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Twin World Cup challenge for Germany

Germany coach Rudi Voeller expects his team to reach the World Cup quarter-finals this year while playing an attractive brand of attacking football.

"I want to combine success with attractiveness," Voeller told soccer daily Kicker on Monday.

"That means combining a successful result with an enjoyable experience for the spectators.

"I must be realistic and see our immediate goal as the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup for the time being."

Voeller, 41, was appointed on a caretaker basis in the wake of Germany's shock first round exit from Euro 2000.

But he was given the job on a permanent basis after coach-elect Christoph Daum was discarded after testing positive for cocaine, and Voeller now has a contract taking him through to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

Voeller, who won the World Cup as a player with Germany in 1990, said he was more annoyed by his country's 0-0 qualifying draw against Finland in October last year than their embarrassing 5-1 home defeat to England a month earlier.

"Against the Finns we were much too fearful and passive, particularly in the first half," he said, adding that he wanted to promote a more attacking style of play.

"What I expect from a national player is quite simple -- that he looks for the one-on-one situation and takes risks."

Voeller said he would be watching Germany's first World Cup group opponents Saudi Arabia when they play Brazil next month and would also travel to the African Nations Cup to watch Cameroon, who Germany also face in Group E.

The World Cup finals begin in South Korea and Japan on May 31.

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