Klinsmann shuffles German national team

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12 August 2004 , FRANKFURT - Germany's new national football coach Juergen Klinsmann added only one new face - Werder Bremen defender Frank Fahrenhorst - to the list of players named Thursday for the August 18 friendly against Austria. With Fahrenhorst, a total of five players from Bundesliga champions and Cup winners Werder Bremen are on the 19-name list presented by Klinsmann for the match in Vienna. But the coach shied away from adding Bayern midfielder Sebastian Deisler to the German side despite the s

12 August 2004

FRANKFURT - Germany's new national football coach Juergen Klinsmann added only one new face - Werder Bremen defender Frank Fahrenhorst - to the list of players named Thursday for the August 18 friendly against Austria.

With Fahrenhorst, a total of five players from Bundesliga champions and Cup winners Werder Bremen are on the 19-name list presented by Klinsmann for the match in Vienna.
But the coach shied away from adding Bayern midfielder Sebastian Deisler to the German side despite the strong form shown by the youngster early in the new season.

Deisler is making a comeback after missing most of last season for treatment for clinical depression, with Bayern club officials cautioning that they did not want too much pressure being placed on the youngster too soon. Klinsmann evidently agreed.

"Sebastian's performance in the League Cup and Bundesliga have made us all happy," Klinsmann remarked.

"But we have to keep an eye on the future. We need a Deisler in top form for the 2006 World Cup and do not want now to demand too much from him after his long break," he added.

The match at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna is to mark the 100th anniversary of the Austrian Football Federation.

Klinsmann also indicated that the position of goalkeeper - for several years firmly held by Bayern's Kahn - may now be up for grabs.

"We are taking along three keepers because we want to get a better picture of the three players," he said about Kahn, Lehmann and Hildebrand.

"Since we won't have any qualification matches, in the upcoming matches we can always keep changing our goalkeepers," he said, referring to the fact that as host, Germany is automatically qualified for the 2006 World Cup.

Germany and Austria have so far played 32 times against each other, with Germany having won 18 to Austria's 8 wins, with six matches ending in a draw.

Germany won its last match against Austria 6-2 in Leverkusen in May, 2002. 

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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