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Oct 8, 2013

Hyypia mocked over England role

German broadsheet Die Welt has mocked Bayer Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia, who is shadowing England boss Roy Hodgson during the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Sami Hyppia is giving Bayer Leverkusen hope of shaking off an unwanted nickname.
Sami Hyypia is eager to add to his experience as a coach.

Following Leverkusen’s 1-1 draw with Treble holders Bayern Munich on Saturday, the former Liverpool captain left Leverkusen for London on Monday evening.

Hyypia, 40, is set to shadow Hodgson in the upcoming ten days, having played under him during his time as a Finland international from 2006 to 2007.

"That’s important for my education," Hyypia, who earned his coaching credentials during a course in Finland this summer, told Bild. Die Welt, however, questioned if Hodgson's style and image is right for the Liverpool legend.

In a column, which in part was intended as satire, the paper looked on Hodgson’s standing in the English media and came to the conclusion that "every employee of a German job centre would advise Hyypia against a continuing education" under Hodgson.

"You would rather join Wolfsburg instead," the paper said as the obvious answer for job-seekers in those cases, before questioning whether Hyppia's time would be better spent in the Bayer Company Kindergarten, and whether or not the club would reinvent the sweeper on his return from the England camp.

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