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Switzerland Coach: European Teams Will Find It Very Difficult In Brazil

Switzerland Coach: European Teams Will Find It Very Difficult In Brazil

–Laureus Ambassador Ottmar Hitzfeld is leading the Swiss national team to their second World Cup finals in Brazil. A former manager of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, with both of whom he won the Champions League, he has given an exclusive interview to Laureus.com, ahead of theWorld Cup which begins tomorrow (Thursady, June 12).

Among Ottmar Hitzfeld’s comments are:


On Switzerland…

’We do have the potential to qualify for the round of the last 16. That is our goal. Then there areno limits.

On German football…

‘In club soccer the Bundesliga is the measure of all things and FC Bayern Munich is the best run club [in] the world. The German Nationalteam has a very wide senior squad for the World Cup and Jogi Löw is an outstanding coach. I give Germany a lot of credit in European club soccer as well as in this year’s World Cup.’

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On Brazilian football…

’I have visited Brazil several times and realise what an important status football has in this country. Always and everywhere people play soccer, follow soccer and live soccer. And I witnessed Pelé. For me, still the best player of all time.’

On European teams in Brazil…

‘Very, very difficult. It cannot be a coincidence that a European team couldn’t win a World Cup held in South America. Not in Uruguay, not in Mexico, not in Argentina and for surenot in Brazil.

On Laureus…

‘We need to help [disadvantaged] children to take their chance. Most of them are in an utterly difficult position without being responsible for their own circumstances. All the people in a better situation should help these kids. Sport can be an instrument on their way to a better life. This
is why Laureus is doing such great work – and I’m very proud to be an Ambassador to the Laureus Foundation.’

Source: www.laureus.com

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