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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
There are rumors that the current United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann might be managing Everton next season.
With Klinsmann becoming under increasing pressure in the States and with fans getting frustrated with Martinez, then a move for the German manager might be possible.
Klinsmann has come under pressure during recent times with the United States finishing fourth in the Gold Cup. They only managed to beat lowly Haiti and Honduras and experienced humiliating defeat at the hands of Jamaica and Panama. Fans were not too pleased with the way their team was playing and have called for the German manager to be replaced especially with the Copa America coming.
Roberto Martinez has also had his share of critics this season with fans regularly protesting against him. Everton, who have always finished in the top half of the table under David Moyes, are now a mid-table team without any hope of making it to Europe. Their only chances of success this season were in the FA Cup, but Manchester United beat them. There are even reports that the players themselves have lost faith in Martinez and will want him to be replaced next season. (more…)
Current head coach of United States Men National Team [USMNT] Jurgen Klinsmann said his American squad responded perfectly to disappointment the team has been facing of recent. The US men’s team edged closer to the top in Group C of the CONCACAF qualification campaign. Goals from Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore gave the US a 4-0 win over Guatemala.
Jurgen told reporters: “[It was a] perfect way to respond to the disappointment from a couple of days ago,” he told reporters. “It’s been a long couple of days analyzing that [defeat to Guatemala] and correcting it, but I must give many compliments to each one of them for a very clear message. We are on top of the game and in the driving seat again.”
The US had come under intense criticism following a 2-0 loss to Guatemala. With the win in Columbus, Ohio, the US team moved up to the second spot in the group. (more…)
The U.S. national football team managed to reach the Round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup and this was a huge accomplishment for the American team and nation in it’s entirety as the squad was able to defy all odds and not only survive the group stages but also get past it ahead of: Portugal and Ghana.
The American team was pitted in Group G, this group was considered to be one of the toughest of the tournament. Germany were favorites on finishing at the top and indeed they did snatch the top spot meanwhile everyone else had to fight for the 2nd qualification spot and surprisingly enough it was the U.S. national side that snatched the 2nd spot.
Just by surviving those group stages was a noteworthy accomplishment for JurgenKlinsmann and his players. The U.S. national team went on to the Round of 16 where they played against Belgium and lost 2-1.
JurgenKlinsmann said that he has learned from the mistake he and his team did which caused them to lose their match against Belgium and according to the German manager, he wants to turn the team into system, a system where all the players are aiming for the same thing where the same style is played.
Former star of the U.S. national side, Landon Donovan said: “Teams perform best when everybody plays the same style and understands the system that needs to be played. If you can teach kids that at a young age, I think it’s very helpful.” (more…)