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Horn may go back to motivate the Lahms

Mike Horn

Calcutta: Mike Horn, explorer extraordinaire and a top-notch motivator, has left Brazil after spending around a week with Germany’s World Cup squad.

Horn departed on Monday afternoon, after Germany’s stunning start to their 2014 campaign, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal blitzed 4-0.

However, Horn could be back with Joachim Loew and the Philipp Lahms at some point in the knock-out stage.

“I have a busy schedule, but may return to Brazil for a couple of days in the knock-out stage... It all depends on the players’ needs and my availability,” Horn, who is Lausanne-based, told The Telegraph on Tuesday evening.

The in-demand Horn was then in transit, on the way home.

Horn’s involvement with Germany began after a communication from manager Oliver Bierhoff. That was last month and it caught him by surprise.

Going forward, among other things, Horn has to start readying his “boat,” which will ferry him from “Brazil to Europe,” across the Atlantic, later this year.

Clearly, Horn (who turns 48 next month) is the restless type.

In fact, immediately before setting off for Brazil, Horn spent time with the Kolkata Knight Riders, helping the franchise win their second IPL title, just over a fortnight ago.

Back in 2011, Horn had done his bit with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co., as India regained the World Cup after almost three decades.

A year later, Horn was with his native South Africa, in England, as they took back the No.1 ranking in Test cricket.

Besides, Horn has worked with South Africa’s rugby squad and, on an individual level, with the likes of Ernie Els.

In general terms, the importance of bonding (in a team sport) and constantly pushing the envelope are features of what Horn spells out.

There are many takers.