Ghana to meet Toppmöller


The Black Stars will hold talks with the 56-year-old German next week in a bid to replace Claude LeRoy with a successful, experienced coach whose commitment to attacking football is matched by a background dealing with leading European stars.

Toppmöller is credited with brilliantly developing the talents of Michael Ballack, Dimitar Berbatov and Brazilian World Cup winner Lucio during his time with Leverkusen and the attraction, for him, is Ghana’s deep pool of high quality footballers and status as, officially, Fifa’s highest ranked African soccer nation.

'Topsi' played successfully for Kaiserslautern, becoming their all time leading scorer with more than a goal every two games, hitting 110 in 204 matches.

After following Johan Cruyff and Pele to the fledgling North American Soccer League he returned to coach Eintracht Frankfurt, Bochum and then Leverkusen and in 2002 he was named German coach of the year thanks to his Champions League Final, German Cup runners-up and Bundesliga second place.