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UPDATED: 08:13, June 06, 2006
Germany to play fast attacking football at World Cup: Klinsmann
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Hosts Germany will play fast-paced attacking football in the coming World Cup and they are near their peak form for the trophy on home soil, coach Juergon Klinsmann said on Monday.

He told a press conference in the afternoon that his squad were well prepared after the last warm-up against Colombia, which Germany won 3-0.

"Everything works well so far," said Klinsmann, the former striker who helped Germany win the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

"We aim high and look forward to playing great football in World Cup," he said, adding that they had booked hotel in Berlin for the final.

Klinsmann, 42, had no coaching experience when taking charge of the German national squad in the summer of 2004.

He replaced Rudi Voeller, his regular strike partner at the 1990 World Cup, who quit as Germany boss following his side's first-round exit at Euro 2004.

Since then, Klinsmann has shaken up the infrastructure of the German team, changing it from its slow and predictable style under Voeller to become more fast-paced and focus on attack.

He brought in American fitness trainers and a psychologist, surrounded himself with trusted former teammates, and dismissed several long-term staff members.

The new boss enjoyed a near-perfect start to his time in office, opening his reign with a 3-1 victory in Austria before earning a deserved 1-1 draw with Brazil in a repeat of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final.

In the recent warm-ups, Klinsmann's men routed Luxembourg 7-0, tied Japan 2-2, and crushed Colombia 3-0, scoring 12 goals and conceding only two.

Klinsmann picked up several young talents, such as Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and Cologne's striker Lukas Podolski, who remarkably reinforced the prolific marksman Miroslav Klose from Werder Bremen and irreplaceable driving force Michael Ballack from Bayern Munich.

These four could break the "solid" defense of any team at the World Cup with their well-organized blitz.

"Now, we take on the hope of the whole country. We have big objectives and we are confident." Klinsmann noted.

Source: Xinhua

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