Bloomberg, Jan 12: Klinsmann, the legend of German football , will next season become the coach of Bayern Munich, the richest soccer club in Germany. It was Kilsmann who guided Germany to thrid place at the 2006 World Cup.
Klinsmann will replace Ottmar Hitzfeld on July 1 and sight a two year contract, chairman Karl- Heninz Rummenigge said,
There are only a few opportunities to work on a standard as provided by Bayern,'' Klinsmann told the press conference. It's something very special. It's an honor for me.'' Bayern only leads second-placed Werder Bremen on goal difference even after the Bavarian club spent 70 million euros ($104 million) on players preseason. The team has won two of its past seven league matches, scoring only four goals.
Former striker Klinsmann, who won the UEFA Cup and Bundesliga in a two-year stint through 1997 as a Bayern player, scored 47 goals in 108 appearances for Germany and was a member of the World Cup-winning team of 1990 before captaining the country to victory at the European Championship six years later.
He played for Stuttgart, Inter Milan, Monaco, Tottenham, Bayern and Sampdoria during a 20-year career before becoming a technical adviser at Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer and a partner in U.S.-based sports marketing company Soccer Solutions. As Bayern coach, he may have to relocate from California, where he's lived since 1998.
"Klinsmann has to deliver and he won't have an endless amount of time,'' Udo Lattek, who coached Bayern to six league titles and the European Cup in 1974, told N24 television.
Klinsmann built his coaching credentials after taking charge of Germany in July 2004. He introduced new training techniques and overhauled a squad that failed to win a game at that year's European Championship. Two years later he unexpectedly led the team -the tournament's youngest to the semifinals of the World Cup.
German team's strong performance in the cup restored Germany's reputation as a top footballing nation. Due to his success coaching the national team, Klismann was awarded the Bundesverdienstlreuz. He was even referred to as " Kaiser"' a term meaning " emperor" in German , usually reserved for German footballing greats.