Klinsmann goes with youth
By Zoe Feather
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
German coach Jurgen Klinsmann is set to give his young talent a chance to prove themselves.
German coach Jurgen Klinsmann is set to give his young talent a chance to prove themselves in Saturday's friendly with Iran.
Germany, who as hosts have automatically qualified for the 2006 World Cup, will take on Iran in front of a frenzied 100,00 men-only crowd in Tehran.
Without qualifiers to play Germany's schedule is filled with friendlies - giving Klinsmann ample opportunity to experiment.
Following a 3-1 victory over Austria in his first match and a confidence-building draw against Brazil last month, the former German star has made an impressive start to his managerial career.
He has also not been frightened to field new blood, such as young Chelsea defender Robert Huth, who had a superb game against Brazil.
Huth is expected to line up against Iran, alongside squad newcomers Thomas Hitzlsperger, 22, and Per Mertesacker, 20, and Klinsmann has made it clear that young talent represents the future of the German national team following their disappointing Euro 2004 exit.
"This is a preparatory time for us," Klinsmann said.
"With each game up to 2006 we will be gaining experience, we have a young team and I am a young coach.
"We have a lot to learn. I will be giving the chance to younger players.
"I have told all the experienced players that this is my priority and I hope they understand.
"We have a clear mission here to get the team ready for the World Cup."
The game will also be a learning experience for Iran as it is the first time the country has hosted a major world soccer power in decades.
Football is a rapidly growing sport in Iran and like Brazil has developed very much from street football.
With a population of 70 million, Iran has the potential to become the best team in Asia .
Despite the momentous occasion Iranian women will not be able to watch the match.
The Iranian Football Federation upheld a ban on Iranian women at stadiums even though they represent many of the country's most passionate fans.