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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 July, 2004, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
Klinsmann targets glory
Jurgen Klinsmann
Jurgen Klinsmann has set his sights on winning the 2006 World Cup after taking over officially as Germany's new coach.

The former Inter Milan and Tottenham striker, 39, has signed a two-year deal and replaces Rudi Voller, who resigned after a poor showing at Euro 2004.

"I know that the fans in our country have one wish - to win the 2006 World Cup. That is also my aim," he said.

"The potential to do that is there. We can do something, just like the Greeks did at the Euro 2004 tournament."

Klinsmann will work with former Germany striker Oliver Bierhoff, who has signed a two-year deal to be team manager and Joachim Loew, who will be assistant coach.

The German Football Association (DFB) says his assistant will be named next week.

Experienced coach Holger Osieck turned down the chance to be Klinsmann's number two on Tuesday.

Klinsmann added: "It's a difficult task before us, but one which I believe Oliver and I can do.

Klinsmann pictured during his first spell at Spurs
The potential to win the World Cup is there
Jurgen Klinsmann

"It was important to me that I had someone beside me who I understand totally. We have found that man in Oliver."

Former AC Milan striker Bierhoff, 36, said: "I will take care of all the off-pitch matters.

"Naturally, I will offer Jurgen bits of advice but I will not influence his team selection."

Klinsmann started his professional career with VfB Stuttgart in 1988 before moving to Inter and then on to French side Monaco.

He then enjoyed a successful season with Spurs and was named footballer of the year by English football writers in 1995.

The keen traveller in him took Klinsmann back to Germany, and two years at Bayern Munich were followed by another spell in Italy with Sampdoria and a six-month loan move to White Hart Lane.

After retiring from playing following the 1998 World Cup, he worked in sports marketing in California, and also acted as an advisor to Major League side Los Angeles Galaxy.


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