Former Germany striker and coach Rudi Voller is the brand new sporting director of the lads’s nationwide group, the German soccer federation stated Thursday.
Federation president Bernd Neuendorf and vice chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke will current Voller as Oliver Bierhoff’s substitute on Friday.
He’ll take over formally on Feb. 1.
Bierhoff was the primary – and up to now solely – managerial casualty of Germany’s early World Cup exit in Qatar after agreeing final month to resign after 18 years of administration roles with the federation. By the point he completed, Bierhoff oversaw the entire nation’s nationwide soccer groups and its academy.
Germany coach Hansi Flick is staying on, tasked with profitable again supporters in time for the 2024 European Championship hosted by Germany.
“Rudi is a solid fixture in German soccer,” Flick said. “He thrilled followers as a participant, coach and supervisor. Because of his expertise with the nationwide group and a few years of labor with Bayer Leverkusen, he’s the correct particular person for the upcoming duties.”
Voller, whose objectives helped West Germany win the World Cup in 1990, performed 90 instances for the nationwide group between 1982-94. He was coach from 2000-04 and helped steer Germany to the 2002 World Cup closing.
“The first thing we have to do is lay the foundation, with the support of the whole of Germany, for a successful European Championship at home,” Voller said. “We’ve the gamers for it. From these many prime gamers we now need to type a close-knit unit once more, a strong-willed and likable nationwide group with the clear purpose of profitable again the unreserved help of the followers. ”
Voller, who additionally has managerial expertise as Bayer Leverkusen sporting director, was the really useful alternative of the duty power appointed by Neuendorf and Watzke comprised of Voller himself, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn, Matthias Sammer and Oliver Mintzlaff. Their proposal was accredited by the federation’s committee.
“In Rudi Voller, we’ve found the ideal person for the next 20 months,” Neuendorf said. “Voller is without doubt one of the greats in German soccer. I am wanting ahead to working collectively and really feel constructive looking forward to Euro 2024.”