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Jurgen Klinsmann And His Role In Germany’s 2014 World Cup Win

Klinsmann With Big Choices To Make

Jurgen Klinsmann is a legend of German football, as a player. As a coach, his reputation may be more notable for the 3rd place finish in Germany’s own World Cup 8 years ago, and the spectacular flameout at Bayern Munich 3 years later. Now his reputation may have been rehabilitated by his former assistant Joachim Low, as the process Klinsmann largely started finally paid off with this World Cup win. It certainly may not change the view of Klinsmann as Germany’s coach, but his role in this triumph cannot be understated.

5 players from the 2006 World Cup team have winner’s medals in 2014. Schweinsteiger, Klose, Lahm, Mertesacker and Podolski all are earliest members of the German youth regeneration that began after group stage failures in 2000 and 2004 at the Euros. These players became the standard bearers for the future of German football that developed slowly over the years, and as older generations who couldn’t raise the flag fell by the wayside, the new youth came in with elements of old and new and finally put 18 years of demons aside. Someone had to start the regeneration and put faith in the youth, and it was Klinsmann that did it.

Jogi Low had his own pressures to live up to with Germany, especially as they struggled to finally win the big game for the first 3 major tournaments under Low. Germany has evolved too under Low from a more traditional German team, to one with elements of total possession, athleticism, and bits and pieces from many different footballing cultures alluding to Germany’s overall multi-cultural nature in the modern world. But someone did have to start the trend towards the youth, and even as Germany had a strong generation of older talent to call on, Klinsmann made the tough decisions at the start. While he himself didn’t directly reap the rewards, he certainly should be credited for starting the process that evolved to today’s triumph.

This probably will and should not be described as a “moral victory” for Klinsmann, as this was a process that the country and the federation had committed to, and Klinsmann was the face and man to start the process. Everyone who has played a role in the revival and regeneration of German football should get some credit and a small piece of the World Cup won tonight, and Klinsmann deserves an equal share.

The revival of German football was a total effort, and while Jurgen Klinsmann’s presence and influence is notable and necessary to mention, it’s not total, although he may take inspiration from that with his new project in the United States.

But for now, Klinsmann will do what all Germans are doing tonight: celebrate.

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  1. Jan

    July 13, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    How did Klinnsman start it when this process started in 2000 and he became coach in 2004?

    • Dito

      July 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Yes, unfortunately this article was researched incredibly badly.

      First of all the minor mistake that Klose, as well as Podolski and Schweinsteiger were all already a part of the German National Team in the WC 2002… but only Klose got to play.

      The change in the Bundesliga started after the failure in the Euro Cup 2000 – as Jan already pointed out, Klinsmann became our coach much later.

      What he brought was a change in how we should approach football, to play more offensive and pro-active. And of course he was one of the main characters in the crazy summer of 2006 we still call Sommermärchen.

      But this win – 8 years later – no, this doesn’t have anything to do with Klinsmann. This is a combination of what the DFB did with german soccer and the experience of a team that went through ups and downs together time and time again.

      We made it. Finally. Worldchampions. And in 2 years with Reus, maybe we can also be Euro-Champions… who knows.
      For now I’m just happy!

  2. R.O

    July 13, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    This piece forgot to include another key individual in the change in German football: Matthias Sammer.

    He was appointed to the DFB as technical director a position that hadn’t existed before in the DFB. He task was to focus on finding youth talents between 11-18 & incorporate developments in sports science into the DFB’s training theories.

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