German Goetz frontrunner to coach Vietnam football team

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German coach Falko Goetz is likely to take charge of Vietnam's national men football team, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) said Wednesday.

Goetz used to coach German clubs Hertha Berlin and 1860 Munich. If the contract is finalized, Goetz's remuneration package is expected to reach about US$50,000 per month. This is about $15,000 a month more than what was paid to former Portuguese tactician Henrique Calisto who resigned as head coach of the national team last month.

The additional amount could be paid by the German Embassy in Vietnam as it did in the case of German coach Rainer Willfeld who worked as VFF's technical manager for four years before leaving last month.

In fact, VFF vice chairman Nguyen Lan Trung said two German coaches were expected to come to Vietnam this week for talks.

The second candidate, Juergen Gede, is less likely to come because his contract as technical manager with an Iranian club won't end until June 2011. Also, Gede came to try out as a coach at The Cong club a few years ago, but was not chosen.

VFF chairman Nguyen Trong Hy on Wednesday told the press that all candidates were currently unemployed in their countries, but would be good for Vietnam.

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