December 4, 2023

Chiefs star thinks trip to Frankfurt ‘bad’

The Kansas City Chiefs star criticized the NFL game in Frankfurt. Image: imago/Icon Sportswire


Sven Froehlich

The good news first: When the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Miami Dolphins in Frankfurt on Sunday, all-star Patrick Mahomes will be there, too. He was still visibly injured in the loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday, but he says that has subsided.

“I feel better again. I just got a little sick, something like that could happen.”The Chiefs said Wednesday. He has great expectations for the mood in Germany.

“The atmosphere in the stadium will be great.”Mahomes is sure of it, “At least that’s what I’ve heard from players who played in Germany. Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Munich last year and said it was great.” The first NFL game in Germany was held in Munich in 2022, and there will be two in Frankfurt this year.

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However, not everyone is as excited about the game in Frankfurt as Patrick Mahomes. Meanwhile, teammate Marquez Valdes-Scantling prefers to play at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. He explained in an interview with the American television station “CBS Sports” that traveling specifically to the Main River would be “disgusting.”

“I mean, obviously it sucks that we have to travel nine hours to a home game when Arrowhead is right down the street.” Then show some understanding.

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“But of course we also have other fans all over the world, not just in the United States.”Valdes-Scantling agreed: “This gives them the opportunity to see some of their favorite players in action. I know we have a lot of fans in Germany, so I’m grateful that we can offer them this opportunity.”

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling answers a question during the NFL Super Bowl football media availability in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. The Chiefs will play against...

Marquez Valdes-Scantling is not excited about the NFL match in Frankfurt. Photo: AP/Ross D. Franklin

In fact, the matchup between the Chiefs and Dolphins is key to the NFL in terms of marketing the league internationally. ESPN described the encounter as “possibly the greatest international matchup in NFL history.” Right now there is no team more exciting than these two.

Of course, not everyone in the USA likes this, so in Los Angeles it is 6:30 am to start the match in Frankfurt and 9:30 am in New York. For many, this is not the ideal time to watch a football match. However, Valdis Scantling saw another problem with the trip abroad:

“It’s not good for players to be away from their families, or for me to have to find a babysitter for my dogs for a few days,” the 29-year-old said. “These are the things we have to take into consideration.”

When Eintracht Frankfurt spent nine million euros on Willian Patchou last summer, it was a huge surprise. After all, he was Frankfurt’s second most expensive transfer.

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