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Klinsmann Plans Not to Attend 'Order of Merit' Ceremony

Germany's former national football coach, Juergen Klinsman, has told a German newspaper that he will not attend a ceremony at which he was to receive the German Order of Merit from President Horst Kohler.

Klinsman, 41, resigned last week, saying he was "burned out" after leading the host-German team to a surprising third-place finish at the World Cup earlier this month.

He told Tuesday's Bild newspaper that he feels honored but that he will not attend the August 14 ceremony in Berlin because he needs six months away from football.

Klinsman also pointed out that the ceremony is just two days before Germany's first national team match following the World Cup. He said others should be at the center of attention.

Kohler will award the players the Silver Laurel.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.