…Dane for Germany?
According to the Danish tabloid BT, this could have happened. In an interview with the paper, the former Danish international captain and present manager Morten Olsen said that the German soccer federation contacted him back in 2004 when Rudi Völler was forced to leave the job as German manager following a dismal performance in the European Championships.
Even better: The guy on the other side of the line issued with the task of convincing Olsen to change jobs was none other than Franz Beckenbauer.
In the end, Olsen declined the offer and the DFB chose former international Jürgen Klinsmann as manager. What is slightly fascinating is that one of Klinsmann’s initiatives in order to boost German morale was to change the colours of the German team’s away jersey from the awful Green-and-White to … Red-and-White.