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“Die beiden Schalker beim DFB! ;-)
Für gehst dann am Donnerstag nach Kasachstan!
Wo guckt ihr das Spiel am Freitag?”
“Both Schalker in the DFB! ;-)
For then we go on Thursday to Kazakhstan!
What are your thoughts for the game on Friday?”
René Adler Hamburger SV
Manuel Neuer FC Bayern München
Jérome Boateng FC Bayern München
Benedikt Höwedes FC Schalke 04
Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund
Philipp Lahm FC Bayern München
Per Mertesacker FC Arsenal
Marcel Schmelzer Borussia Dortmund
Heiko Westermann Hamburger SV
Lars Bender Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Julian Draxler FC Schalke 04
Mario Götze Borussia Dortmund
Ilkay Gündogan Borussia Dortmund
Sami Khedira Real Madrid
Toni Kroos FC Bayern München
Thomas Müller FC Bayern München
Mesut Özil Real Madrid
Lukas Podolski FC Arsenal
Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund
André Schürrle Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Bastian Schweinsteiger FC Bayern München
Mario Gomez FC Bayern München
Miroslav Klose Lazio Rom
team.dfb.de: Mr. Neustädter, we see you quite often on the side of Marco Reus here. After your ways had separated to Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund, you said that you would not know him anymore.
Roman Neustädter: That was obviously just a joke (Laughs) We still have good contact, Marco is a good friend of mine. We talk often. And if we have time, we meet. Unfortunately, there is rarely an opportunity, as we both travel a lot with our teams. All the better that we’re both at the national team now. I get along with him very well, but not only wit him.
team.dfb.de: He surely helps you with the acclimatization. How good for you is the fact that the Schalke-Connection in the national team is growing bigger? Benedikt Höwedes, Julian Draxler and Lewis Holtby are also here.
Neustädter: This of course helps. But I also know some of the other players, Andre Schürrle for example, also Mario Götze and Mats Hummels. They all help me if I have any questions. It’s not very difficult for me to integrate into the national team.
team.dfb.de: Schalke manager Horst Heldt first told you about your nomination. How was the wait thereafter until the phone finally rang and Joachim Löw actually called?
Neustadter: I did not have to wait long. I went out for dinner in the evening, then I was at home watching football, and then at some point, the phone rang.
team.dfb.de: What has Joachim Löw specifically said to you?
Neustadter: That I have earned the nomination with my performance and he’s looking forward to welcome me on Monday with the team.
team.dfb.de: Were there any reactions from the Schalke team?
Neustadter: The guys congratulated me, they were happy for me and wished me all the best for my first days in the national team.
team.dfb.de: The nomination seems to have inspired you. Against Bremen you scored the equalising-goal for the 1:1 and made an overall outstanding performance the following day.
Neustädter: The goal has not much to do. But I do believe that my nomination has been a little boost. It’s obvious that such a recognition of my performance has a positive impact. I am always highly motivated, but there is a little extra helping if you know that you can afterwars joing the national team. You really do not want to go to the national team for the fist time with a bad performance. That I also managed to score is of course great.
team.dfb.de: You say that you have done a good job if you make that others shine.
Neustädter: My main tasks are to give the game structure from behind, to fill the gaps when the opponent is attacking, and thus to ensure that we come back in possession of the ball. For some, this is the “dirty work”, I see it differently. For me, this is my game that I enjoy. I know that I can help the team. And if the guys can shine up front, then I am happy.
team.dfb.de: This season you have shone yourself three times, with three goals. So, you didn’t make a good job in these games?
Neustädter: (laughs) For my excuse: It was three times a standard-situation and during standards I’m allowed to try my luck up front, and of course I am also very happy every time I manage to score.
team.dfb.de: You’re playing in the Champions League with Schalke. If you wanted to see international football earlier, you went with your father Peter (formerly pro at Mainz 05) to a sports bar in Wiesbaden. Have you ever dreamed to be once in a Champions League match yourself in those days?
Neustädter: Yes, it was the dream pretty early. Every aspiring footballer must aim to compete with the best of the best. And in club football that’s just the cream of the crop. Of course you want to know what it’s like to hear the anthem of the Champions League and to play in this league.
team.dfb.de: You have fulfilled that dream. Is it like you expected?
Neustädter: It’s better. It’s the same with Schalke 04. The whole club, the environment, my development - all of that exceeds my expectations.
team.dfb.de: You were born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Have you followed the EURO 2012 in the country of your birth from a special perspective?
Neustädter: No, not really. I’m already came to Germany when I was four old. I grew up here, was here in Kindergarten, went to school here, I learned to play football here. I have the German mentality, I feel as a German, I am German.
team.dfb.de: Playing for the Ukraine was never an option for you?
Neustädter: I have never thought about it, not even a second. There was also no request, I never had contact with the Ukrainian Football Federation.
team.dfb.de: How big is your hope that you can play against the Netherlands?
Neustädter: Of course I would be happy if I could play. But I am far from demanding anything. I try to be present here in the training, and the make the coach’s decision to leave me out as difficult as possible.
team.dfb.de: How’s your time in the circle of the A-team so far?
Neustädter: All the guys are very relaxed, the team, the manager. It’s much more relaxed than I had expected. Of course, everyone is focused and knows what it’s about. All train with the necessary seriousness here. Overall, my first impression is that it is great fun to be part of the national team.