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Klinsmann won't exclude coaching Chinese national team

Ecns.cn | Updated: 2019-04-16 10:40
Inter Forever's Jurgen Klinsmann gestures to fans after the match in London, March 30, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

While on a visit to Beijing, Jurgen Klinsmann, the German football manager, pundit and former player, said he would not exclude the possibility of becoming the head coach of China's national team.

Bundesliga International has opened a new China office in Beijing, with the 1990 World Cup winner making a tour as a special guest from April 12 to 14.

Klinsmann said experiences in playing football cannot be simply repeated in different countries, noting that China and Germany have many differences in training and leagues.

He also said the United States has made new developments in football in recent years, paying more attention to the 18-to-20 year-old age group.

Responding to a question about how to improve China's football performance, Klinsmann stressed people cannot make good decisions without a sound understanding of the development of football in a country.

He said it was his first trip to Beijing and he has limited understanding of Chinese culture, the Chinese Super League and Chinese coaches and players, so he is unable to give an easy suggestion.

Klinsmann had a good international career, collecting 108 caps and scoring 47 goals for West Germany/Germany in top-level international matches. In 2004, he returned to Germany as head coach of the national team. In July 2008, he took over as coach of Bayern Munich and in 2011 was named the 35th head coach of the United States national team.

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