Schumacher to give Germanfootballers tips on winning

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26 October 2004 , HAMBURG - Germany's national football team may soon be getting some advice from Formula One motor-racing champion Michael Schumacher and legendary mountain climber Reinhold Messner on what it takes to be a winner. Former striker Oliver Bierhoff, now the team's sports manager, is to invite both men to join the national squad in Germany's bid to win the 2006 World Cup on home soil. Coach Juergen Klinsmann has made no secret of his support for a mental trainer to help the team, saying footba

26 October 2004

HAMBURG - Germany's national football team may soon be getting some advice from Formula One motor-racing champion Michael Schumacher and legendary mountain climber Reinhold Messner on what it takes to be a winner.

Former striker Oliver Bierhoff, now the team's sports manager, is to invite both men to join the national squad in Germany's bid to win the 2006 World Cup on home soil.

Coach Juergen Klinsmann has made no secret of his support for a mental trainer to help the team, saying football was lagging behind other sports which often deploy psychologists.

What better than to get arguably the world's greatest racing driver to show what coming first means, and probably the world's greatest mountain climber to demonstrate how to get to the top, Bierhoff suggested in a television interview.

Schumacher, 35, who this year won the Formula One drivers' championship for a record seventh time and has more grand prix wins than any other driver in history, "knows what's needed to be world champion", Bierhoff said.

Meanwhile 60-year-old Messner, the first man to climb Mount Everest without bottled oxygen and the first to conquer all 14 8,000 metre summits, "is an impressive person and can tell the players how to overcome huge tasks".

Klinsmann is quoted in a number of newspaper interviews as saying he will be looking to appoint a mental coach to help players cope with pressure and train body language and concentration.

He said: "I can give you an example: if one of the leading players on the pitch lets his head drop after conceding a goal there is immediately a chain reaction. The others see it and their heads go down as well."

Klinsmann told Tuesday's Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper he was holding talks with a number of experts. The coach has also brought in his own fitness specialists and put the players through fitness tests.

"We want to help everyone to improve," he said. "After the tests I can tell a player not only that he could be two tenths of a second quicker but how he could be quicker.

"In every area were are looking at the 'how', so that players are fitter, mentally stronger and learn how to cope with the stress."

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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