Germany’s staff director Oliver Bierhoff has stepped apart two years early after his nation crashed out within the group stage for the second consecutive World Cup, the nationwide affiliation stated Monday.
The four-time World Cup winners had a poor marketing campaign in Qatar, which included defeat in opposition to Japan of their opening sport.
Bierhoff and the German Soccer Affiliation (DFB) have agreed “to terminate his contract, which runs till 2024, early,” the affiliation stated in an announcement.
Former striker Bierhoff, who scored two targets within the Euro 1996 ultimate when Germany final gained the event, had labored for the physique since 2004.
Bierhoff was an influential and really public determine alongside coaches Juergen Klinsmann, then Joachim Loew earlier than Hansi Flick took over in 2021.
DFB president Bernd Neuendorf stated in an announcement that Bierhoff had “rendered nice companies to the (affiliation)”.
Whereas the previous couple of tournaments “fell quick”, he would nonetheless be remembered for “nice moments”, Neuendorf stated, highlighting his work on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which Germany gained.
“Even in turbulent instances, he all the time pursued his purpose and imaginative and prescient, and leaves an enduring mark on the DFB,” he added.
The early exit for coach Flick’s staff has left Germany’s as soon as fearsome popularity in tatters.
Germany additionally crashed out 4 years in the past in Russia, and went out within the final 16 in final yr’s European Championship.
Neuendorf and Flick have known as for an overhaul of Germany’s youth improvement system earlier than the nation hosts the 2024 European Championship.
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