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Monday, February 08, 2010

Do The German FA Not Want To Win The World Cup

If you remember the 2006 World Cup, you may recall that relations between then coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the German Football Association were frosty, to say the least. In fact, despite leading Germany to third place in the Finals, Klinsmann choose not to renew his contract and he walked away.

Well, it appears that history is repeating itself. The DFB (German Football Association) have apparently given current coach Joachim Low a 48 hour deadline to agree a new contract.

Needless to say, Low is livid and, speaking to ZDF TV, said:

"I am the national team coach and I will not be given any ultimatum. It is our right to make demands and whoever knows us knows that we are not hungry for power or money.

"We are interested in other things like the development of the team."

And so it looks like the German Football Association's hardball tactics have back-fired once again and - just like in 2006 - they will go into the World Cup Finals with a coach whose contract expires at the end of the tournament. The DFB should really put the interests of the German national team ahead of trying to assert their authority over a very capable manager. If it ain't broke, don't break it.

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