New coaches face new challengesin international friendlies

16th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2004 , HAMBURG - Juergen Klinsmann begins his new career as Germany's football coach with a friendly international in Vienna against Austria on Wednesday. The World Cup winner was surprise choice as national team coach after Rudi Voeller's resignation following Germany's disappointing first round exit at Euro. In his first game in charge, Klinsmann however failed to ring in the changes and Werder Bremen defender Frank Fahrenhorst is the only player in the squad who did not travel to Portugal. Eng

16 August 2004

HAMBURG - Juergen Klinsmann begins his new career as Germany's football coach with a friendly international in Vienna against Austria on Wednesday.

The World Cup winner was surprise choice as national team coach after Rudi Voeller's resignation following Germany's disappointing first round exit at Euro.

In his first game in charge, Klinsmann however failed to ring in the changes and Werder Bremen defender Frank Fahrenhorst is the only player in the squad who did not travel to Portugal.

England coach, Sven-Goran Eriksson, on the other hand, called up a number of untested players for England's friendly in Newcastle against Ukraine on Wednesday.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, Glen Johnson, Chris Kirkland and Jermain Defoe have all been drafted into the squad for a game that Eriksson needs to win to take away some of the pressure he has been facing after the scandal involving his relationship with an employee of the English FA.

Wednesday night sees a whole host of international friendlies being played, with many countries taking the opportunity of getting some international action before the European World Cup qualifiers start in earnest on September 4.

For France, Wednesday night sees the start of the 'sans Zidane' period, with the World Footballer of the Year having announced his retirement from international football last week. The former world champions are at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In Prague, the Czech Republic will have an opportunity to avenge the disappointing Euro semi-final defeat by Greece as they take on the surprise Euro champions.

Greek coach Otto Rehhagel was one of the coaches to turn down the Germany job, saying that he was determined to take the Greek side to the World Cup and the match against the Czechs could provide a good indication whether they are up to it.

Former Dutch international Marco van Basten, who took over the Netherlands coaching position from Dick Advocaat after Euro, has made several changes to the squad which will face Sweden in Solna. Some of the players dropped from the side are Patrick Kluivert and Philip Cocu as he called up six new players.

In other friendly matches involving European sides, Jordan take on Azerbaijan, the Republic of Ireland are at home against Bulgaria, while Denmark travel to Poland.

Norway take on Belgium in Oslo, while Italy are away to Iceland. Surprise Euro finalists Latvia take on Wales, while beleaguered Scotland coach Berti Vogts takes on his former player Lothar Matthaeus, who is now in charge of Hungary.

Slovenia are at home to Serbia & Montenegro, while Estonia face Georgia. Israel travel to Zagreb for their match against Croatia.

Four European World Cup qualifiers will also be played on Wednesday, with the Group One match between Romania and Finland being the pick of the bunch. In the same group Macedonia are at home to Armenia.

In Group Three, two footballing minnows, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg open their qualifying campaign against Estonia and in Slovakia respectively.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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