” CD between two seasons, with the biggest excitement coming from the 29-year-old Carinthian. ‘I can’t say anything positive’ about coach Manuel Baum at FC Augsburg it would be possible, the backpack affair, the decadent Christmas party until the morning at the Austrian national team’s training camp, of course the very sad photo after Chelsea’s missed penalty, the Hinti Army sign, And a few helicopter rides with him as a pilot, and his top 10 saves of course will be there too, no doubt, as well as his solid effort recently in the equalizer against Betis Sevilla. And as an appearance: How he won a medal for a winner in some pub dipping his beer in a plastic cup and licking it. It would be easy to have material for a double CD.

Well, Hinti, it’s a brand. A very special kind, someone you can touch, real, authentic, someone like you and me, from the heart of life, lovable, friendly.

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But Martin Hinterger is also a soccer player, a professional, and certainly one of the best, 67 times National Player, EM participant. Courageous and relentless, someone Heidewitzka broadcasts between them, he spares neither himself nor the opponent, someone on whom other, younger football players stand in the game and also benefit from him and from calm and cruelty. In the stands, the man was for a long time a cult figure, one to identify with, a favorite of the masses because he is himself. With corners and edges, do not iron it smooth.

Martin Hinterger after winning the Europa League in Seville. © Florian Ulrich / Imago Images

But for now, it seems that the connection with Eintracht Frankfurt has had some cracks. The defender was quoted as saying that “a lot” has “collapsed” these days because Eintracht Frankfurt suggested him in the late autumn and before the Barcelona game that he leave the club in the summer. This statement, which was recently read in the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung, infuriated Eintracht Frankfurt, because in the meantime, after a long conversation with coach Oliver Glasner, it was already clear that Hinterger would play a good role in Frankfurt next year. However, the fact that the club is clearly disturbed by the precarious and unprofessional lifestyle of the defender, as planned in the spring, was documented.

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Excessive excursions in the nightlife with corresponding videos and photos in the relevant portals did not satisfy the club. In addition, Hinti was said to have skipped goodbye to players who left the club, such as Stefan Ilsanker or Danny da Costa; As the only one of the team. After all, the statements made by the under-appreciated Chancellor Christian Sand in Frankfurt who made a strange impression on Adi Hütter are somewhat counterproductive: Hinteregger “could have earned twice as much as he earned in Naples”, or “Now The time to extend the contract beyond 2024 would not have been good.

It must be said that Martin Hinterger has gotten a little out of hand. That he differs from the usual supermodel, that for a long time he preferred the clamshell phone and criticized the smartphone mania of his colleagues, that he writes openly about his depression, that he needs slaps in the face for stimulation, like him. Sometimes, he said, he is overweight due to a vacation that he wants to play in an entertainment football tournament that he organizes (“first Hinti Cup”) with 40 teams in his hometown of Cernitz, where he opened a restaurant “Zum Adler” with a friend in the old town of Kronberg His frank handling of his fondness for beer – all this was tolerated as long as his performance was correct. But they were no longer right at the start of the second half of the season. Then he bit him and tore his belt. But the truth is: Eintracht won the second leg of the semi-finals and final in the European League without Hinterger, who was injured. However: for him it was one of the highlights of his career, which he enjoyed, and impressive was his sentimental poem on the Roman balcony for goalkeeper Kevin Trapp (“New in the Bank”).

Newcomer from Frankfurt: Hrvoje Smolcic.
Newcomer from Frankfurt: Hrvoje Smolcic. © LaPresse / Imago Images

Hopefully Martin Hinter will correctly interpret the tags. The non-committee could no longer afford much, especially since he was no longer the only ID on the team. The fact that the street, which was beside him previously, was now going a different path, should give him a source of reflection. (“Hinti’s Last Chance”, “How Hinti Loses His Champion Status”).

On Tuesday, Eintracht announced the permanent signing of Hrvoje Smolcic (HNK Rijeka), who will receive a five-year contract. Strengths: central and left defense. Martin Hinterger’s positions. (Thomas Kellchenstein)

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