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Juergen Klinsmann gets rare German soccer honor

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HAVANA, CUBA - OCTOBER 06: Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States speaks to the media prior to the US Men’s National Team Training at Estadio Pedro Marrero on October 6, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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ERFURT, Germany (AP) Juergen Klinsmann, who won the World Cup with Germany in 1990 and is now coaching the United States, has been named an honorary captain of the German national team.

Klinsmann became the fifth player to receive the distinction after Fritz Walter, Uwe Seeler, Franz Beckenbauer and Lothar Matthaeus.

Klinsmann won the World Cup with Beckenbauer as coach and later became Germany’s captain, winning the 1996 European Championship. He played in 108 matches, with 36 as its captain, and coached host Germany to third place in the 2006 World Cup.

Receiving the honor at a ceremony, Klinsmann said the national team was “always something special” with “unforgettable moments, encounters and friendships.”

Federation president Reinhard Grindel said Klinsmann had always taken “unconventional paths” to give German football “important impulses.”