Klinsmann to step down

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Two German newspapers have reported that Juergen Klinsmann, who coached Germany to a third-place finish at the World Cup last week, is stepping down.

Klinsmann to step down

Frankfurt:

Two German newspapers have reported that Juergen Klinsmann, who coached Germany to a third-place finish at the World Cup last week, is stepping down. The mass-circulation Bild newspaper and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that Klinsmann will not extend his contract which ended with the World Cup. Klinsmann called German soccer federation (DFB) co-president Theo Zwanziger and national team manager Oliver Bierhoff to tell them that he would not be staying in the job. DFB spokesman Harald Stenger confirmed Klinsmann had called Zwanziger and Bierhoff but would not disclose the details of the conversation. Possible successor The two newspapers said Klinsmann's assistant Joachim Loew was the likely successor. Klinsmann's rejuvenated team went beyond expectations by finishing third, after losing to eventual champion Italy 2-0 in the semifinals. The team's attacking, entertaining game triggered a wave of euphoria in the country and played a major role in the World Cup being a huge success. Klinsmann became a German hero again and the team was celebrated when it paid farewell to its fans at a Berlin party on Sunday, hours before the final, in which Italy beat France on penalties to win its fourth title. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Franz Beckenbauer, Germany's most influential soccer personality who was the chief of the World Cup organising committee, had both urged Klinsmann to stay. (AP)

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