Klinsmann: I can coach Germanfootball team from LA

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14 September 2004 , HAMBURG - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann has rejected criticism of his decision to stay based in the United States rather than return permanently to his native country. Klinsmann told Sport Bild newspaper it was important to have a view of the domestic game from the outside. "If I was sitting every day at the DFB (German Football Federation) in Frankfurt I would only see the game from the inside," he said in an interview to appear Wednesday. Klinsmann has been criticised for deciding t

14 September 2004

HAMBURG - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann has rejected criticism of his decision to stay based in the United States rather than return permanently to his native country.

Klinsmann told Sport Bild newspaper it was important to have a view of the domestic game from the outside.

"If I was sitting every day at the DFB (German Football Federation) in Frankfurt I would only see the game from the inside," he said in an interview to appear Wednesday.

Klinsmann has been criticised for deciding to stay at his home in Los Angeles rather than move back to Germany.

The former international striker boarded a flight to California the morning after last Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Brazil in Berlin - only his second game in charge since succeeding Rudi Voeller.

The job of national team coach "must be international", he said.

"I have sooner to travel to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay or Mexico to have a look at things. Japan and South Korea, too - all possible World Cup opponents."

A number of football experts, including some former national team coaches, say Klinsmann is making a mistake in thinking he can do the job from Los Angeles.

But Klinsmann said: "It depends on the person. For me there is too much pessimistic thought in Germany in many things."

The DFB has 10 coaches observing the German football league. "I have a complete overview of what's going on," he said.

Klinsmann, who will be at Bayer Leverkusen's Champions League match against Real Madrid on Wednesday, said he was able to keep in close contact with the players from the United States.

"You don't even need a telephone these day to communicate. I write emails," he said.

Klinsmann added that in future there would be no official invitations to players called up for the national squad, saying he had his "own way" of informing players.

He said coaches such as Carlos Alberto Parreira of Brazil or Dutchman Arie Haan, in charge of China's national team, also had their own style of communicating with players. 
 

DPA

Subject: German news

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