I guess you are not familiar with any German soap operas. And this is understandable — there are not many German soaps winning at the prestigious television award-ceremonies around the world.
So let me enlighten you. The soap opera in question here is called ‘Carousel’ and it is set in a world called Bundesliga.
In Bundesliga, there are 18 (power) houses each run by one strong man, called the coach, who govern a squad of players.
They compete with intensity, and sometimes it can be brutal, but when one of them need a new coach they make it easy; they just bring in a coach from the one of the other powerhouses in Bundesliga.
And as soon as the carousel starts spinning it’s hard to jump off.
The familiar storyline was repeated in the latest episode of the show, which continued this week. Marco Rose, of Gladbach, will be the next coach of Dortmund. Edin Terzic, of Dortmund, could end up in Frankfurt — because Adi Hutter, of Frankfurt, is moving to Gladbach, they are also searching for a new coach.
Frankfurt’s man could have been Jesse Marsch, of Salzburg — a rare outsider in this plot. But the American from the Austrian league went to RB Leipzig — because Julian Nagelsmann, of Leipzig, will go to Bayern Munich.
Nagelsmann is on the move because Hansi Flick, of Bayern, will soon sign as the new coach of the national side.
Germany are in need a strong man after long-serving character Joachim Low said ‘enough was enough’.
In this action-packed episode we learned how German clubs suddenly started paying transfer fees for their new coaches.
Dortmund paid Gladbach five million euros for Rose, who then turned around and paid Frankfurt seven-and-a-half million euros for Hutter.
Both of these prices were set because the coaches had clauses in their contracts.
Nagelsmann did not, so his fee will be an eye-watering 25m euros.
There were rumours Nagelsmann could have been cast in an English soap opera called ‘Spurs’ but instead is staying closer to home.
His popularity is such that he is now moving to a hugely popular spin-off show to the soap opera ‘Carousel’.
This one is called ‘Bayern Munich’ and is an entertaining series famous for its many leading characters. Hopefully Nagelsmann won’t end up as an ‘Also Starring’ in the end credits.
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