Klinsmann agrees to become German coach

26th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 July 2004, FRANKFURT - Juergen Klinsmann has agreed to a two- year contract as Germany national team coach until the 2006 home World Cup, the ruling body DFB said on Monday.

26 July 2004

FRANKFURT - Juergen Klinsmann has agreed to a two- year contract as Germany national team coach until the 2006 home World Cup, the ruling body DFB said on Monday.

Although the deal is not signed yet, Klinsmann has effectively already started his job as successor to Rudi Voeller, who resigned on 24 June.

The former Germany captain is the ninth national team coach since Otto Nerz first took the job in 1930.

His first match is an 18 August friendly in Vienna against Austria.

"Juergen Klinsmann and the DFB agreed that the coach will sign a two-year contract. The upcoming talks are only about sports details," said DFB spokesman Harald Stenger.

The DFB announcement confirmed a report from the Bild daily earlier Monday which said that Klinsmann had accepted the job but would not be available beyond the 2006 World Cup.

Klinsmann has reportedly also already met with designated national team manager Oliver Bierhoff and will talk with the proposed assistant coach Holger Osieck once Osieck returns from his son's wedding in Canada on Tuesday.

A date for the official presentation of the new leadership trio has so far not been set.

Stenger said earlier Monday that it would not come before Friday.

A source close to Klinsmann said that the new coach will not comment in public until the complete deal (including Osieck and Bierhoff) is finalised.

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 2004, but is yet to coach a team.

Osieck, 57, has been Germany assistant coach before, under Beckenbauer between 1984-1990. He was Canada coach between 1998-2003, winning the 2000 Gold Cup.

The 36-year-old 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.

The hunt for a new coach began after Voeller's resignation on 24 June, the day after Germany's first round exit at Euro 2004 in Portugal.

Former Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and Otto Rehhagel, who led Greece to the Euro 2004 title, rejected DFB offers before Klinsmann entered the frame.

A first round of talks was held last Tuesday and Klinsmann left his current home town of Los Angeles on Friday to complete the deal.

Klinsmann has called for new structures within the DFB and the national team as an important precondition for his signature.

His main task, though, will be to strengthen and reshape the team in the final countdown to the World Cup. Apart from the 2005 Confederations Cup, Germany have only friendlies because they are automatically qualified as hosts for the World Cup.

DPA

Subject: German news

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