Hertha BSC: “Absolutely surreal!”: Friedrich shocked by the death of the Hertha coach


On Wednesday evening, Hertha received the terrible news of the far too early death of ex-coach Levent Selim, who was only 48 years old.

A few months ago – in mid-April – the U23 assistant coach even stepped in as assistant coach for the Hertha professionals for a day, because at that time the entire coaching team around Pal Dardai, Zecke Neuendorf, and Admir Hamzagic were in Corona- Had to quarantine. Sports director Arne Friedrich stepped in as head trainer during training and promoted Selim to the professionals as an assistant trainer.

Now Selim passed away all of a sudden and everyone is completely shocked!



Khedira (left), Pekarik, Stark, Dardai, Guendouzi and Plattenhardt listen to assistant coach Selim in April 2021Photo: City-Press GmbH

Arne Friedrich said on Thursday: “It’s absolutely shocking, it was totally unexpected. We were informed early Wednesday evening that Levent has passed away. On behalf of the entire association, I would like to express our condolences to my family and friends. Levent was a great person who worked here and was part of the Hertha family. Finding words there is very difficult. The fact is: he sadly passed away and it was very shocking and absolutely surreal for all of us. We wish his family and friends a lot of strength in this difficult phase. “

Hertha’s U23 coach Ante Covic, who was still working with Selim in the summer, says in shock: “We are all shaken and incredibly affected here. Our thoughts are with his family.”

What just happened?

Until the end of August, Selim had worked as an assistant coach at Hertha’s U23, then resigned from his position. In the autumn vacation, he was now on vacation in Turkey, where, according to BILD information, he is said to have been infected with Corona. There he is said to have died in a Turkish hospital on the night from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Friedrich says: “We will not talk about clinical pictures – they are topics and we have far too little information on them so far.”

Will Hertha appear with a mourning ribbon on Friday evening in Hoffenheim or in the home game against Leverkusen on November 7th?

Friedrich: “What happens now, whether we play with a black ribbon, for example, we will now discuss everything in peace. We have to process this message first. “

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