A famous soccer coach from Europe has come to America for leading a major transition. He is famous for his playing career, but he is more famous for his managerial stint at the entrenched power. At the time when the team struggled, he said, insisting on this is all the parts of the process, and outside expectations are overstated.
Who is in Your Mind?
If you are a fan of Atlanta United frustrated by the poor beginning of this defending champions, Frank De Boer might be in your mind. However, the fan from America would also relate the whole description with another polarizing figure that fits this profile perfectly and this is Jurgen Klinsmann, former boss of the U.S. men’s national team.
The consequences of United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will tell foe years, due to the loss of revenue for the U.S. Soccer authorities and missed opportunity for the players. The exact financial impact is unascertained, but is believed to be in the tune of millions of dollars.
Tax filings were released on Monday. However, the United States Soccer Federation can close the book on the amount of settlements involving the failed coaching staffs. According to tax-exempt status form for 2018, Jurgen Klinsman was paid $3.354 million for the last year of his contract by the federation.
“Jurgen Klinsmann would get the telephone if Stuttgart somehow happened to call him”, his agent Roland Eitel told SWR. This is the midst of reports to a Bundesliga return for the German football manager. He was also the head coach of the national team of United States. Having begun the campaign with high expectations, Stuttgart sacked their mentor TayfunKorkut in October following a moderate begin in the campaign. Sadly, rather than pivoting the club’s destiny, new manager Markus Weinzierl began his rule with three embarrassing defeats by giving away 11 goals and not scoring any goal in return.
Stuttgart are joint toward the last in the Bundesliga standings and reputes executive Michael Reschke has experienced harsh criticism, prompting reports that Jurgen may come back to the place where he grew up. This is also the same place where his hometown club is and the only place where he has not played badly. “Jurgen Klinsmann would surely dependably get the telephone if VFB Stuttgart were to call,” Eitel said. Nonetheless, Eitel included that Klinsmann would just consider coaching only at an international platform. Lately, Klinsmann said in a few meetings in German media that he close to wanted to come back to football, yet he won’t be sure in assuming control over a team which isn’t equipped for achieving the World Cup or even reach the semi-finals.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s representative, Roland Eitel, has although stressed that his client is looking for coaching jobs only with the national sides and not the clubs, but at the same time he said that Klinsmann wouldn’t mind having a discussion about a possible management role if Vfb Stuttgart approaches him.
Stuttgart was the club where Klinsmann enjoyed his most successful stint as a striker. He joined them in 1984 and during a 5-year spell; he went on to play 156 league games and netted 79 times. So he has that emotional connect with the club and Eitel didn’t rule out the possibility of the 54-year old, who doesn’t have any job for past some time after he was removed from the American set-up, returning to the club in the capacity of a manager.
The famous Jurgen Klinsmann is a German football manager and a former player and was the recent head coach for the United States national team. As a player, Klinsmann did compete for Germany team in the year 1994 with 5 goals and 3 goals in 1998 World Cups. In addition, he was known to be the first players scoring minimum 3 goals in 3 consecutive world cups. He is one of the 6th highest goal scorers as far as World cups are concerned
Jurgen Klinsmann recently shared his opinions by saying he would come back to international management to manage a country which would be capable enough to reach the World Cup semi-finals. He was under contract as United States coach previously through the World Cup 2018. After watching the World Cup which took place in Russia and seeing how United States missed the trophy, Klinsmann said that he would not think of rushing to international management.
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.”
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.
Poland made a stunning start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after thrashing Gibraltar 7-0 with Robert Lewandowski being the pick of the bunch. The opposition were playing at home, but Poland came into the match as favourites due to the overwhelming strength of this professional team. In contrast, Gibraltar were able to call upon only two players who have been playing as professionals. They included Preston North End’s Scott Wiseman and Israeli side Bnei Yehuda’s Liam Walker. The gulf in quality showed throughout the encounter, as Poland comfortably brushed aside the opponents.
However, Poland coach Adam Nawalka will be aware that far greater opposition await them in this qualifying campaign. They start with a tough match against Germany at home, while they are up against Scotland three days later in October. These two home games will go a long way into determining the outcome of this qualifying campaign. Getting anything more than four points will be seen as a huge success for the Polish team, who have not been a major fixture at international tournaments of late. The presence of Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski will be a major boost for Poland and he did not disappoint in the opening qualification match after scoring four goals.
All of his goals came in the second half, while Grosicki helped himself to a brace in the match. Szukala scored the other goal in this comprehensive victory. After a string of impressive performances with Arsenal at the start of the season, Wojciech Szczesny was in goal for the Polish and this saw Artur Boruc dropping to the bench. The victory against Gibraltar was far more important considering that one of their main rivals for the qualifying positions, Scotland, lost in the opening match. Three teams have taken a win from the opening round of fixtures. They include Germany and Republic of Ireland aside from Poland.
The USA team reached the round of 16 which was far more than what was expected. The American side was pitted in a difficult group where they had to play against: Ghana, Portugal and Germany. Getting past the group stages of the 2014 World Cup was a tough task to accomplish but the team of Jurgen Klinsmann managed to do it as they secured the 2nd place of group G with 4 points which was the same amount of points that Portugal had but USA had better goal difference.
When the 2014 edition of the World Cup was over, Jurgen Klinsmann received a mix of negative and positive feedback towards the decisions he made during the already concluded World Cup.
Landon Donovan was surprisingly left out of the squad and the veteran attacker did not hesitate in letting his voice be heard as he went on saying that Klinsmann got the tactics all wrong.
Donovan spoke to the media a day after USA was eliminated from the World Cup as he praised the work that his colleagues made throughout the entire tournament but criticized the formations and playing style that Jurgen Klinsmann opted to go with.
“I think we’re all disappointed in what happened yesterday. I think the most disappointing is we didn’t seem like we gave it a real effort, from a tactical standpoint. I thought the guys did everything they could, they did everything that was asked of them, but I don’t think we were set up to succeed yesterday, and that was tough to watch.”
“It’s a results-oriented business, and so, results-wise, you can hold your head high. But, if you really look at the performances, there were some good performances by guys, some not-so-good performances by guys. As a whole, I think tactically, the team was not set up to succeed.
Despite receiving negative feedback from Landon Donovan, the American squad managed to get past the group rounds of the World Cup which was something that not many people were expecting and recognized figures such as Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola praised the work of Jurgen Klinsmann as they stated that the German coach has ‘’ revolutionized football in the United States’’.
This will be the first World Cup that Jurgen Klinsmann goes into in charge of the U.S National team and the former Bayern Munich coach is expecting that he can push the American side on new levels of success.
The furthest that the Americans have reached in a World Cup was back in 1930 when they managed to get into the semifinals but from there on out it has been a struggling campaign for them with the Group Stages turning into a hard task for them to escape from.
Klinsmann has been the head coach of the U.S National team since 2011 and even though the German coach has had successful times in charge of the squad, he received a lot of criticism after suffering 4 defeats and only 1 victory in his first 6 games as the coach of the team.
As time progressed, Klinsmann started snatching better results as he claimed a historical victory during a friendly match against Italy and a few months later another triumph but this time against Mexico in the Estadio Azteca. Klinsmann continued his positive streak and eventually agreed on signing a new contract with the United States Soccer Federation which is going to see him remaining as the coach of the team until 2018.
On an interview, Klinsmann explained the differences that exist in coaching in Germany and the U.S.
“In Germany it is a bit simpler because there is only one expectation … We say we want to win this thing, for us in the U.S., it is a growing process. We can surprise people in Brazil, but obviously our expectation is to get out of the group no matter who we draw. After that, we need to make the players understand it is all about mind games. Every game becomes 50-50 and will be won by the team who is better prepared and believes in themselves more.”
Klinsmann is not expected to turn the American side into World Champions but at least to help them get into the next stages of the upcoming World Cup.