Klinsmann set to be coach

BERLIN: Juergen Klinsmann looked set to take over from Rudi Voeller as the Germany coach after saying on Wednesday that he had agreed to help the team he once graced. 

“I was delighted to see the German Football Association (DFB) accept my offer to help the German national team in their preparations for the 2006 World Cup in Germany,” Klinsmann said in a statement. 

The former Germany captain did not say what his exact role would be but it seemed likely that he would replace Voeller, who stepped down after his team failed to survive the group stage of Euro 2004. 

CHANGE OF GUARD: Former international Juergen Klinsmann (right) looks set to replace Rudi Voeller (left) as German coach.

The DFB, who had been desperately looking for a coach over the past few weeks, had said earlier on Wednesday that Klinsmann had been approached. 

DFB president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder and his deputy Werner Hackmann met with Klinsmann on Tuesday in New York, the ruling body said. 

The DFB said in a statement that the two officials had met Klinsmann “in relation to the future of the German national team”. 

The 39-year-old, who lifted the World Cup with Germany alongside Voeller in 1990, lives in the US and has been involved in sports marketing since ending his playing career. 

The former Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur striker has a training licence but no coaching experience. 

Klinsmann, who played 108 times for Germany and ended his international career after the 1998 World Cup in France, said the talks with the DFB officials had been constructive. 

“We had open talks for five hours in New York in which we analysed the situation of the national team,” Klinsmann said. 

“I repeated that I was ready to help working on new structures and we have agreed to continue talking,” he added. – Reuters  

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