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Germany coach considers stepping down

sports Updated: Jul 12, 2011 15:52 IST

German football coach Silvia Neid told a newspaper Tuesday she will consider stepping down following the team's shock quarter-final exit from the women's World Cup.

"Right now I need some time off. In a couple of weeks when I've got myself back into everyday life I'll ask myself -- what do I really want? Can I motivate myself to take part in the European tournament in two years' time? And then I'll find the answer," she told Bild newspaper.

The 47-year-old coach said she was deeply disappointed by her team's defeat on Saturday when Japan scored a goal in extra-time to book a semi-final place against Sweden on Wednesday, wrecking the Germans' bid to win a third-straight World Cup title.

Asked whether she should resign, Neid said "one can ask the question. But it's my employer, the German Football Federation (DFB), and myself who will decide".

DFB boss Theo Zwanziger told her "we have lost a game, but not our skills", she added.

Neid extended her contract till 2016 just before the start of the World Cup.