DER MENSCH IM TRIKOT
- Antje Windmann, Der Spiegel
For the first time ever a world famous
active football player talks in depth about the dark side of his profession; the
fears, the doubts, the pressure. Per Mertesacker, captain of Arsenal and World
Cup champion of 2014, opens up to Spiegel journalist Antje Windmann and walks
her through the seconds before each kick-off, being surrounded by tens of
thousands spectators knowing that just once thing counts: his performance.
"My stomach starts churning and I feel like I'm going to throw up. Then I
have to choke so hard that I tear up." He always turns his head to the
side with his chin facing his shoulder so that no one can see what is happening
- no TV cameras, no coaches, no teammates. The piece illustrates what it means
to be trapped in an unending cycle of training, games and extraordinary
expectations. To always be the player and never the person behind the jersey.
Antje Windmann’s story “Der Mensch im Trikot” was quoted all over the world and
led to massive discussions on how the media, the audience and the business
itself perceive sport stars.