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Klinsmann must be closer to his team, says German FA boss

Written by: Staff
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BERLIN, Mar 12 (Reuters) The head of the German Football Association (DFB) has turned up the pressure on national team coach Juergen Klinsmann by saying he should spend more time in Germany.

''He (Klinsmann) must be closer to the team and must be more present in Germany,'' DFB chief executive Theo Zwanziger told Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Klinsmann is facing growing criticism in Germany for his decision to keep living in the United States.

Since taking the top job in August 2004, he has been commuting between Germany and his home in southern California.

''The question of how present in Germany Klinsmann is has an effect on the atmosphere in this country,'' said Zwanziger, suggesting that the former Germany striker's popularity could suffer if he stayed away.

Klinsmann, under scrutiny since a 4-1 friendly defeat by Italy on March 1, has been scolded by Franz Beckenbauer for missing a two-day World Cup workshop in Duesseldorf that ended on Tuesday.

Zwanziger said he wanted Klinsmann to be in Germany every weekend until the World Cup finals start on June 9.

''Up to the World Cup he must be sitting in the stadiums (in Germany) every weekend,'' the DFB chief said.

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