Germany players join opposition to World Cup training camp

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21 September 2004 , HAMBURG - Germany's national team players have sprung to the support of coach Juergen Klinsmann in the opposition to the planned World Cup 2006 camp at the stadium of Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, Kicker sports magazine reported.

21 September 2004

HAMBURG - Germany's national team players have sprung to the support of coach Juergen Klinsmann in the opposition to the planned World Cup 2006 camp at the stadium of Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, Kicker sports magazine reported.

Kicker said that team leaders Oliver Kahn, Jens Lehmann, Michael Ballack, Torsten Frings and Kevin Kuranyi opposed the plan of former coach Rudi Voeller to train in Leverkusen during the home World Cup and live a long distance away from it.

"It doesn't make sense to drive 45 minutes to the training ground. The pitch in the BayArena is also much too hard. Training there for four weeks could lead to injuries," Kicker quoted the Arsenal goalkeeper Lehmann as saying.

Klinsmann started the row two weeks ago when he said that the quarters in Bergisch Gladbach and the training ground in Leverkusen were not ideal and that he wanted the final say on the issue as coach.

The Bergisch Gladbach/Leverkusen scheme was chosen by Voeller, who resigned in June, and the German football federation DFB.

The statement infuriated Leverkusen, who said they had a deal with the DFB. DFB boss Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder and his designated successor Theo Zwanziger agreed, saying they saw no reason to question the decision.

But Klinsmann insisted: "With all respect for Bayer, the decision has to be made by the current coaching staff".

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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