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Legendary manager to call it a day after World Cup

2014 will be Hitzfeld's second World Cup. (©GettyImages)
2014 will be Hitzfeld's second World Cup. (©GettyImages).

Switzerland boss Ottmar Hitzfeld will pull the curtain on his illustrious managerial career after next summer's World Cup.

Hitzfeld's announcement comes on the sam day his Switzerland side were announced as one of the eight teams who will be seeded when the draw for the World Cup group stage takes place in December.

The Swiss eased through qualification, finishing top of their group with an impressive seven-point lead over second-placed Iceland. 

The German said: "After 30 years in the strength-sapping world of football, my time has come to stop. I can live without football, there are more important things in life."

The 64-year-old developed a reputation as one of the best managers in Europe during a hugely successful spell in Germany, winning seven Bundesliga titles while at Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, where he had two spells.

Hitzfeld also proved his pedigree in the Champions League by lifting the famous trophy with both the German clubs, becoming the first manager to achieve victory with two different clubs since the competition took it's current format.

Having taken the role of Switzerland national team boss in 2008, his most famous achievement to date took place during the 2010 World Cup group stage, when he masterminded a 1-0 victory over eventual champions Spain.

Upon retirement, the man who was voted Bayern Munich's greatest coach of all time will continue to work as a television analyst, a role he takes much pleasure from, he said: "I like doing it, I'm always right."

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