Rudi Völler to take over as Germany team’s sporting director

BERLIN (AP) — The German soccer federation has appointed former Germany coach Rudi Völler as the men’s national team’s new sporting director. The federation says Völler will be presented as Oliver Bierhoff’s replacement on Friday and that he will officially take over on Feb. 1. Bierhoff was the only managerial casualty so far of Germany’s early World Cup exit after agreeing last month to resign. Völler is a former striker whose goals helped West Germany win the World Cup in 1990. He played 90 times for the national team between 1982-94. He was coach from 2000-04 and helped steer Germany to the 2002 World Cup final.

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