Rehhagel to add political cameo to German comeback


BERLIN (AP) -- Coach Otto Rehhagel is set for a cameo appearance in German politics as he makes his Bundesliga comeback after more than a decade away.

The Berlin branch of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats on Thursday nominated the 73-year-old Rehhagel as a delegate at the special March 18 parliamentary assembly that will choose Germany's next president.

The assembly is made up lower-house lawmakers and delegates representing Germany's 16 state legislatures. It's common for states to nominate celebrities such as Rehhagel, who led Greece to the European Championship title in 2004.

Rehhagel was hired last weekend by Hertha Berlin to save the struggling club from relegation.

Germany's new president will replace Christian Wulff, who quit last week in a corruption scandal.