“I clear the way to mark a new course”

Oliver Bierhoff has resigned as Germany’s sports director with immediate effect.

The former striker was the coach of Germany’s national teams and academy but resigned from all roles after a very disappointing World Cup campaign.

Bierhoff resigned as Germany’s sports director

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Germany endured a torrid World Cup, leaving Bierhoff with no choice but to leave

Germany were predicted for a strong performance in Qatar but were knocked out of the group stage after picking up just four points from their matches against Japan, Spain and Costa Rica, collapsing on goal difference.

With Germany seen as a dark horse for the competition, elimination at the first hurdle was seen as a significant failure, especially after being eliminated at the same stage at Russia 2018.

Bierhoff had worked for the German FA since 2004, and the nation won the World Cup in 2014 and the Confederations Cup in 2017, both under his stewardship.

They also reached the Euro 2008 final and appeared in three other semi-finals in major competitions around this time. However, after failing in Qatar, Bierhoff decided to resign.

In a statement, he said: “Today I informed the president of the German FA, Bernd Neuendorf, of my decision.

“I open the way to mark a new course. »

There will probably be a big overhaul of German football after the disappointment.

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There will probably be a big overhaul of German football after the disappointment.

He added: “My work has been based on the belief of doing my best for the German FA and national teams.

“But that only makes the results of the men’s team at the World Cups in Russia and Qatar more painful. That is why I am not leaving without the necessary self-criticism.

“We have not been able to repeat previous successes and give fans reason to celebrate over the last four years.

“Some decisions that we were convinced of turned out to be wrong. No one regrets it more than me. I take responsibility for it. »

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