Bayern Munich chief annoyed by Mesut Ozil racism claim

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted that he is annoyed by claims that Mesut Ozil has been criticised in Germany owing to his Turkish roots. The 29-year-old called time on his international career shortly after the World Cup citing racism and discrimination as the prime reasons behind the move.

Since then, there have been plenty of former players, who have opined on the decision and Rummenigge has now given his own response. Speaking to Bild, he said: “That’s a tale told by his representatives, and I’m just annoyed by this. Agents these days make so many more statements, give so many interviews. It’s partially fairytales.”
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PANAMA WOES REMIND FANS ABOUT USA?

The world was reminded how low United States football has sunk following the 6-1 demolition of Panama by England on Sunday. The loss sends the CONCACAF team home after losing two games in the Group G. This comes after the exit of another CONCACAF team Costa Rica from the competition. Well, they have Mexico representing them very well.

Panama were beaten by Belgium 3-0 before England added more to their woes. They would be happy to have scored their first ever goal in the World Cup though. Hopefully, they can get more of that when they face Tunisia in the final group fixture on Thursday.
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Brian Schmetzer Expects Tough Match against Portland Timbers

Seattle Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer claims that he is looking forward to renewing the rivalry with Portland Timbers this weekend.


After an amazing run of form, Seattle have been propelled to the top of the table. The club will be looking to maintain this lofty position after having struggled with form for much of the campaign. It took several weeks for Seattle Sounders to find the winning combination, but now the club have been one of the top teams in the division. Seattle have been able to beat almost anyone in front of them, but Portland Timbers are only one point behind them in the table.

Ahead of the rivalry, Schmetzer was complimentary of Portland Timbers and he claimed that the table deflected the quality of the opposition. He knows that it will be an extremely difficult match for his team, but he hopes that Portland will not be able to claim a win. Forward Will Bruin was unavailable for the home game against Portland back in May. He was suffering from a dislocated elbow. (more…)

YOUNG KLINSMANN IN GOAL FOR HERTHA

The son of former Germany international Jurgen Klinsmann is gradually carving his own niche at German club Hertha Berlin.


The 20-year old studies at Berkeley in California but reports say he has agreed to a pro football deal with Hertha Berlin.

Jonathan Klinsmann featured in every minute at the recent FIFA Under-20 World Cup as the Stars and Stripes team reached the last eight at the age grade event. He was pictured with Pal Dardai’s side for pre-season training with reports claiming the club reached out to the older Klinsmann after his World Cup appearance.

Jonathan is impressed to be in the second team of the club. He has had trials at Premier League sides West Ham and Everton and even at Stuttgart – where he father once played. He deems it a fantastic chance to play in a Bundesliga, getting very close to the action while developing as a keeper.

“It’s a completely different level to the USA. I arrived in Berlin a couple of days early to acclimatise. I trained with Ilja [Hofstadt, Hertha youth keepers coach]. He helped a lot and gave me a lot of tips for training with the senior team,” Jonathan said. (more…)

KLINSMANN – MESSI NEEDS WORLD CUP TO SEAL LEGACY

Former national soccer coach of the men’s United States team Jurgen Klinsmann has said that Argentine superstar Lionel Messi needs to “seal his legacy” by winning the World Cup.


The diminutive Barcelona star has won virtually everything possible in club football but he is yet to win a major trophy for the national side.

Messi led the team to the final of the 2015 and 2016 Copa America tournaments but they ended up runners up on both occasions. They had finished runners up at the 2014 World Cup as well. Their World cup hopes for the World Cup 2018 is shaky and the team does not seem like one that would pose major threat if they eventually make it.

“There’s a chance he’ll get it in Russia next year. A player like Messi needs to seal his legacy by winning the World Cup. I want him to win it because he deserves it,” Klinsmann said. (more…)

SHERINGHAM: TOTTENHAM ALMOST GOT MARADONA

Premier League legend Teddy Sheringham has disclosed that Tottenham Hotspurs almost signed South American football legend Diego Maradona in the 1990s.


Argentinean Ossie Ardiles was the manager of Spurs. He wanted to lure his compatriot to join the team at White Hart Lane but then he decided to make a move on Germany football star Jurgen Klinsmann.

It is unknown if Ardiles regretted his decision as he was fired in 1993 as big transfer signings like the German and others failed to live up to expectations. He was a legend as a player but that was not enough to keep him on.

Sheringham revealed that he got on “really well” with the then coach as he was the skipper at the time. He said the coach asked for his opinion to sign Maradona. He said he encouraged him to as he was ecstatic to play with him. (more…)

USMNT HOST SERBIA IN ARENA’S FIRST MATCH

The United State men’s national team will take on Serbia in Bruce Arena’s first match since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann as manager.


The friendly, which comes on a non-FIFA date, will take place January 29 at 4 p.m. ET at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, and it will be the first of two friendlies that concludes the national team’s annual January training camp. The second friendly has not yet been announced. Given the timing, the U.S. will be made up largely of an MLS-based contingent, with European-based players on club duty not required to be released.

As a result, Serbia won’t have its full complement of players, either, much like Iceland did not during its friendly against the USA at the start of 2016. Serbia is currently in second place in Group D of UEFA World Cup qualifying with a 2-0-2 record. The US and Serbia have never before played, though the US did face off with Yugoslavia – which is recognized by FIFA and UEFA as the predecessor to the Serbian national team – twice, including at the 1998 World Cup. (more…)

Jurgen Klinsmann Praises Appointment of Bob Bradley at Swansea

Jurgen Klinsmann says that it is a fantastic decision by Swansea to appoint former United States national team manager Bob Bradley as their new boss.


The Premier League outfit are owned by Americans and it is not a surprise that they have gone for Bradley. Even though the American has little experience of managing clubs outside the MLS, many have vouched for the 58-year-old who has been in charge of clubs like Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, and the Egyptian national team. Bradley will have to make an impact straight away, as Swansea are 17th in the table and already looking like relegation contenders.

The club sacked manager Francesco Guidolin after repeated attempts to improve the club’s form resulted in a failure. Klinsmann knows a thing or two about the Premier League from his time at Tottenham as a striker. In the past, Klinsmann has also been linked with the vacant managerial jobs but he seems to be content with continuing as the US national team boss for the time being. (more…)

Jurgen Klinsmann Hopes for Swift Clint Dempsey Return

US national team feared the worst when one of the star assets – Clint Dempsey – was diagnosed with irregular heartbeat.


It has forced him to miss the national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers. However, the latest news is that he will not be on the sidelines for a long and manager Jurgen Klinsmann is pleased to hear the news. Even at 33 years of age, Dempsey is one of the important players for the national team. As someone who has represented the likes of Fulham and Tottenham in the English Premier league, he is extremely experienced at handling big games.

The attacking midfielder has made 130 appearances for the national team and scored 52 goals in the process. He will be undergoing medical evaluations over the course of the next few weeks. The first concern began when Dempsey missed the game for Seattle Sounders against Portland Timbers. The match finished as yet another defeat for Seattle Sounders, who have been very poor this season. The US will be involved in two important games against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. Even though these are World Cup 2018 qualifiers, the US are confident that they can perform and get victories even without their star man in the team.
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Jurgen Being Considered For England Coaching

There is much speculation about who will be the new coach for England.


There are many candidates being considered for the position, including former captain of England, David Beckham, whom many people consider to be a natural leader which is what the England’s team needs right now. After the team was not able to complete the group rounds in the Premier League, there is renewed focus on finding the right coach for the team.

Jurgen Klinsmann is the US coach who is one of the candidates being considered for the position. FA’s technical director, Dan Ashworth talks about Klinsmann, who is in his sight as he considers possible candidates for the position like Arsene Wenger, Eddie Howe, Sam Allardyce and others. England has been without a coach after Roy Hodgson has resigned from the position after the team lost out to Iceland. This was in the round of 16 following which the England team departed from the tournament. (more…)