Jurgen Klinsmann Hires Berti Vogts as USMNT World Cup Special Advisor


The U.S. Men’s National Team is getting more of an European flavor after it was announced earlier today that head coach Jüngen Klinsmann has appointed Berti Vogts to be a Special Advisor to the USMNT from now through the World Cup this summer.

Any fan of the Germany National Team knows Vogts and his pedigree. As a player, he won the 1974 World Cup with Germany, and later coached his nation to the 1996 European Championship, the last trophy the Germans have won.

As a player, Vogts had 96 caps for Germany. Playing 19 matches spanning three World Cups, the player, famously nicknamed “Der Terrier,” served as team captain from 1977-79, taking over for Franz Beckenbauer.

During a 14-year professional career in which he was twice named Germany Footballer of the Year, Vogts was an integral part of the Borussia Monchengladbach squad that won five Bundesliga titles (1969-70, 1970-71, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77) and two UEFA Cups (1974-75, 1978-79).

Vogts coached Germany from 1990-98, compiling a record of 66-12-24. In addition to the title in 1996, he had a second-place finish in the 1992 European Championship and led Germany to the quarterfinals in consecutive World Cups in 1994 and 1998.

Having coached the national teams of Scotland (2002-04) and Nigeria (2007-08), he has served as the manager for Azerbaijan since April of 2008 and will continue in that role.

The relationship between Klinsmann and Vogts dates back to the 90s when Klinsmann was a player in that 1996 squad that won the European Championship. “He was my coach for Germany in the 1990s,” says the Klinsmann. “We have a great relationship. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both as a player and a coach, and he knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level.”

In his new role as Special Advisor, Vogts will aid in the development of training plans, help prepare scouting reports, and travel to observe matches of the USA’s opponents in the lead-up to the tournament and in Brazil.

Editor’s note: While the appointment of Vogts is good news for the former Scotland manager, Grant Wahl has revealed that Klinsmann’s number two — Martin Vazquez — has been reassigned within USSF.

7 thoughts on “Jurgen Klinsmann Hires Berti Vogts as USMNT World Cup Special Advisor”

  1. I fondly remember Berty. He was Germany’s coach when Bulgaria beat them 2:1 in the 1/4 finals of the 1994 World Cup here in the US. That Stoichkov free kick and Letchkov’s flying header were something else.

    He also coached Germany when they lost once again to Bulgaria 3:2 in a Euro cup qualifier in 1995, the Germans were up 2:0 at the half…I was at the stadium and it was a lifetime memory, that game was.

    Thank you, Berty, for the memories.

    Not sure how much he will help the US get out of that hell of a group in the World Cup, though.

    1. I thought I was the only one that remembered that match (at least outside of Bulgaria and Germany)… never seen anything like it in my life, both superb goals and Germany was just shell shocked by it… it was amazing.

    1. lol It was Scotland… what do you want from them 😛 (sorry Scotland, just a bit of fun with you… still love you)

  2. OH NO! Big mistake. Berti was a bust as Germany Nat Team coach. USA needs new fresh view not old school. The modern games has changed so much.

    There much better choices from Germany that Klinsmann can pick. Disappointing.

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