World Cup 2014: Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will retire after tournament in Brazil
The Swiss are among the top seeds for the tournament after a strong qualification campaign
Thursday 17 October 2013
Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will quit after the World Cup in Brazil next year, he told a news conference today.
"After the World Cup in Brazil, I will be 65 year old," the German, one of the sport's most successful coaches, told reporters at the Swiss federation's headquarters.
"After 30 years in the strength-sapping world of football, my time has come to stop... it was the most difficult decision of my career."
Hitzfeld, who won the Bundesliga five times with Bayern Munich and twice with Borussia Dortmund, as well as the Champions League with both clubs, took over in 2008.
He led Switzerland to the 2010 World Cup and successfully took them through the qualifying campaign for 2014, although they missed out on Euro 2012.
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