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Klinsmann’s latest insults prove he will never respect USMNT fans

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While U.S. Soccer ponders head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s fate, one would imagine the man would have a little humility while his current employment hangs in the balance.

Instead, he doubled down on an exhausting narrative that provides reason enough to make a change.

Klinsmann has never respected U.S. fans. No, he has repeatedly dismissed the opinions of the fans and media as inexperienced, foolish, and naive. He’s continually reiterated that “we have a ways to go” and repeatedly speaks about “educating the country” as a required part of the growth of the national team.

[ UPDATE: Klinsmann fired as USMNT head coach, Technical Director ]

So after two embarrassing losses to begin CONCACAF’s final round of 2018 World Cup qualification, his job under heavier scrutiny than ever before, he continued to beat the same dead horse he has for years.

“The fact is, we lost two games,” Klinsmann told Sam Borden of the New York Times Sunday evening. “There is a lot of talk from people who don’t understand soccer or the team.”

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These “people” Klinsmann is referring to include a host of intelligent, well respected journalists across the country who have publicly called for change following the 4-0 drubbing to Costa Rica. Those “people” also include a wide berth of fans from various backgrounds, many of whom have followed the national team pridefully and astutely long before Klinsmann took charge.

It’s true that soccer in the United States has seen a recent popularity boom, with plenty of new fans who are beginning to seek out the sport and learning its intricacies. What’s not true is that those who have been here all along – and even those recently aboard – are somehow doing it wrong. As with any sport, there are a wide spectrum of mindsets across the US fan demographic. Klinsmann continues to blanketly dismiss the opinions of this country’s masses as stupid and irrelevant, when in fact they are the most important of all.

“I’m not afraid,” Klinsmann told the New York Times. “What you need to do is stick to the facts. Soccer is emotional and a lot of people make conclusions without knowing anything about the inside of the team or the sport.”

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If the 52-year-old German wishes to degrade those with dissenting opinions by dismissing them as “emotional” and rash, we shall indeed “stick to the facts.” The facts are, Klinsmann managed the United States to its worse start to a Hex ever. The facts are, Klinsmann managed his team to its first home defeat in World Cup qualification in 11 years at the country’s most fortified soccer stronghold. The facts are, Klinsmann’s United States embarrassed itself in last year’s Gold Cup, owning the worst finish for the country ever in the competition. The facts are, the U-23 team has missed the last two Olympics under his watch. The facts are, the United States coughed up qualification for the only Confederations Cup of his tenure. If Klinsmann wishes the fans “stick to the facts,” well, the facts are actually quite damning. The undeniable fact is, based solely on paper, the United States has regressed during his time in charge, and both fans and media are fully capable of recognizing that stark reality.

It’s time the United States gets rid of the man who will never respect U.S. fans, and time they hired one who understands them, and will garner motivation for his professional success not from personal gain or for written legacies, but from those whom the entire process boils down to. Club pride can be earned through performances on the field, but managing a national team requires a specific identification with those who feel drawn to the flag and the crest of their home nation. Klinsmann not only cannot identify with the United States fans, but he can’t even bring himself to respect them.

So while there are plenty of on-field reasons to question his abilities – which we apparently aren’t qualified to discuss based solely on our national allegiances – add one more tick mark to his rapidly growing list of transgressions. A man who does not appreciate the fans whom he has been charged to lead is in fact no leader at all.

Jurgen Klopp wins FIFA’s The Best men’s manager

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Jurgen Klopp has been named the top manager in the world for the past season at FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony on Monday in Milan, Italy.

The UEFA Champions League-winning manager beat out Premier League winner Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and UCL finalist Mauricio Pochettino of Spurs.

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Klopp, of course, was magnanimous in victory.

 “It is great, nobody expected this 20, 10, five, four years ago that I would be standing here,” Klopp said. “We know what an incredible job Mauricio Pochettino did and what Pep did.”

He thanked the owners and players of his club.

“To the owners thank you, they gave me an incredible team. I have to thank my team – as a coach you can only be as good as your team is. I’m really proud of being manager of such an incredible bunch of players. This is an individual prize, I don’t 100% understand individual prizes, I’m here for a lot of people.”

Good for Klopp.

Watch Live: FIFA’s The Best awards 2019

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FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony takes place in Milan, Italy on Tuesday as the top players and managers on the planet will be crowned.

The ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m. ET and you can watch it live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes (click on the link below).

WATCH LIVE ONLINE HERE

Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees to be crowned the best male player on the planet.

USWNT duo Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are up for the top female award, as is England’s Lucy Bronze.

Outgoing USWNT head coach Jill Ellis is the favorite to land the award for the best coach in the women’s game, while Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are all among the candidates to be named the best managers in the men’s game.

Click on the link above to watch the glitzy ceremony from Milan as plenty of other awards, like the Puskas Award for the best goal scored in the world, will be dished out.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Matchweek 6 produced some stunning displays across the Premier League, with big wins, comebacks and late drama across plenty of games.

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Players from Liverpool, Man City and Leicester City dominate our rankings, while the likes of West Ham and Bournemouth are also well represented. There are also plenty of new entries among our top 20.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – New entry
2. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Even
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – Up 13
4. James Maddison (Leicester) – Up 16
5. Joel Matip (Liverpool) – New entry
6. Bernardo Silva (Man City) – New entry
7. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – New entry
8. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) – New entry
9. Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester) – New entry
10. Fernandinho (Man City) – New entry
11. Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) – New entry
12. Mark Noble (West Ham) – New entry
13. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Even
14. Mason Mount (Chelsea) – Down 10
15. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – Even
16. Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth) – Up 3
17. Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham) – New entry
18. Chris Wood (Burnley) – New entry
19. Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) – New entry
20. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – New entry

Holding set to return from injury for Arsenal

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Rob Holding is set to return for Arsenal at Nottingham Forest this week.

The Gunners travel to Forest in the League Cup on Tuesday, with Holding back in the squad after nine months out through injury.

Arsenal simply said Holding is “back in contention” for the third round League Cup tie and alongside the likes of Kieran Tierney,  Dinos Mavropano and Hector Bellerin playing for the U23 side last Friday, all of a sudden there is good news in terms of defensive injuries for Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette is still out after injuring his left ankle, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended after his red card against Aston Villa on Sunday. Lacazette is expected to return in October, as Arsenal’s injury woes are clearing up.

Holding, 24, was in sensational form last season before he cruelly suffered a serious knee injury in a Premier League game against Manchester United in December.

This will be a huge boost for Unai Emery, as his defense continues to make basic errors and they’ve now given up 10 goals in their first six games of the new PL season.

Sokratis and David Luiz have looked shaky as a partnership and if Holding can regain his form quickly, he will be a guaranteed starter in this Arsenal side.

Before injury cut short his 2018-19 campaign, Holding was being touted as an England international.

The dominant center back will want to make up for lost time and his presence at the heart of Arsenal’s defense saw them go on a 22-game unbeaten run in the opening months of last season.

Following their battling 3-2 win with 10 men for over half of their clash against Aston Villa on Sunday, Arsenal sit in fourth place on 11 points. Considering all of their issues so far, that’s not a bad start.

They have conceded at least twice in each of their last four PL games, and Holding’s return should help them improve their woeful defensive record.

His injury had a negative impact last season, and his return should have a hugely positive impact this season.