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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Daum for Germany?

BERLIN -- Christoph Daum re-emerged Monday as the favorite to become Germany's new trainer after a bid to pair him in a "dream team" coaching duo with Bayern Munich's Ottmar Hitzfeld failed over the weekend.

Daum's club, Bayer Leverkusen, does not want to release him from his contract, which runs for another season. But signs are growing that the 46-year-old master motivator might divide his time between club and country at first.

Franz Beckenbauer said he had dropped his reservations about the so-called "half-Daum" solution after a week of maneuvering following the national team's humiliating early exit from Euro 2000.

"The ideal solution would be to have Christoph Daum as national coach immediately," Bayern chairman Beckenbauer wrote in his column for the Bild newspaper.