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Klinsmann delight at Löw arrival

Joachim Löw has been named assistant to Germany's new national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann.

Two-year contract
Löw is the latest addition to Germany's backroom staff, following Klinsmann's arrival and the appointment of Oliver Bierhoff as team manager. Löw's contract will commence on 1 August and run until after the FIFA World Cup finals on 30 July 2006. The 44-year-old led VfB Stuttgart from 1996-98. His most recent job was as coach of FK Austria Wien, a post from which he was sacked in March.

Klinsmann happy
Klinsmann, 40 today, said he was pleased to have secured Löw's services, particularly after Holger Osieck turned down a similar coaching position earlier this week. "I have found a competent coach in Joachim Löw, who was my favourite and who fits the job profile," he said. "I have known him for many years and I have great respect for him. He will have lots of responsibility and I am sure it is in good hands."

Löw thoughts
Löw himself added: "It is an honour to take up such a responsible position with the national team." As hosts, Germany qualify automatically for the World Cup finals.