Hertha BSC: This is how arguing Kevin-Prince Boateng and Pal Dardai tick


On Tuesday, coach Pal Dardai (45) and Kevin-Prince Boateng (34) were loud in training.

The dispute was triggered by a training game goal by the Boateng team, which Dardai refereed. A little something.

The real reason for the training bang should be deeper!

Dardai knows: If things don’t go well in the Bundesliga, it has to crackle in training. You have to work hard to be lucky there, only then will success come back.

Luck and success – coach Dardai and Boss Boateng could use both. The two alpha animals and identification figures of the association are particularly in the spotlight – especially now when things are not going well.

BILD explains what makes the two fighters tick.

Dardai wants to be the coach he would have liked as a player

He’s not an easy guy. Very direct. Always says what he thinks. Coach Pal Dardai (45) gives everything for Hertha, loves the club like the family. His open, authentic manner is well received by fans and Berliners.

On the square, however, the nice Pal becomes the tough Dardai.



Coach Pal Dardai is a living Hertha legend. His direct and honest manner is as much valued as it is fearedPhoto: Soeren Stache / dpa

If you don’t go along with it, you will have problems. Whether star or talent – it doesn’t matter. Even when he was active, the midfielder did not shy away from a duel. Even as a trainer, he doesn’t avoid any verbal duels. Some Hertha executives already felt that …

Dardai is ambitious and obsessed with success.

He is in the office almost every day shortly after 8 a.m., discussing the day’s program with the trainer and functional team. He leaves nothing to chance.

He wants to be the coach he would have liked to have had as a player in the past!

This also includes psychological tricks. Sometimes he deliberately refuses to whistle for fouls during training matches. Anyone who complains – like Boateng on Tuesday – sees the referee yellow in a Bundesliga game. He wants to prepare his players for this, which not everyone likes.


After the training squabble, coach Pal Dardai (r.) And Prince Boateng quickly reconciled

After the training squabble, coach Pal Dardai (right) and Prince Boateng quickly reconciledPhoto: Instagram @ herthabsc

It goes without saying that it bangs every now and then. Afterwards, the trouble is always quickly forgotten.

Because with the professionals, Dickkopf Dardai is not resentful. The dressing room and team are sacred to him, and the players appreciate that.

Boateng pains that he has experienced a Hertha nightmare so far

If something doesn’t suit him, he says so. Even loudly.

Kevin-Prince Boateng (34) is a Berlin boy. As a teenager, blessed with great talent, thanks to hard work and a lot of diligence, he made it to a professional at Hertha.

On the pitch, his hot-headed manner earned him the reputation of a bad boy – an image that Boateng himself cultivates. But the father of two sons becomes calmer and more relaxed. Which doesn’t mean that Boateng can put up with anything.


Kevin-Prince Boateng knows all the ups and downs of footballer's life.  He is the leader of the young Hertha team

Kevin-Prince Boateng knows all the ups and downs of footballer’s life. He is the leader of the young Hertha teamPhoto: Getty Images

His important fight against racism earned him worldwide recognition.

Boateng still has fighting spirit. But his body lets him down, Boateng is now lagging behind his own expectations.

That seems to hurt the man with the Hertha heart in his chest, he wears the club flag as a tattoo on his skin over it.

With his return to the Olympic Stadium, Boateng had fulfilled a lifelong dream – as the leader of the young team, he has experienced nightmares on the pitch.

He knows that colleagues look up to him, the leader who played for the Champions League and international championships, in every training session. That’s why he speaks up, brings life to the good team – even if he has to mess with the trainer.

Boateng continues to burn for Hertha – but now more in training and in the dressing room than on the pitch.

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