Football: 'Der General' Ottmar Hitzfeld marches into history
Published on Jul 2, 2014 6:19 AM
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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