Last week, there were reports that Galatasaray had United States’ coach Jurgen Klinsmann in their sites. Ultimately the Turkish club appointed Cesare Prandelli, but it turns out that wasn’t the only club interested in wooing Klinsmann away. The coach told Bild that several other teams were interested.
There have been several enquiries from European clubs but I told them straight away that they don’t have to follow up on them. That’s not an issue for me. I am under contract here until 2018, and I am looking forward to the upcoming tasks.
Klinsmann was appointed in July 2011, and although his first games in charge failed to impress USMNT fans, it was always understood that building a side that could compete with the world’s best would take time. Even as he named his squad for the 2014 World Cup, it was evident that the goal wasn’t to win the tournament — it was to impress in Russia in 2018.
But the U.S. did manage to cause a stir in Brazil, starting off with a win over Ghana, nearly coming away with a win over Portugal and giving Germany much more to worry about than most had ever thought possible. A bit more luck against Belgium, and the USMNT could’ve been in to the quarterfinals.
Klinsmann’s work’s not over, though, and he knows it. That’s good for the United States, as their younger players will see some consistency. The next step is for the U.S. to defend their title at the 2015 Gold Cup, likely continuing to impress along the way — and, hopefully, continuing to grow U.S. soccer in the process.
Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.
The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).
Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.
Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.
On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.
The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.
“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”
Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.