Friday 20 October 2017

'Let me play in goals' - German World Cup heroes reveal amazing quotes from Christoph Kramer after concussion

Christoph Kramer is helped from the pitch after suffering a concussion during the World Cup final against Argentina. Photo: CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Christoph Kramer is helped from the pitch after suffering a concussion during the World Cup final against Argentina. Photo: CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images

Memory loss can be a very disturbing side-effect of concussion and sometimes you can say things that you wouldn't normally, Christoph Kramer did just that in the World Cup final.

Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer have revealed just how disorientated Kramer was after he received a very heavy knock in the early stages of the first half against Argentina.

Here is the hit for those who have forgotten:

Appearing on ZDF Sportstudio, a sports comedy panel show, the trio described just what Kramer was saying while concussed.

"He was fine until I saw him acting strange. Then he came to me and said ‘Manu, let me play as the goalkeeper'," Neuer said.

Phillip Lahm revealed how he had asked for the captain's armband: "I wasn’t worried at first, he played normally. But things started when he came to me and said he wanted to take the captain band from my arm.

"I thought ‘what’s going on here’. When he wanted to trade shirts with the ref I thought ‘it’s enough now’."

Tomas Muller added: "He called me “Gerd” and congratulated me on the ’74 final.

"Then, when the crowd was really loud he told me: ‘Great atmosphere here in the Ruhr stadium!’."

The anecdotes are being reported as fact but some sound a little dubious.

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