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German coach Neid under pressure to quit
Deutsche Welle, July 12th, 2011 1:52PM

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Shortly before the Women's World Cup began, Silvia Neid signed a contract to remain as German national team coach through 2016, but Germany's shock loss to Japan in the quarterfinals has her rethinking her future.

On Tuesday, Neid told Bild she "needs time out" from the game and that she must see whether she can motivate herself for Euro 2013, Germany's next test since its quarterfinal exit knocked it out of the 2012 Olympics.

Much of the heavy criticism Neid has received in the German media concerns her benching of star Birgit Prinz. They say Neid should have dealt with the Prinz issue before the tournament -- when the forward suffered an ankle injury in training -- but not in the middle of the tournament.

On Monday Prinz's father, Stefan, said of Neid on German radio, "It would be clever if she called it quits now."

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