Voller resigns after Germany crash out

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

German coach Rudi Voller resigned today after the three-time European champions crashed out of Euro 2004.

Voller resigns after Germany crash out
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German coach Rudi Voller resigned today after the three-time European champions crashed out of Euro 2004. "After long consideration, I have decided to step down," an emotional Voller told a press conference here the day after his side were eliminated 2-1 by a second-string Czech Republic side. "I did not take this decision immediately after the match. But I had thought about stepping down before," he added. The president of the German football federation, Gerhard Mayer Vorfelder, said that everyone regrets the decision. Mayer Vorfelder confirmed that former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was in the running to take over. The Germans needed to beat the already-qualified Czechs to qualify for the last eight but missed a host of scoring chances before Czech substitute Milan Baros scored the winning goal 13 minutes from the end. Voller, 44, after the match had said that he wanted to stay on as coach and see out his contract which ran until the 2006 World Cup which will be held in Germany. (AFP)

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