Germany fine tunes World Cup preparations

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6 December 2004 , RUST - Germany has scrapped an Americas tour planned for next year and hired a psychologist in the latest measures to assure themselves of a successful 2006 World Cup on home ground. In addition, the ruling body DFB announced that the team will set up its World Cup quarters in downtown Berlin and not in Leverkusen as originally planned. "We believe we should present ourselves in the capital. We want to be in the midst of the World Cup fever," said team manager Oliver Bierhoff. The America

6 December 2004

RUST - Germany has scrapped an Americas tour planned for next year and hired a psychologist in the latest measures to assure themselves of a successful 2006 World Cup on home ground.

In addition, the ruling body DFB announced that the team will set up its World Cup quarters in downtown Berlin and not in Leverkusen as originally planned.

"We believe we should present ourselves in the capital. We want to be in the midst of the World Cup fever," said team manager Oliver Bierhoff.

The Americas tour was planned for December 2005 with games in the U.S., Mexico and Argentina.

But German football officials and Bundesliga clubs raised objections, fearing player burnout which could hamper the players' club performances and Germany's chances at the home World Cup 9 June 9 July 2006.

The DFB said that Germany will now play instead in Slovakia on 3 September 2005 and at home against against Asian champions Japan and China on 8 October 2005 and 8 February 2006, respectively.

Germany have now set up all national team games with only three opponents in late May and early June 2006 for the final World Cup countdown not yet decided.

Starting with upcoming Asia trip later this month the team staff will include Hans-Dieter Hermann as the team psychologist desired by coach Juergen Klinsmann.

"We are very satisfied to have a man looking after the important mental aspect who has gained a lot of experience with high- performance athletes," said Klinsmann.

Hermann has in the past worked with the Austrian ski team and German athletes at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Klinsmann was also the driving force in the change of Germany's World Cup quarters away from Leverkusen, a deal set up by the DFB under the reign of former coach Rudi Voeller.

In Berlin, the team will lodge close to the city centre and train in the amateur team stadium of local Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin near the Olympic stadium.

Germany will play one of its group matches in Berlin's Olympic stadium and also hope to be there for the final of the tournament which runs from 9 June until 9 July 2006.

"We are happy that the team will come to Berlin. Hertha Berlin's facilities offer excellent training conditions. We will do our very best that the national team feels at home," said Hertha club manager Dieter Hoeness.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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