Klinsmann on collision coursewith DFB over World Cup base

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17 September 2004 , FRANKFURT - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann is heading for a confrontation with the German Football Federation DFB over plans to change the national squad's base at the 2006 World Cup. Designated DFB president Theo Zwanziger said in an interview Wednesday the federation would not budge from an agreement for the German squad to use Bayer Leverkusen's stadium as public training ground during the tournament in Germany. Klinsmann insisted Tuesday he would have the final say over where the n

17 September 2004

FRANKFURT - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann is heading for a confrontation with the German Football Federation DFB over plans to change the national squad's base at the 2006 World Cup.

Designated DFB president Theo Zwanziger said in an interview Wednesday the federation would not budge from an agreement for the German squad to use Bayer Leverkusen's stadium as public training ground during the tournament in Germany.

Klinsmann insisted Tuesday he would have the final say over where the national team will be based. Klinsmann has upset chiefs at Bayer Leverkusen over plans to choose a new hotel headquarters and training ground.

It had been agreed by the DFB that the German squad be based at the deluxe Schlosshotel Lerbach near Cologne while using the Leverkusen BayArena ground for training. The stadium was too small to be considered as one of the World Cup venues.

The deal had been agreed in return for Bayer AG chemical concern's financial and other support for Germany's World Cup bid.

Zwanziger, who will be sharing the DFB presidency with Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung the DFB would honour its agreement with Bayer Leverkusen.

"It's absolutely clear that the DFB will stick to the agreement. It would need an earthquake for us to change," he said.

Klinsmann "must know that he cannot alter everything that has already been agreed", he said.

Klinsmann had told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa: "There are certain agreements, and I have the greatest respect for Bayer which did so much for the World Cup bid. But at the end of the day the present coaching staff have to decide what's best for the team."

Klinsmann, who is attending Bayer Leverkusen's Champions League match Wednesday against Real Madrid, said he was hoping to speak to Leverkusen officials about the decision.

"With all respect to Bayer the decision has to be ours. The team's opinion is also very important to us.

"The World Cup will be a very tense phase for the team and we have to do everything we can to make it as pleasant as possible for the players and create the best possible conditions."

The Schlosshotel Lerbach, a rambling late-19th century manor house set in its own extensive grounds, was chosen by Klinsmann's predecessor, Rudi Voeller, but does not suit the new Klinsmann era. The 30-minute drive to the BayArena is also thought too long.

Klinsmann said a complete change was being considered, and even the possibility of the German squad moving hotels throughout the tournament.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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