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…)
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…)
US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has surprised many by calling up several youngsters in the upcoming rooster. The former Germany manager has explained his decision by saying that he wants to start developing young players for the national team.
The United States did well at the World Cup 2014 by almost reaching the quarter-final stage. However, one criticism of the national team has been the lack of youngsters as they have been too reliant on the likes of Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey. These players are at the twilight of their careers and are unlikely to be at the next World Cup.
Klinsmann recently announced the squad for the two friendly matches in January. The 28 man squad included several youngsters and Klinsmann says that this is seen as an ideal preparation for the Olympic. The US will be playing in friendlies against Chile and Panama. (more…)
Jurgen Klinsmann the head coach of the U.S national team and an ex-Tottenham striker strongly believes that Robbie Keane is extremely professional and this quality of his makes him an ideal role model in the modern game for all footballers.
He has also been consistently jetting across the Atlantic to turn out for Ireland. Despite of his age and legs that have been ageing he has scored 53 times in 84 regular season games since he has arrived in the USA from Tottenham in august of 2011. Jurgen is totally astonished and awe struck by how his fellow mate has continued to stay at the top level and maintain his position.
He has established himself the League MVP front runner in 2014 where he scored a total of 19 goals and 14 assists in 29 games. Jurgen believes that all the young players both from the U.S as well as others should be following him and his lead. He has also praised him to the US Soccer whom he told that Keane was a gem and an outstanding athlete who is fit to be the role model for all the players that are there.
Jurgen says Keane is a player who always gives his hundred percent. He is the kind who even when goes to the field for training will consider the training to be the real match and gives everything that he has. He is a person who is totally dedicated and very professional. He helps and teaches the younger players to become that professional. He is a player who at the same time also plays for the national team. He keeps flying back and forth for a game. He is a special player who can play a match tonight and be back with galaxy tomorrow and play another game there.