Jessy Wellmer will stand in for Alexander Bommes, who is ill, at short notice at the 2022 World Cup. A year ago, the ARD presenter caused criticism with her performance with Bastian Schweinsteiger.
|Born: December 5, 1979 (Age: 42 years old), Güstrow|
|Experts: Almuth Schult, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Sami Khedira|
World Cup 2022: Wellmer replaces Bommes – ARD moderator is missing “for health reasons”
Wellmer will replace Alexander Bommes at short notice, who is not available “due to health reasons”. Together with the experts Almuth Schult, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Sami Khedira, the 42-year-old will “present the programs on the first from the ARD studio in Mainz from Wednesday,” it said. At the ZDF location in Mainz, ARD and the second have a joint World Cup studio.
Bommes was supposed to moderate the broadcasts for ARD, Jessy Wellmer was responsible for the “sports show Theme” which will be broadcast four times during the World Cup. It is still unclear who will host this show.
World Cup 2022: Wellmer has to do without moderation, which is very important to her
ARD sports coordinator Axel Balkausky sent recovery wishes to Bommes and thanked Wellmer for stepping in at short notice. ARD is showing its first live games of the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday, including the opening match of the German national team against Japan (2 p.m., Schedule for the 2022 World Cup).
“The entire ARD team and I feel very sorry for Alex Bommes that he has to miss the World Cup and we wish him to get better as soon as possible,” said Balkausky in a statement. “My big thanks go to Jessy Wellmer for agreeing to replace him at such short notice – even if she has to do without the moderation of the ‘Sportschau Thema’, which is very important to her. But it is an enormous relief for all of us to have such a competent colleague in Jessy for the important moderation position in Mainz.”
No reunion with Schweinsteiger: ARD presenter Wellmer polarized with pizza saying
So while Wellmer will now moderate the World Cup games from the studio in Mainz, she should be looking at Qatar with a crying eye. Because in the emirate form colleague Esther Sedlaczek and expert Bastian Schweinsteiger the new ARD duo on site in the stadium. Just a year ago, Wellmer was allowed to report from the European Championship alongside Schweini.
At that time, however, the sports journalist shot with her famous pizza saying over the target. “Is Italy in the round of 16 with half a pizza?” Wellmer wanted to know from Schweinsteiger. The Italians led 1-0 at half-time against Switzerland. The result was some violent reactions on the Internet.
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“Jessy Wellmer’s sports journalist declaration of bankruptcy continues seamlessly during the half-time break,” wrote a lady at the time. Other reviews from social networks said: “Phew” or “No, just no”.
Led the German team at the European Championship Wellmer also did a strange interview and surprised Jogi Löw with a curious question. It will be interesting to see how Wellmer will fare at the World Cup in the next few weeks without Schweinsteiger at her side. You can find them all here Broadcast dates of the DFB team in the overview. (ck)