By Emre Asikci
ISTANBUL (AA) - The German Football Association (DFB) has sacked sporting director Oliver Bierhoff after the team's early exit from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
"Oliver Bierhoff and the DFB have today agreed to terminate his contract, which was originally due to run until 2024," the German football governing body said in a statement Monday.
"Oliver Bierhoff has been of incredible service to the DFB. Even though we have fallen short of expectations on the pitch in recent tournaments, he has been behind big moments," said DFB President Bernd Neuendorf.
"His work will forever be intertwined with our World Cup triumph in Brazil. Even in turbulent times, he always followed his goals and visions and has helped shape the DFB in a sustainable manner," he added.
The 54-year-old joined the DFB in 2004 following a stellar playing career, with Germany winning the World Cup in 2014, their fourth title.
In the ongoing tournament, they finished third in Group E behind Japan and Spain with just four points in three games, including a shock defeat to Japan.