Modeste puts himself above the Cologne collective

After the victory against Arminia Bielefeld, half of Cologne speaks only of Anthony Modeste’s coffee celebration. But the top striker must not take himself more seriously than the club and the team’s goals.

Steffen Baumgart was given a warning after the 3-1 victory against Bielefeld. At the press conference after the match, the 50-year-old sat and looked as if his team had just lost and given a victory away. FC had just won their third three in a row, consolidated seventh place and even moved back to three points from fifth place.

So everything could have been so beautiful. But Baumgart was not in the mood for praise songs. Not on his team (“We should not think things go by themselves”), not on match winner Marvin Schwäbe (“He keeps us inside the game, but he was better on the ball”), and certainly not on Anthony Modeste.

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Even though he had scored the all-important 2-1, he then fished – and this is where it became bizarre – a packet of coffee beans out of a bag next to the opponent’s goal and held them up against the camera. His own coffee, his own coffee brand.

1. FC Köln: Modeste is closest to himself

Hidden advertising during a Bundesliga match? Steffen Baumgart burst after the 90 minutes. “Football is thin ice. Do not overdo it. Otherwise you will get your face in your mouth.” Baumgart would not say more, but he did not need to.

Modeste had actually overreacted. The Frenchman briefly showed the face that is often forgotten in the shadow of his many goals: the face of a 34-year-old who is closest to himself.

Does Modeste know what this is all about?

A top-class center forward usually has a healthy dose of selfishness, as does Anthony Modeste. But on Saturday, he let that selfishness hang out in a way that 1. FC Köln did not like.

If you do not celebrate with your teammates after a goal, but advertise your private side business on the field, you are in doubt as to whether you are really aware of what is at stake in this important phase of the season.

First coffee, then contract talks?

For at that moment on Saturday afternoon, Modeste first put himself above the 1. FC Köln collective and his own interests. He knows he’ll get away with it as long as he pays back with goals.

But Modeste showed the fans, those responsible and also the players that football is one thing above all for him: a business. It may not be reprehensible, but it can quickly get back on its feet.

For it is not the only selfish game that Modeste plays. The Frenchman wants a contract extension, otherwise he will leave Cologne. He had made this claim publicly in the second half of the season at a time when 1. FC Köln would have had more important problems than a 34-year-old for whom it is clearly not enough to be the best servant on the team until 2023.

Cologne: Baumgart wants players who “play our game”

Now this coffee bag. Steffen Baumgart and Anthony Modeste maintain an open relationship. This interaction between the coach and the center forward has been one of the goats’ secrets behind success this season. Modeste has now strained this relationship because Baumgart does not tolerate any selfishness.

Baumgart recently said of the qualities of players he would like to have on the team: “Part of it is that you are not playing your game here, but playing our game.” Modeste, however, only played his own match when he celebrated against Bielefeld on Saturday.

Marc L Merten founded GEISSBLOG.KOELN in 2015. The independent online newspaper informs fans of 1. FC Köln about everything to do with goats. Merten studied journalism in Friborg and then worked as a sports editor at He later reported on TSV 1860 for the Munich Evening Newspaper before returning to his hometown of Cologne for the GEISSBLOG.

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