Alfons Hörmann is a German businessman, the German Football Association president, and a FIFA Council member. He is said to favor decentralized governance, and he speaks of internationalization. He also mentions the importance of young people starting to play football at a young age. He will not let Germany down and make sure it is great again.
In his presentation, he talks about how the country has had a difficult time in recent years with everything from terrorism to sex scandals but that now things are on track thanks to reforms implemented by Wolfgang Niersbach. He says this is not just about one man, as many other people have been involved in making changes for the betterment of German sports culture, not just in football but across all sports.
In his eyes, the sport will become smaller but more meaningful as technology advances, especially when it comes to fan participation and tournament organization. Hörmann predicts that a permanent video assistant referee will be used by 2022. There are many reasons for this prediction- for example, professional sports should adopt technologies used in amateur sports such as golf or tennis- but most importantly, VAR would help reduce match-fixing rates by 50 percent or more, according to Hörmann himself.
Society and Sport Sport is just one part of society. If we obliterate sport, society would still exist, but it wouldn’t function like it does today. To understand why Hörmann thinks this, let’s look at his background. He was born in 1949 in Ratzeburg, a small town near Hamburg, Germany. He studied law at the University of Hamburg and later worked as a lawyer specializing in corporate law. Hörmann became president of the German Football Association in October 2009- where he was elected by 68 percent of all eligible voters- and has served as such since then.
According to Hörmann, the world has changed significantly over the past few decades, but professional sports are still similar to what they were during their childhood. “When I was young, people didn’t have TV, so we watched football on weekdays, Hörmann says. But today, television has changed people’s habits. People want experience-driven events. It is an entirely new development in the sport. With the advancement of technology and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, it’s not surprising that fans’ perspectives have become more experience-driven. Read more about Alfons Hormann