Ottmar Hitzfeld retires from football

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 July 2014, 09:57

Ottmar HitzfeldOttmar Hitzfeld has pulled the curtains down on a glorious career in management following Switzerland's exit from the 2014 World Cup. The Swiss team suffered a heart-breaking last-gasp defeat to Argentina in the round-of-16 of the tournament, however they depart Brazil with their heads held high after pushing the South American giants all the way in Sao Paulo.

Hitzfeld won a plethora of honours during a stunning career in the dugout spanning over 30 years, including; 18 major titles, Champions League successes with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, along with a whole host of individual awards. The German, who becomes the fifth World Cup manager to leave his post, has revealed he will now focus on a career as a TV pundit.

Hitzfeld’s final chapter was at Switzerland, with whom he had been in charge of since 2008. The 65-year-old led the country to back-to-back World Cups, with one of his most famous victories beating hot favourites Spain in their opening match pf the 2010 tournament. Under his management the Swiss significantly improved, which is reflected in their current FIFA Ranking of sixth. Meanwhile Vladimir Petkovic will succeed Hitzfeld as head coach of the national team.

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