President Mark Donovan of the Kansas City Chiefs really wants to play the first NFL game in Germany with his team and pleads for a location. He also talks about the Chiefs’ crisis.
Kansas City/Munich – The Kansas City Chiefs have big ambitions to play in Germany.
“As soon as the opportunity arises, we will try to be there. It has to fit with our schedule, of course. We’ve definitely already raised our hands and said, ‘We want to go there. We definitely want to play in Germany’,” Chiefs president Mark Donovan told Bild.
He added: “It’s a great thing. For us, but also for the fans in Germany and all of Europe. I know that many NFL teams have expressed the desire to play in Germany. Everyone sees that the German market is one of the top markets in the world. “
Chiefs president pleads for game in Munich
Düsseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt are currently still competing in Germany to host the first NFL game on German soil. It’s a “neck-and-neck race”, former German NFL pro Sebastian Vollmer recently told ran about the state of affairs. As early as 2022, a game of the regular NFL season is to take place in Germany.
Chiefs official Donovan personally has a clear favourite for the location: “Munich, of course – because of our proximity to Bavaria.” The Chiefs and FC Bayern have already had a partnership for quite some time, for example, the Munich team were guests of the Chiefs during their US tour.
“Our cooperation with Bayern Munich takes place on so many different levels. First and foremost on a football level. The Hunt family also owns the MLS team FC Dallas. There’s a great relationship there with players, coaches and Bayern management,” Donovan explained.
“What we learned from Bayern: ‘Think bigger'”
The NFL team has already learned some lessons from the partnership. The Chiefs president: “The most important thing we learned from Bayern is: ‘Think bigger’. Of course, we are very happy with what we have achieved as Kansas City Chiefs. But there is always more. Bayern has developed something very special over decades. It’s a huge brand. So of course we’re looking closely at what they’re doing to grow, to achieve that.”
Donovan also commented on the athletic situation with the team led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes. “We’re all very disappointed with where we are right now. We have to be very clear about that. We’re so mediocre right now. We just have to start winning more games now. That’s our focus,” said the 55-year-old.
The Chiefs have four wins and four losses this season and face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.