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Germany coach Neid to step down; Jones to take over

Germany coach Silvia Neid. (Getty Images)

Germany coach Silvia Neid. (Getty Images)

Germany coach Silvia Neid will retire next year and be succeeded by Steffi Jones, the German Football Association (DFB) announced on Monday. Neid will take a role as a scouting role with the DFB in 2016.

Germany is currently ranked No. 1 in the world heading into this summer’s Women’s World Cup in Canada. Neid will oversee the team at this year’s World Cup and will turn the team over to Jones next summer. Neid said the decision was made “a while ago.”

“We are bringing some of the most important figures in women’s football together and building a structure accordingly,” DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach said. “Silvia Neid has achieved a lot in the game and her experience will be crucial in her new role. Steffi Jones has been involved in the set-up for a number of years and knows the game well. We’re certain she is the correct successor to Neid.”

Neid took over the post in 2005 and has since led Germany to a World Cup title in 2007 and European crowns in 2009 and 2013. Neid, 50, has been a part of all eight of Germany’s European championships as either a player, assistant coach or coach.

Jones, 42, will take over for Neid in 2016 after serving in an administrative job for the DFB. She was the president of the organizing committee for the 2011 World Cup in Germany. Jones won the World Cup in 2003 and the European title in 1997, 2001 and 2005.

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