Klinsmann sacked by Bayern Munich

FC Bayern Munich’s coach Jürgen Klinsmann, 44, has been fired after a disappointing showing from his team this season, the club's website announced on Monday.

Klinsmann sacked by Bayern Munich
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The 44-year-old has been rumoured to be on the chopping block for several weeks, despite having been with the team for just eight months. His contract had been set to run until 2010.

“Naturally I’m disappointed right now,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “But I’d still like to thank FC Bayern Munich, its fans, the coaching staff and the players for an eventful time from the bottom of my heart.”

Klinsmann’s replacement for the season’s final five games will be 63-year-old Jupp Heynckes, who already led the floundering powerhouse team from July 1987 to October 1991.

“This was a very difficult decision for us to make,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “But the results from the past weeks, they way they came about, and, more than anything, the situation five match days before the end of the season forced us to act out of responsibility to the club.”

Bayern picked Klinsmann last year with high hopes following his successful stint as the coach of the German national team. Despite having what was considered an average collection of players, Klinsmann managed to take the side to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

But Klinsmann had never coached at the club level and the latest in a series of humiliating defeats for Bayern came this weekend with a 1-0 loss at home to Schalke, leaving the Bundesliga’s defending champions in third place.

“We’ve laid the groundwork for the future and I still believe the team can become champion this season,” Klinsmann said.

The beleaguered Klinsmann made headlines earlier this month when he attempted to sue daily newspaper Die Tageszeitung for printing a cover image of him being crucified for their Easter edition.

His lawyer said the coach felt his dignity had been violated by the cover, which read “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” – a spoof on the Monty Python film “Life of Brian.”

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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.

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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.