January 30, 2008 / 7:57 PM / 10 years ago

Soccer-Klinsmann chooses American coach Vasquez as assistant

BERLIN, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Juergen Klinsmann has chosen Mexican-born American coach Martin Vasquez to work as his number two when he takes over at Bayern Munich next season, the Bundesliga club said in a statement on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old Vasquez played for both the Mexican and U.S. national teams and has held assistant coaching roles at Major League Soccer sides LA Galaxy and Chivas USA.

”I’ve known Martin since 2003 when he was training at an elite football camp in the United States,“ Klinsmann said in a Bayern statement. ”I was impressed by his positive leadership style and I recommended him to LA Galaxy.

“He speaks perfect English and Spanish and he’s started a German course.”

Klinsmann was the mastermind behind Germany’s run to third place at the 2006 World Cup but he delegated the training to Joachim Loew, who replaced him as head coach after the tournament.

The question of who would take the main assistant’s role at Bayern Munich has been a burning issue in Germany ever since the club announced Klinsmann’s appointment on a two-year contract starting in July, after Ottmar Hitzfeld steps down. (Writing by Kevin Fylan; Editing by Sonia Oxley)

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