Beckenbauer criticises Klinsmann over no-show

6th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 March 2006, HAMBURG - World Cup organising committee chief Franz Beckenbauer Monday criticised Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann for failing to take part in a meeting of World Cup coaches.

6 March 2006

HAMBURG - World Cup organising committee chief Franz Beckenbauer Monday criticised Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann for failing to take part in a meeting of World Cup coaches.

Klinsmann, who lives in California, decided against attending a World Cup team workshop in Duesseldorf.

But Beckenbauer told Deutsche Presse-Agentur in an interview in Hamburg that it was Klinsmann's duty to have attended the get-together and that the coach should now be spending more time in Germany.

"He should be there," Beckenbauer said. "It's a different situation if you've just beaten Italy 5-0. You can do what you like. Everyone will say, 'go home, recover well and in 14 days you're back'. Now it's another situation.

"He can't go home a day after losing 4-1. He needed to be here to try to pick up the pieces."

Twenty-one of the 32 World Cup coaches are taking part in the two-day workshop to discuss largely logistical affairs.

Among those in Duesseldorf are England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, Marcello Lippi of Italy, Marco van Basten of the Netherlands and Raymond Domenech of France.

Klinsmann is represented by his assistant, Joachim Loew, and the team manager, Oliver Bierhoff.

"All the coaches from around the world are here, but the host is not there. What does it look like? It's not on," Beckenbauer told DPA.

"This is a compulsory appointment. How many compulsory appointments does he have? He is not overworked. This has got nothing to do with content, but is a matter of politeness. It is about showing respect, the respect he demands from others.

"We have been travelling around the world visiting 31 countries to show our respect - and he is not in a position to be at this team workshop."

Klinsmann is coming under increasing pressure following Germany's heavy defeat to Italy in Florence last Wednesday and indications that the team is not ready to mount a serious challenge at the World Cup from June 9 to July 9.

However, Beckenbauer ruled out the idea of arranging another friendly match before the tournament to help the coach.

Before World Cup squads are announced on May 15, Germany have only a test match against the United States in Dortmund on March 22. Friendlies against Japan on May 30 and Colombia on June 2 follow shortly before the World Cup starts.

Beckenbauer said an early German elimination from the World Cup would be negative for the general tournament atmosphere.

"That is why I hope the German team can go as far as possible, if possible to the final."

Recent defeats had come away from home. The team could still do well at the World Cup with the home crowd behind them.

"The players will be physically in the best of shapes," he said.

"From a playing point of view the team is only average, but the enthusiasm and public support will be there. It could be enough to be world champions."

DPA

Subject: German news

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