Posted on June 4, 2024

Nagelsmann Condemns Survey Asking if German Team Has Enough White Players

Associated Press, June 2, 2024

The Germany head coach, Julian Nagelsmann, has said he is shocked that a public broadcaster asked survey participants if they would prefer more white players in the national football team.

Nagelsmann has agreed with midfielder Joshua Kimmich, who said on Saturday that the survey for German state broadcaster ARD was “absolutely racist” and that it was “madness for a public broadcaster to ask such a question”.

The survey of 1,304 randomly selected participants asked if they would prefer to see more players with white skin playing for Germany; 21% of respondents said yes.

“I was shocked that such questions are asked and people actually answer,” Nagelsmann said at the team’s training camp for the Euro 2024 tournament, which Germany are hosting. “It is racist … I feel that we need to wake up.”


“I always find it bizarre that we all go on vacation to get to know other cultures and then other cultures come here and we complain about it. It’s bizarre,” Nagelsmann said. {snip}