So, it’s basically common knowledge that Jurgen Klinsmann’s contract with U.S. soccer runs out after next year’s World Cup… but then what?
With the USA impressing and having soared up the FIFA World rankings during the German’s time in charge, he’s a wanted man.
Reports out of Switzerland this week suggest Klinsi is being lined up to take over from current Swiss national team boss Ottmar Hitzfeld, who will be retiring from his illustrious coaching career after the World Cup, after Switzerland qualified comfortably and are expected to be among the top seeds for next summer’s tournament in Brazil.
Can we believe these rumors?
For me, they’re not that far-fetched. Klinsmann’s three-year tenure with the U.S. national team will ultimately come down to his sides performance at the World Cup next summer. If he succeeds and the USA make it to the quarterfinals or better, then expect a new contract to come his way. But whether or not he accepts it, we will have to wait and see.
However, even though the whole “Switzerland interested in Klinsmann” rumors have been circulating rapidly, let’s not forget that Klinsmann is settled in California, is extremely happy living in the USA and in my opinion unless things go disastrously at the World Cup, he should lead the USMNT for an extremely long time.
These reports, rumors, whispers are testament to the job Klinsmann and his staff have done to turn around the fortunes of the USA and help put them in the best possible position ahead of World Cup 2014. The fact that one of Europe’s best organized countries and a nation that’s currently punching well above it’s weight in international soccer is interested in Klinsmann, is credit to him and the USA. The Swiss FA want to keep their incredible upward spiral continuing, and appreciate the impressive rebuild the former German World Cup winner has performed with the Yanks.
The job Klinsmann has done, despite the doubters to start with, has been lauded across the globe. That’s why the Swiss want him to carry on Hitzfeld’s good work.
After next summer, will it be a case of stick or twist or USA vs. Switzerland for Klinsmann?