Klinsmann calls for joint German effortto make World Cup a success

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2 August 2004 , HAMBURG - Juergen Klinsmann officially started his job as Germany coach this week after calling on the entire nation to join forces to make the 2006 home World Cup a success. "The World Cup is for all of us, the fans, the team, politics, economy, culture. All must join together," Klinsmann said late Saturday in an interview with ZDF television. Klinsmann said the Germans should be as enthusiastic about the event as the Euro 2004 hosts Portugal, whose team finished runners-up to Greece. "The

2 August 2004

HAMBURG - Juergen Klinsmann officially started his job as Germany coach this week after calling on the entire nation to join forces to make the 2006 home World Cup a success.

"The World Cup is for all of us, the fans, the team, politics, economy, culture. All must join together," Klinsmann said late Saturday in an interview with ZDF television.

Klinsmann said the Germans should be as enthusiastic about the event as the Euro 2004 hosts Portugal, whose team finished runners-up to Greece.

"The atmosphere the Portuguese created around their team was fantastic and should serve as an example for us. There were signs at every corner saying 'we believe in you'.

"If our team starts to believe in itself and builds confidence a lot is possible (at the World Cup)," Klinsmann said.

Klinsmann was on Thursday officially presented national team coach in succession of Rudi Voeller, who resigned on 24 June after Germany's first round exit in Portugal.

His contract started Sunday and runs until 30 July 2006.

Klinsmann, who is joined by assistant Joachim Loew and manager Oliver Bierhoff, will make his match debut in an August 18 friendly in Vienna against Austria.

Klinsmann said there will be "certain changes" in the team like after every major event, but did not elaborate.

The 40-year-old said he will closely analyse the team and its surroundings before deciding on possible changes.

"I have been told that I have the saying in all national team issues," said Klinsmann, underlining his status as boss in the new team.

Apart from the Confederations Cup next year, Germany have only friendlies until the 2006 World Cup as they are directly qualified as hosts.

Klinsmann said on Thursday his ambition was to win the World Cup in two years time, just like the team of captain Franz Beckenbauer did in 1974 when the showcase event took place in Germany for the first time.

DPA

Subject: German news

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