Juergen Klinsmann turns down US coaching job

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8 December 2006, Washington (dpa) - Juergen Klinsmann has abandoned talks on becoming the US men's football coach, a business associate of the German World Cup hero said Thursday. Klinsmann's decision was a cold shower for US football after weeks of speculation, depriving a sagging national team of the charismatic figure who steered hosts Germany to third place at this year's World Cup. Snaring Klinsmann, 42, would have been a coup for the US team, which crashed out in the World Cup's first round. US coach

8 December 2006

Washington (dpa) - Juergen Klinsmann has abandoned talks on becoming the US men's football coach, a business associate of the German World Cup hero said Thursday.

Klinsmann's decision was a cold shower for US football after weeks of speculation, depriving a sagging national team of the charismatic figure who steered hosts Germany to third place at this year's World Cup.

Snaring Klinsmann, 42, would have been a coup for the US team, which crashed out in the World Cup's first round. US coach Bruce Arena quit after the debacle, and some reports in recent weeks claimed that Klinsmann, whose contract with Germany ended after the championship, had agreed to take the job.

But Warren Mersereau, a partner with Klinsmann in a sports marketing firm, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa by telephone that Klinsmann had withdrawn his candidacy.

US football federation chief Sunil Gulati and Klinsmann "have concluded our discussions about the US men's national team programme, and I have withdrawn my name from consideration as coach," the former Inter Milan and Tottenham striker said in a statement provided by Mersereau.

No reason was given for Klinsmann's retreat, but US media reported that the issue of how much decision-making power he would have as coach was a sticking point. Similar disputes arose with German football bosses in his previous job, but Klinsmann won over critics with his World Cup leadership.

US soccer officials planned to make an announcement on their coach search Friday.

Klinsmann, who won 108 caps for Germany highlighted by titles at the 1990 World Cup and the 1996 European championship, was a controversial pick as German coach in August 2004 after Rudi Voeller quit.

Critics attacked the former Inter Milan and Tottenham striker for keeping his permanent home in California and for dumping longtime goalkeeper Oliver Kahn in favour of Kahn rival Jens Lehmann.

His tussles with Germany's football bureaucracy also made headlines as Klinsmann modernized the team's structure and brought in young players, a psychologist and a team of US fitness trainers.

Klinsmann scored 47 goals in his 108 Germany games and 110 goals in 221 Bundesliga matches. His career as a player included stints at VfB Stuttgart in his home region of southwestern Germany, AS Monaco, Bayern Munich and Sampdoria of Genoa.

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