Euro 2004: Voeller resignsas Germany coach
24 June 2004 , ALMANCIL - Rudi Voeller resigned as Germany coach on Thursday in the wake of the previous day's winless elimination from Euro 2004 to give way for fresh blood in the build-up to the 2006 home World Cup. Former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is a likely candidate for the job as Germany hopes for drastic improvement over the next two years. "I will resign from my job. I had it in the back of my mind last night, but wanted to talk with my president (DFB boss Gerhard M
24 June 2004
ALMANCIL - Rudi Voeller resigned as Germany coach on Thursday in the wake of the previous day's winless elimination from Euro 2004 to give way for fresh blood in the build-up to the 2006 home World Cup.
Former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is a likely candidate for the job as Germany hopes for drastic improvement over the next two years.
"I will resign from my job. I had it in the back of my mind last night, but wanted to talk with my president (DFB boss Gerhard Mayer- Vorfelder) first," Voeller told a news conference.
"I felt that only a man with an immaculate record can take the job with the World Cup in the home country coming up.
"The Euro elimination is a big burdon for me. I know it is not about me alone. But I don't feel that I have enough credibilty to try something out and lose matches," said Voeller.
Mayer-Vorfelder said: "We regret Rudi's decision but have to respect it. I have to thank Rudi for spontaneously taking the job (originally) as caretaker. Rudi helped the DFB in a very difficult situation after the Euro 2000 elimination."
The popular Voeller, 44, who won the World Cup as a player in 1990, was on the job for four years.
He was chosen out of the blue as a caretaker after the resignation of Erich Ribbeck following the winless Euro 2000 campaign.
But he then stayed on with a contract until 2006 as designated coach Christoph Daum never got the job in 20001 because of a failed drug test.
Voeller started with a 4-1 triumph over Spain, guided Germany to the World Cup runner-up spot in 2002 and won the qualifying group for Euro 2004.
But the overall results of a mediocre team were mixed.
Germany have not won against a major football power since a 1-0 at Wembley against England in October 2001.
England famously won 5-1 in Munich, Germany lost the World Cup final 2-0 against Brazil and also suffered painful home defeats against the Netherlands (3-1) and France (3-0). In addition, there was a 5-1 humiliation in Romania two months ago.
At Euro 2004, Germany played well in a 1-1 with the Netherlands, but a 0-0 with Latvia and Wednesday's 2-1 defeat against the Czechs led to another early elimination.
Germany have not beaten a European team at a major football tournament in eight years, the last victory being a 2-1 against the Czechs in the final of Euro 1996.
"The World Cup 2002 was the highlight. It was almost like winning the title," said Voeller, who announced that he will take some time off before deciding on his future.
Hitzfeld, 55, is now finally expected to take the national team job in the buildup for the 2006 World Cup - a difficult task given the lack of classy players especially in midfield and attack.
He was already a strong contender in 2000, but was not released by Munich. He is available now after being sacked in Munich last month.
"It is natural that the name Hitzfeld will be prominent in all considerations," said Mayer Vorfelder.
After all, Hitzfeld is Germany's most successful Bundesliga coach.
He won the European Champions League and Intercontinental Cup 1997 with Dortmund and 2001 with Munich, plus six league titles (two with Dortmund, four with Munich) and two German cup trophies with Munich.
Germany's ARD television said that Daum was also a candidate four years after his cocaine affair.
"I won't release names and join the speculation," said Mayer- Vorfelder, adding that he will not rush to a decision.
Subject: German news