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By ESPN Staff

Hitzfeld confirms interest in coaching Switzerland

BERLIN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Departing Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld wants to take over the Swiss national team after Euro 2008, Germany's Sueddeutsche newspaper reported on Friday.

'To represent a country, to train them for an exact goal and reach the 2010 World Cup - that would be a good stop on the way to retirement,' the 59-year-old German told the newspaper in an interview to be published on Saturday.

'The pressure and expectation in Switzerland would be great, but not unmanageable.'

Jakob Kuhn, the current coach of the Euro 2008 co-hosts, has already stated his intention to step down after the June 7-29 tournament.

Hitzfeld is quitting Bayern at the end of this season, after returning for a second spell at the Bavarian club almost 12 months ago. Juergen Klinsmann will replace him as Bayern coach.

Hitzfeld enjoyed success as a player and coach in Switzerland and he has frequently been mentioned in the media as a possible future coach of the country's national team.

He recently said he would not be interested in another coaching job at a club.