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Football: 'Der General' Ottmar Hitzfeld marches into history

Published on Jul 2, 2014 6:19 AM
 
Switzerland's coach Ottmar Hitzfeld embraces player Xherdan Shaqiri after they were defeated in extra time in their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Argentina at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014. Argentina on Tuesday ended Switzerland’s World Cup run and brought to a close the career of Ottmar Hitzfeld, one of Europe’s greatest managers. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Argentina on Tuesday ended Switzerland’s World Cup run and brought to a close the career of Ottmar Hitzfeld, one of Europe’s greatest managers.

Hitzfeld, 65, was unable to overcome Lionel Messi’s team in the World Cup last 16, a challenge complicated by news of the death of his 81-year-old brother.

The German had said he would retire after the World Cup. And unlike fellow coaches Cesare Prandelli, Alberto Zaccheroni, Sabri Lamouchi, Stephen Keshi and Luis Fernando Suarez, who all stepped down after defeats, he leaves with his reputation intact.

 
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