Klinsmann, Bierhoff to lead German team

29th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 July 2004, FRANKFURT - Former captains Juergen Klinsmann and Oliver Bierhoff will lead the German national team to the 2006 home World Cup as coach and manager, respectively, the ruling body DFB announced on Thursday.

29 July 2004

FRANKFURT - Former captains Juergen Klinsmann and Oliver Bierhoff will lead the German national team to the 2006 home World Cup as coach and manager, respectively, the ruling body DFB announced on Thursday.

Klinsmann and Bierhoff were set to sign two-year contracts later in the day and officially start their jobs on Sunday 1 August.

Klinsmann, who turns 40 on Friday, takes over from Rudi Voeller, who resigned on 24 June after four years on the job in the wake of Germany's first-round elimination from Euro 2004.

The 36-year-old Bierhoff is the first national team manager.

Their first match comes on 18 August in Vienna against Austria in a two-year series of friendlies in the run-up to the 9 June – 9 July 2006 World Cup for which Germany are automatically qualified as hosts.

"It is a big honour to guide the national team to a World Cup at home. I am very proud," Klinsmann told a news conference.

"It is my aim to win the World Cup. The potential is there," he said.

Bierhoff said: "I will be the link between the team and sponsors, the clubs and their managers and the media as well. I hope to relieve Juergen in some areas."

Klinsmann, winner of 108 caps, was on the German sides that won the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996. The former Stuttgart, Bayern Munich, Monaco, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur player obtained a coaching licence in 2000, but is yet to coach a team.

Bierhoff was the two-goal hero in the 1996 Euro final and spent most of his active career in Italy with Udinese, AC Milan and Chievo Verona.

Bierhoff said that one of his aims was to overcome the current negative image of the national team after the winless showing at the Euro finals in Portugal and the sometimes farcical search for a new coach.

"Every child should be proud again to play football and aim to become a national team player," he said.

Bierhoff said he will not interfere with team matters, which are entirely the job of Klinsmann and his coaching staff.

Klinsmann said: "I am happy, full of energy and have clear ideas about the job.

Klinsmann said he will first do his home work and find an assistant coach (Holger Osieck said on Thursday he will not be available for this job), contact the players and their clubs and talk about the team with Voeller and his staff.

He dismissed all criticism that he was not experienced enough for the job although he admitted that he will likely make mistakes like any other coach as well.

"I am vice-president of a marketing company, head a children's charity and am an advisor of the Los Angeles Galaxy, the North American equivalent of (German number 1 club) Bayern Munich," Klinsmann said.

Klinsmann said he aims for an attractive game in his goal to lift Germany back to the top region of football powers.

"It is my dream to have an attacking game plan, one which suits our mentality and is aggressive enough to result in goals," Klinsmann said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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