||ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010
Friday, March 7, 2008
Coach Fanz happy with Cuban fitness levels
HAVANA, March 6 (Reuters) - Cuba's new soccer coach Reinhold Fanz says his team is very fit but needs to improve tactically to have a chance of qualifying for the World Cup finals.
Just hours after unpacking his bags at a Havana hotel,
German Fanz was meeting the players and speaking to the media
'The goal is to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. I have seen
the Cuban team and they have a very good level of fitness, but
they have to work on the tactics of the game,' he said.
'The Cuban players are talented, fast and very keen to
work,' said Fanz, who faces a daunting task. Cuba are ranked
71st in the world and have not reached the World Cup finals
since 1938, when they lost 8-0 to Sweden in the quarter-finals.
The former Fortuna Dusseldorf player has coached Bundesliga
clubs Hanover 96 and Eintracht Frankfurt but has never
previously managed a national team.
Fanz, 54, was loaned by German lower-league side Bonner SC
to the Cuban Soccer Association. Cuba will cover his living and
The first World Cup qualifying game is in June, against
Antigua and Barbuda or Aruba.