USA v Germany: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

US boss Jurgen Klinsmann hails Germany’s astonishing World Cup victory


After witnessing his nation make the World Cup final in amazing fashion, the USA’s German head coach Jurgen Klinsmann took to Twitter to profess how proud he is.

If you were German right now, you would be too.

Germany brushed aside Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinal on Tuesday, as Das Mannschaft broke Brazilian hearts and dumped the host nation out of the 2014 World Cup tournament.

Klinsmann was playing for Germany the last time they won the World Cup in 1990 and now he must fancy his homeland to go all the way this summer and lift the famous trophy for the fourth-time in their history.

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In his time in charge of the German national team Klinsmann reached the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup but came up short after his side lost 2-0 to eventual winners Italy in extra time.  As a player he played in the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cup, with his pride for his homeland evident for everyone to see.

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Klinsmann’s former assistant coach Joachim Low is the man who has taken their work from 2004-06 to the next level, as Low and Klinsmann radically altered the approach of the German national team and the type of players the country were producing. it has worked. Big time.

As we sit back and think about Klinsmann’s comments in the Tweet below, we must remember two things. One: the U.S. national team has man at the helm who pieced this German juggernaut together. Two: the USA are very lucky that he is trying to do the same thing with their national team setup.

In Klinsmann’s own words, here’s how he summed up Germany’s breathtaking display. Congrats, Jurgen!

In “pretty good listener” Klopp, Liverpool has breath of fresh air

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In some ways, all managers are the same: intelligent football men messing around with the puzzle that is winning matches.

But to listen to Jurgen Klopp’s introductory press conference is to get a different view. While some managers sound like they create the puzzles, or even create the game itself, Klopp speaks of the challenge with reverence.

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In other words, it seems unlikely we will be hearing him utter phrases designed at painting himself as a Picasso of the pitch, rather that of a museum curator.

For example, here’s the new Liverpool boss on the club’s history.

From JPW on Merseyside:

“Twenty-five years ago [since the last league title] is a long time,” Klopp said. “History is only the base for us, [we shouldn’t] keep the history in our backpack all day. I want to see the first step next week and not always compare with other times. This is a great club with big potential. Everything is there. Let’s try to start a new way. Everything is different – I don’t know it all but I’m a pretty good listener.”

The “normal one” speaks like an honor student, not the know-it-all professor demanding students regurgitate facts from the book he wrote and tossed on the syllabus.

And perhaps this is the manner in which the Reds will add a new, positive chapter to their storied history.

Kreis, Schmid dismiss Messing’s job switch comments

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Broadcaster and New York soccer hero Shep Messing caused quite a stir with his comments during the Red Bulls/Impact match on Wednesday, and those words have cause plenty of reaction in MLS.

If you missed it, Messing claims that New York City FC is ready to move on from Jason Kreis after just one season, and that Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is set to swap jobs with the NYC boss.

Messing also claims that Caleb Porter could end his disappointing run in Portland to head back to college soccer.

Kreis and Schmid disagree. The latter says he loves the Sounders and is committed to bringing an MLS Cup to Seattle. Kreis was just flabbergasted.


“I was watching the game last night, and it caught me completely by surprise. I thought that was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded,” Kreis said after training Thursday. “I have no knowledge of that information at all, and I kind of scratch my head because at the end of the day I’m very happy here.”

So is there any truth here? The Porter part makes sense, especially if the Timbers fail to make the postseason again and the brash coach wishes to go back to a place where he’s had success.

As for Schmid and Kreis, that’s a curious one. Maybe NYC’s star studded roster would like a change, and Schmid has more success with big egos. And Kreis would thrive just about anywhere, but why would NYC ditch a man who built this from scratch? They’ve invested so much in the ex-RSL legend.