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…)

JurgenKlinsmann wants to turn the U.S. national side into a single breathing organism

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…)

Jurgen Klopp says that he is still confident that the club can end the season on a high

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp says that he is still confident that the club can end the season on a high if they win the next two home matches. A 3-1 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach meant that the team still sit outside the top 10 of the table.

The prospect of finishing in the Europa League spots appears to be disappearing fast, butKlopp says that this season will still be considered as a positive one if they managed to win the next two matches at home. These will be against Frankfurt and Paderborn. Dortmund are six points away from the sixth spot which will be enough to secure European football for next campaign.

Dortmund would have been hoping to compensate for this poor run of form in the league by reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League. However, defeats in both legs against Juventus meant that they were knocked out of the competition following a 5-1 aggregate loss. The focus for the rest of the campaign will be on the league, while there is also the small matter of a DFB Pokal cup match against Bayern Munich. Klopphas admitted that without a win from the next two home matches, the probability of being in Europe next season will be virtually gone. (more…)

Michael Bradley position in US National Team Debated

Michael Bradley’s position in the US national team has been subjected to much debate. While the American International is used to playing in the centre of midfield, national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has not been afraid to experiment with the 27-year-old.

Since he is at the peak of his career, it is often maintained that Klinsmann would be fine with just using Bradley in his best possible position. The Toronto FC star is not someone who comes with a great reputation of scoring goals. After all, he has managed only 13 goals in 93 matches for the national team.

Klinsmann used the midfielder as an attacking force at the World Cup. It has been speculated that the former Bayern Munich manager may even consider pushing the 27-year-old even further up the pitch. A lot will be revealed about Klinsmann’s ideas when the US take on Denmark in a friendly match towards the end of March. The US also have another friendly lined up against Switzerland. Both these matches could be used to improve the team even further. (more…)

FIFA World Cup 2006 Flashback

Post by Giorgio Pirelli

As we search ahead to the next soccer Earth Cup at South Africa in 2010, it really is a great time to appear back on the very last Globe Cup held in Germany in 2006. It was a memorable Earth Cup that noticed Italy win its fourth title following beating France in the ultimate on significantly dreaded penalties! Here’s a rewind to some fantastic soccer moments in latest heritage…

From the 9th of June to the 9th of July, 2006, a festival of football was celebrated in Germany with the hosts opening its borders and hearts to the earth like in no way ahead of. Around 3,359,439 spectators watched the Earth Cup matches across 12 stadiums and an audience of thirty billion individuals caught the 32 teams in action on television. Teams from Angola to the United States were all set to live up to globally expectations and offer excitement to soccer enthusiasts after a four year extended drought…

The Azzuri’s triumph at the finals was marked by remarkable team energy with ten players scoring, a powerful defense by captain Cannavaro and goalkeeper Buffon, a midfield medley of Pirlo and Gattuso, and a lethal assault by Zambrotta and Grosso. Grosso’s goal swung the semi-ultimate in opposition to Germany in Italy’s favor and he even sealed the Globe Cup on penalties, laying to rest past demons when the Azzuris failed thrice on the world stage.

The 2006 Planet Cup also noticed the youthful German staff beneath Jurgen Klinsmann win 3rd spot with some exhilarating, large tempo soccer! They ended up as the top scoring staff with 14 ambitions – 5 of which were netted by the Adidas Golden Shoe winner, Miroslav Klose, and 3 by Lukas Podolski, the Gillette Best Young Player.

But who can forget the surprising memory of France’s Zinedine Zidane earning a red card right after losing his awesome and head butting Marco Materazzi, who provoked the otherwise awesome player with some instead private and uncalled for taunts! The earth watched helplessly as it saw this veteran taint the finish of his or else impeccable job. Soccer fans couldn’t think their eyes, and their hearts went out to Zidane who did justice to the amount ten soccer shirt that he proudly wore for many years. Thankfully, Zidane’s efforts have been not totally in vain as he earned himself the Adidas Golden Ball. Other gamers who created their mark have been Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s Esteban Cambiasso, Italy’s Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi, and Brazil’s Ronaldo, who became the greatest Planet Cup goal scorer with his 15th aim, surpassing German Gerd Muller’s 14 target document. The African teams of Côte d’Ivoire, Angola and Ghana also made their presence felt.

Not only did Italy lift the 2006 World Cup, they also have the honor of wearing a specific badge on their Globe Cup soccer jerseys for the very first time in FIFA’s heritage. The Italian players get to proudly display this white badge with the Globe Cup Trophy embroidered in gold on their chests, above their soccer shirt numbers. This is a fitting tribute to the champions of the world till the next champion arrives along in 2010…

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