Klinsmann dismisses criticism

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14 October 2004 , HAMBURG - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann has dismissed criticism of his player selection and received the full backing of German football supremo Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder. The statements came as the Bild daily reported that Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann will be the starter in Germany's next football friendly against Cameroon just as in last Saturday's game in Iran, leaving only the bench for Oliver Kahn. Bild said that Lehmann will be fielded again in the 17 November game in Leipzig wi

14 October 2004  

HAMBURG - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann has dismissed criticism of his player selection and received the full backing of German football supremo Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder.

The statements came as the Bild daily reported that Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann will be the starter in Germany's next football friendly against Cameroon just as in last Saturday's game in Iran, leaving only the bench for Oliver Kahn.

Bild said that Lehmann will be fielded again in the 17 November game in Leipzig with Cameroon because he played well in the 2-0 win in Teheran and will not be available due to club duties for a December tour with three matches in Asia.

Bayern Munich's Kahn, who was rested last week, will return between the posts for the games in Japan on 16 December, South Korea on 19 December and Thailand on 21 December.

Kahn, 35, was a regular starter since 1998, but Klinsmann wants him to fight for the number 1 position with the 34-year-old Lehmann in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

The issue has caused a huge stir in Germany over the past week, especially after goalkeeper coach Sepp Maier was booted out on Sunday after publically siding with Kahn.
Klinsmann told Die Welt daily he was saddened by the fact that the issue generated more headlines than the match in Teheran.

"It is the right of people from many areas to criticise certain things. But they should all bear in mind that all we have in mind is the 2006 World Cup," Klinsmann told Die Welt daily.

The trainer added that it was natural for him to replace Maier with Andreas Koepke, who was goalkeeper of the German side Klinsmann captained to the Euro 1996 title.

"It is natural to include someone I know and who I can trust," said Klinsmann.

Mayer-Vorfelder told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily that he fully supported Klinsmann, who replaced Rudi Voeller in July.

"I would rate nothing I have seen him do as unreasonable," said Mayer-Vorfelder.

Another former Germany captain, Lothar Matthaeus, agreed that his old foe Klinsmann had every right to do things his way as coach, but at the same time named the sacking of Maier "a provocation" for Kahn.

"I even fear that Oliver Kahn won't be a goalkeeper any more by the time of the 2006 World Cup," Matthaeus said in his column in the Sport Bild weekly. 

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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