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Bayern guarantees Klinsmann’s job until end of season

FC Bayern Munich’s embattled coach Jürgen Klinsmann has been guaranteed a job until the end of the current season by club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bayern guarantees Klinsmann's job until end of season
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Klinsmann, the much lauded former coach of the German national football team, took over the helm at Bayern this season, but he has failed to produce results at the Bundesliga’s most demanding side. Although the fans and the officials in Munich expect nothing less than the league title and decent run in the Champions League, Klinsmann’s team is currently wallowing in eleventh place.

But the notoriously testy and uncompromising Rummenigge told the Tuesday edition of the Bild that Klinsmann would have till the end of the season to prove himself.

“We’re convinced by Jürgen and his philosophy. He’s the right coach for us,” Rummenigge said, adding there was “no doubt” that Klinsmann would still be in charge at the end of the season. “In principle he’s doing everything right. Only the results at the moment aren’t the right ones.”

Bayern’s disappointing 3-3 draw with VfL Bochum last weekend has plunged the Bundeliga’s most successful club into its worst start to the season in 31 years.

MUNICH

Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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