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Sport Bild Report:
German FA considers bringing back Völler to fulfill Bierhoff's role

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

Germany's main sporting tabloid reports that the German FA are considering former German national team coach Rudi Völler as a temporary stand-in for the position vacated by Oliver Bierhoff. 
Rudi Völler.
Rudi Völler.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0
In front of a gorgeous fan choreo at the BayArena, former World Cup winner and German national team trainer Rudi Völler officially ended his administrative career at the end of last season. The now 62-year-old German footballing legend stepped aside after 17 seasons as managing director of Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Völler's has since been appointed to the DFB task force assigned with rebuilding the German FA's administrative apparatus following the recent World Cup exit and resignation of long-time managing director Oliver Bierhoff. Germany's main sporting tabloid now reports that German FA is considering appointing Völler to Bierhoff's position, though only on a temporary basis.

Germany's "Sport Bild" writes that Völler could be used as a "bridge solution" until a permanent candidate for the position could be found. Rumors that the DFB are considering current Hertha sporting CEO Fredi Bobic continue to abound, but a more established figure not currently tied down to a club contract seems to be the goal ahead of the 2024 European Championship.

Völler, who coached the German national team to the 2002 World Cup Final, could work as such a figure. Völler's gravitas and demonstrated administrative vigor would provide the DFB with a steady hand over the next 18 months. In a recent interview with "Sport Bild", Völler left open whether he would consider the appointment.

The recent retiree noted that "in principle, plans for my life look different". The fact that the 1990 World Cup Winner left open the possibility of returning to the DFB does render him a potential candidate. Völler was fired as the country's Bundestrainer following a disappointing group stage exit in the 2004 Euros.

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