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Hertha BSC coach Jürgen Klinsmann doesn't hold a valid coaching license

By Rune Gjerulff

Hertha BSC coach Jürgen Klinsmann might not be allowed to oversee his side's Bundesliga clash with Bayern München on Sunday due to a coaching license issue.

Jürgen Klinsmann.
Jürgen Klinsmann.Photo: IIJ Events/CC-by-SA 2.0

Hertha BSC coach Jürgen Klinsmann doesn't hold a coaching license valid for the Bundesliga, according to a report from Bild.

If Klinsmann fails to present the required documents to the German Football Association, his assistant Alexander Nouri could be in charge of the team when Hertha BSC take on German champions Bayern München in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Klinsmann, who was appointed Hertha coach until the end of the season in November, says he forgot to take the required paperwork with him from his house in California.

"When I boarded the plane to Berlin at the end of November, I didn't think I would need my coaching licence and the proof of continuing education, because I didn't know then that I would become the coach of Hertha," Klinsmann told Bild and added:

"At Christmas, I simply forgot the documents. At the moment, there is no one in our house in California, because my wife is at my daughter's place of study. But I'm in the process of obtaining all the necessary documents."

Klinsmann obtained his coaching license in 2000. It has to be renewed every three years by providing proof of continual education, and so far Klinsmann hasn't been able to prove that his license is indeed valid by handing in the required documents to the German Football Association.

"We are currently examining this. We know that he has worked on continuing his education in recent years, for example in Mexico and Brazil where less attention was paid to certificates," said head of the DFB academy Tobias Haupt.

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