No place for 'new Germans' on national team

23rd August 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 August 2005, FRANKFURT, GERMANY - German national team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Tuesday that Schalke 04 playmaker Lincoln is no candidate for the team if he exchanges his Brazilian passport for a German one.

23 August 2005

FRANKFURT, GERMANY - German national team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Tuesday that Schalke 04 playmaker Lincoln is no candidate for the team if he exchanges his Brazilian passport for a German one.

"We are happy that such a unique player is interested in playing for Germany. Although he would surely strengthen the team, we decided after some deliberation to reject his offer because national team player should have a better link to Germany than Lincoln has," Bierhoff said on behalf of himself and coach Juergen Klinsmann.

The Schalke 04 playmaker Lincoln was quoted as saying over the past days that he was interested in general to change citizenship and to get a place on the team ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

German football supremo Theo Zwanziger had voiced his dissent on Monday, alleging that Lincoln was only toying with the idea because he has no chance of making the Brazil team.

A few years ago Sean Dundee gave up his South African passport for a German one by suggestion of then coach Berti Vogts, but eventually never played on the team.

German football officials said that other players such as Kevin Kuranyi (born in Brazil) and Gerald Asamoah (Ghana) were not of German descent, but contrary to Lincoln had started their football career in Germany after already living in the country.

DPA

Subject: German news

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