Oliver Bierhoff has resigned as Germany’s sporting director with immediate effect.
The former striker was the manager of Germany’s national teams and academy, but stepped down from all roles after a hugely disappointing World Cup campaign.
Germany were tipped 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 in contrast to goals.
Since Germany was 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, with the nation winning the World Cup in 2014 and the Confederations Cup in 2017, both under his guidance.
They also reached the final of Euro 2008 and appeared in three other semi-finals in major competitions around this time. However, after failing in Qatar, Bierhoff decided to step down.
In a statement, he said: “I have today informed German FA President Bernd Neuendorf of my decision.
“I clear the way to set a new course.”
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He added: “My work has been based on the belief to do my best for the German FA and the national teams.
“But that only makes the results of the men’s national team at the World Cups in Russia and Qatar more painful. That’s why I’m not leaving without the necessary self-criticism.
“We have failed to repeat previous successes and give fans reason to celebrate over the past four years.
“Some decisions we had been convinced of turned out to be wrong. No one regrets it more than me. I take responsibility for it. »
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