FC Bayern: Kimmich has Corona – he was just considering getting vaccinated

Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich has allegedly been infected with Corona, apparently he now wanted to be vaccinated.Image: www.imago-images.de / Markus Ulmer

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24.11.2021, 17:5824.11.2021, 18:04

Lukas Grybowski

After weeks of criticism, there was movement in the vaccination debate at Bayern on Wednesday. The quintet around Joshua Kimmich, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Michael Cuisance, Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala convinced several players to be vaccinated against the corona virus. While Gnabry and Musiala are said to have received an injection in their current quarantine, Choupo-Moting was infected with the virus.

According to “Bild” information, Joshua Kimmich is said to have tested positive for the corona virus. This has been independently confirmed by two sources for the newspaper. FC Bayern has not yet commented on Kimmich’s alleged test result. The Bayern star has been in quarantine for several days because, as an unvaccinated, he had contact with a corona-infected person. Due to the positive test, he now has to go into quarantine for 14 days and missed the top game against Borussia Dortmund on December 4th.

Not only Kimmich, but also striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who is currently in quarantine at home, tested positive. According to a message from the association, the 32-year-old is “doing well according to the circumstances”.

Kimmich wanted a corona vaccination after all

Nobody has yet taken a public position that the players wanted to vaccinate themselves. FC Bayern also made it clear that the players should comment on the vaccination issue themselves. However, this is anything but beneficial for the brand of the club and the professionals.

Hasan Salihamidžić did not think the Champions League game in Kiev was the right time. He’d rather concentrate on football. Julian Nagelsmann was a bit more talkative, but after the 2-1 win at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday evening, he didn’t want to say anything about Corona. “Corona? Then we go,” said the trainer with a laugh. Then Bayern’s press spokesman Dieter Nickles ended the press conference after the 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev.

After all, the Bayern coach also had little tangible information. “I can’t confirm it, but if I do, I’ll be happy about it. It is a first step, “said the 34-year-old about the reports of the”kicker” and the “image“Newspaper, which reported during the game that Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry had already been vaccinated. In addition, Joshua Kimmich and Mickael Cuisance should also seriously consider getting vaccinated.

National coach Hansi Flick said in a video link shortly before Kimmich’s positive result became known that he believed that the 26-year-old would get vaccinated. “I think Jo is going in the direction of getting vaccinated,” said Flick: “I can now play for a while. A lot will have changed by the next international match in March.”

“There is nothing more salutary for a good reputation than to say: I have received information, learned something and changed my mind.”

Brand expert Christopher Spall recommends Joshua Kimmich to speak out publicly after a vaccination

“Rather, it triggers lasting damage to your reputation if there is still half a year of printing around. The intransparency strategy does not work.”says brand expert Christopher Spall to watson. If the players were to comment now, there would be another short outcry, but in the long term there would be an opportunity to achieve a positive effect.

“But as long as the topic has not been clarified, public perception will not shift in the direction of positive topics that strengthen the FC Bayern brand and the Joshua Kimmich brand again,” explains Spall.

Joshua Kimmich brand not damaged in the long term

Kimmich in particular has been the focus of criticism in recent weeks since his Sky interview in which he declared that he was not vaccinated. Because unlike his DFB colleagues Gnabry and Musiala, Kimmich is someone who is publicly involved and takes social responsibility due to his social commitment.

“He is the leader of FC Bayern, the national team and also the designated captain of the DFB team. As a result, he has a role model function and if he does not live up to it, he must reckon with a storm of criticism.“With his statements about a lack of vaccination, he would have destroyed the image that society had of him.

“His attitude of not getting vaccinated counteracts this positioning. That is precisely why he received criticism and criticism, both at FC Bayern and in the public eye.”

On the other hand, Spall rates positively that Kimmich’s statements sparked a social discussion about vaccination and the 2G rule for footballers.

But according to Spall, this will not damage his role in society in the long term. Similar to the Sky interview, the brand expert would recommend the midfielder to express himself again comprehensively in public. “In the eye of the media storm, there is nothing more salutary for a good reputation than to say: I have received new information, learned something and changed my mind.”

Brand expert Christopher Spall sees no lasting damage in Joshua Kimmich.

Brand expert Christopher Spall sees no lasting damage in Joshua Kimmich.Image: spall.macht.marke / spall.macht.marke

Spall believes most people would give him credit for such a statement. “It would be a brave step forward that would bring him back to being a role model. Even a role model can make mistakes. At the same time, role models are particularly characterized by showing how to deal with mistakes. ”

Musiala waited for the STIKO recommendation

While Kimmich has not yet made a final decision, according to “kicker” and “Bild” Musiala and Gnabry have already received the spades.

The difference: Gnabry was already sick with Corona and only needs an injection against the virus to get complete vaccination protection. He is said to have received this during his current corona quarantine.

Musiala, on the other hand, followed the recommendations of the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO). This did not consider a vaccination for under 18-year-olds to be necessary until August – Musiala was only born on February 26, 18.

According to “Kicker”, the flank player spoke to DFB team doctor Tim Meyer and Bayern team doctor Roland Schmidt, as well as immunologists and experts in functional medicine.

Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala is said to have had the first vaccination by now.

Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala is said to have had the first vaccination by now.Image: www.imago-images.de / Markus Ulmer

After the STIKO recommendation in late summer to also vaccinate twelve to 17 year olds, Musiala had a time problem because the season with the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Champions League was in full swing. In a letter to the unvaccinated professionals, DFB doctor Meyer recently advised against vaccinations during these high-performance phases.

After Musiala has now picked up the first vaccination, he will get his second on the recommendation of the DFB doctor during the winter break.

Nagelsmann and Salihamidžić, who are in charge of Bavaria, have definitely noticed in the past few weeks that they are slowly becoming annoyed by the vaccination issue. The debate about not being vaccinated has now reached its preliminary climax.

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