Klinsmann hoping for another success

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15 November 2004, HAMBURG - Since taking over as coach from Rudi Voeller, Juergen Klinsmann has not lost a game with Germany and the World Cup winner is hoping to continue that run against Cameroon on Wednesday in Leipzig. Klinsmann, who managed victories against Austria and Iran, as well as a draw against Brazil in his first three matches in charge, has once again nominated a squad filled with youngsters. There is a first call-up for Fulham's Moritz Volz, who like fellow internationals Thomas Hitzlsperger

15 November 2004

HAMBURG - Since taking over as coach from Rudi Voeller, Juergen Klinsmann has not lost a game with Germany and the World Cup winner is hoping to continue that run against Cameroon on Wednesday in Leipzig.

Klinsmann, who managed victories against Austria and Iran, as well as a draw against Brazil in his first three matches in charge, has once again nominated a squad filled with youngsters.

There is a first call-up for Fulham's Moritz Volz, who like fellow internationals Thomas Hitzlsperger and Robert Huth, play their club football in England's Premiership.

Back in the squad after missing the last game in Iran is Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who however will start the game against Cameroon on the bench.

Klinsmann has said that he will not nominate Kahn or Jens Lehmann as his first choice keeper at this stage, giving them - and Stuttgart's Timo Hildebrand - a chance to play.

"There is a good rivalry between the two. There are no alternatives and both will receive a fair chance to play. Then one will see who plays in goal in 2006," Klinsmann said.

The only other time the two countries met was at the World Cup in 2002, when Germany won 2-0, but the president of the German association, Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder says that the match will not be easy.

"Even the last game at the World Cup was much tighter than the result suggests. Cameroon has a strong team and in Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o they have one of the best strikers in Europe."

Cameroon's German coach Winfried Schaefer, has called up an experienced squad, led by captain Rigobert Song, who now plays his club football for Galatasary in Turkey.

A number of players in the squad ply their trade in the English Premiership and the likes of Timothee Atouba (Tottenham Hotspur) Eric Djemba-Djemba (Manchester United), Geremi Njitap (Chelsea) and Joseph Desire Job (Middlesbrough) could well present the German team with some problems.

The game in the Zentralstadion in Leipzig - the first national team game in the city since 1940 - has been sold out for weeks and 44,200 fans will be present.

Klinsmann said he was happy with the venue. "It is good to be able to play in Leipzig again."

The match against Cameroon sees the German side play in red jerseys for the first time. "We have opted for offensive play and the jerseys reflect this. After all, the red colour symbolises a form of aggression," said team manager, Oliver Bierhoff.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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