U.S. Soccer names ex-German skipper Jürgen Klinsmann as national team coach
Former German national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann has been tapped to head the U.S. national squad.
July 29th, 2011
01:27 PM ET

U.S. Soccer names ex-German skipper Jürgen Klinsmann as national team coach

The U.S. men's national soccer team, a day after firing its coach of almost five years, has named former German skipper Jürgen Klinsmann to take the helm ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, in announcing the team’s 35th manager, said he was excited to see Klinsmann taking over.

“He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program,” Gulati said in a statement. “Jürgen has had success in many different areas of the game and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field.”

Gulati announced Thursday that Bob Bradley, who had coached the team since January 2007, had been relieved of his duties.

The U.S. Soccer Federation will hold a news conference Monday to formally introduce the 46-year-old Klinsmann as its coach. His first match will be a highly anticipated August 10 bout with Mexico, which thrashed the U.S. 4-2 in this year’s Gold Cup final.

“I’m excited about the challenge ahead. I am looking forward to bringing the team together for our upcoming match against Mexico and starting on the road toward qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” Klinsmann said.

Klinsmann’s record as a coach is a mixed bag. Though he silenced many of his critics by leading Germany to a third-place trophy in the 2006 World Cup, he stepped down to be with his wife, Debbie, and their two children, who live in California.

“I have a big wish to return to my family and get back to normality,” he said during a news conference announcing his resignation.

In 2008, the Goppingen native took over Bayern Munich, one of Germany’s most prestigious club teams, but he was replaced after a year, despite a 25-9-9 record and making the quarterfinals of Europe’s Champions League. It was widely reported that he did not see eye-to-eye with Munich’s board of directors.

It’s worth noting that Klinsmann coached American star Landon Donovan during a loan to Munich. Klinsmann told Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl last year that he believes Donovan “can play at the highest level” and thinks the 29-year-old midfielder could have excelled in Germany’s Bundesliga had he been given more time.

Klinsmann’s resume as a player is far more impressive than his coaching CV. As a striker, “the Golden Bomber” had a knack for finding the back of the net and amassed 232 goals in 516 games during his 17-year club career. During that time, he played for some of the world’s best teams, including Italy’s Inter Milan, England’s Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich.

He also played for the West German national team that won the 1990 World Cup and the German squad that brought home 1996’s European Championship. He scored 47 goals in 108 games for his national team.

Klinsmann has been considered for the U.S. post in the past, but negotiations crumbled twice over the amount of control Klinsmann would wield in coaching the top American squad.

Last year, Klinsmann told Wahl that he passed on the job after the 2006 World Cup but “left it totally positive.” In a separate interview with SI’s soccer guru, Klinsmann said he turned down the job following the 2010 World Cup because the U.S. Soccer Federation wouldn’t give him full control of the team in writing. He declined to explain exactly what the federation refused to include.

“That goes too much into specifics,” Klinsmann told Wahl. “I don't want to go that far. We couldn't get the deal done because of a couple of issues, and the main issue was we couldn't get it into a written format. And that's it.”

Read Wahl's take on Friday's news

Klinsmann will immediately replace Bradley, who was signed to a second four-year contract in August. He had a 45-25-12 record but faced criticism for decisions that observers said led to losses in pivotal games. Included are a 2-1 loss to Ghana in the second round of the 2010 World Cup, and blown 2-0 leads in the 2009 Confederations Cup final against Brazil and the Gold Cup final against Mexico in June.

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  1. Bob

    Obama is the worst thing that has happened to america since 9/11

    July 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Starman

      Bob is a total moron. Certifiably stupid in all endeavors. Be grateful Bob, if it wasn’t for stupid there would be no metric for your intelligence.

      July 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Way to keep on topic and Bush was the worst thing to happen in the history of this country

      July 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anima Oblita

      I KNOW!!!! I blame Obama for the USA not winning the Copa de Oro and World Cup!!! i also blame him for my girlfriend breaking up w/ me as well as my balding and impotence etc.....

      July 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blob

      Bob, I hear your mom was drugged when she accepted your embryo.

      July 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynn McCaghren

      Your memory is as short time as your intelligence. Who was on post on 9/11, and what action was initiated by this President? Who took a big surplus, gutted it and then left all the debt for the President to come after him, which happened to be Obama? Can you answer these questions Bob?

      July 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    Obama has shown what a fraud he realy is

    July 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sam

      what is this got 2 do with obama? this is just show how faat head retard high school drop out u are

      July 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      bob join the fox news that where all the faat head buffoon with vacational training works

      July 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Capitan Justicia

    It's about time!! He's a great pick for US coach.

    July 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. kay

    Big name coaches don't win games. Players do. Coach give instructions and senior players on teh team should take tactical decisions in crunch time. Example. Blowing 2-0 lead in confederation cup againt Brazil – happened midfiled was weak, and strikers wanted more goals. No you pull back and tighten midfiled. Loss against Ghana – Ghanaian striker split two defendersand scored. Poor decisions by two defenders to all go after the ball.

    July 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Arjarn

      1,000,000,000 % agreed with you Kay!

      July 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Darren

    This is a GREAT day in USA Soccer! FINALLY!!!

    July 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Where's Samatha ? He he

      July 30, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      I always thought he'd be much better suited to train the US team instead of the German team (where he didn't have that much of a free hand).

      August 6, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. kikoman

    Bob is the worst thing that came out from he's own mom ass

    July 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Tom

    Finally, America's 10th most popular sport can have a national coach who's not an American, someone all the soccerphile anti-American left-wing nut jobs can actually admire.

    July 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rick

      funny and true

      July 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jasper

    No use, you can put God as coach and it won't do any good. Players suc. You have to hire mexican, italian, argentinian players, no US. They stink. Tell them to play ping pong.

    July 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. virginia

    Do you think if I asked the Pres for a loan he would give it to me?

    July 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, BuzzSave.com <~~~~The U.S. men's national soccer team, a day after firing its coach of almost five years, has named former German skipper Jürgen Klinsmann to take the helm ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

    U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, in announcing the team’s 35th manager, said he was excited to see Klinsmann taking over.

    July 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. kayode kaypumpy

    To me klinsman is a good coach but the american men soccer administrators should just give him free hand to work, its only blocked head that will say president Obama is the worst thing that as happened to us someone that apprehends os ama binladin that bush could not do in his days.

    July 30, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. baloney

    Japan

    July 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Andreas Moser

    That is a very good match!

    August 6, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    August 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Kenisha

    That's a smart answer to a dficfuilt question.

    January 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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