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Osieck blow for coach Klinsmann

BERLIN, July 28 (Reuters) - Holger Osieck will not join the German national side as an assistant to new coach Juergen Klinsmann.

Klinsmann and Osieck, who was head coach Franz Beckenbauer's deputy during Germany's 1990 World Cup-winning campaign, failed to reach an agreement over a collaboration, the DFB said in a statement.

The news shatters DFB's plan to appoint Klinsmann as head coach and the 55-year-old Osieck as assistant coach, which was believed to be finalised.

The ruling body said a final announcement on the new leadership of the national team would be made on Thursday.

Klinsmann has agreed to coach Germany until after the 2006 World Cup on home soil, replacing Rudi Voeller, who stepped down last month after Germany failed to survive the group stage of Euro 2004.

The DFB wanted Osieck to work with Klinsmann, who was considered after Ottmar Hitzfeld and Otto Rehaggel turned down the job and has no coaching experience.

A former Germany striker and captain, Klinsmann, 39, scored 47 goals from 108 internationals and lifted the World Cup in 1990. He has been living in the United States since ending his playing career in 1998.

source: www.soccernet.com

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