Düsseldorf (dpa) – The decades-long coaching career of football globetrotter Uli Stielike is finally over: “In the last four weeks I got used to being retired and therefore decided to end my coaching career.”

“The traveling, the training camps, the stress of appointments – I don’t need that anymore,” said the former Düsseldorf international “Rheinische Post” in an interview.

66-year-old Stielike, who became European champion with Germany in 1980 and became vice world champion in 1982, can still imagine working as an advisor at a club or association in the future. “That would be different when it comes to an advisory role. You have the freedom to organize your time. Let’s wait,” said the 42-time selection player.

The Chinese first-class team Tianjin Teda was Stielike’s last coaching station. In mid-August, the club said goodbye to the German head coach after three years. The German had already announced in April that Tianjin would be his last engagement.

Stielike was a coach from 1989 to 2020. As an active footballer he was European champion, World Cup second and UEFA Cup winner, and later coached the national teams of Ivory Coast, Switzerland and South Korea, among others. In September 2017, the ex-pro of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Real Madrid, born in Ketsch in Baden-Württemberg, signed with Tianjin Teda.

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