Category: Jurgen Klinsmann

Klopp confident Liverpool will seal Champions League spot

London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool will recover from a disappointing Premier League run to seal qualification for next season’s Champions League in their final game against Brighton. Defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, following damaging draws against Stoke and West Brom, has taken the race for Champions League football next season into the final week of the season. Unless Huddersfield can beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Liverpool will go into Sunday’s home game against Brighton knowing they must at least match Chelsea’s result against Newcastle, managed by former Reds boss Rafael Benitez. Should they fail, they ... Read more

Klinsmann’s goalkeeper son named to US under-20 team

Chicago (AFP) – Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of fired US national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has been called into the American squad for the North American regional under-20 championship tournament. The younger Klinsmann, a goalkeeper for the University of California, was among five college players in the lineup, which also included defender Marlon Fossey and midfielder Luca de la Torre from English Championship side Fulham. It’s a situation reminiscent of when the elder Klinsmann took over the American squad in 2011 after the firing of coach Bob Bradley with Bradley’s son Michael serving as one of the midfielders in his ... Read more

With Klinsmann’s firing, a new dawn awaits US Men’s National Team

Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports It’s over. Jurgen Klinsmann, five-and-a-half years after being hired to transform the United States men’s national team, has been fired. US Soccer President Sunil Gulati finally pulled the plug on his handpicked coach on Monday afternoon, six days after the US lost 4-0 in Costa Rica in one of its worst performances in recent times. Bruce Arena is expected to be announced as Klinsmann’s replacement on Tuesday. Gulati will speak to the media on Tuesday afternoon. This was a decision a long time in coming. The USA’s loss in Costa Rica was its worst in ... Read more

Klinsmann fired as US coach

Chicago (AFP) – Former Germany player and coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired Monday as coach of the United States after losing two 2018 World Cup qualifying matches. The 52-year-old, who won the World Cup as a player with Germany in 1990, had been in charge of the US since 2011. US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati announced the “difficult decision” without naming a replacement. The United States does not face another World Cup qualifier until March. “While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up ... Read more

Jurgen Klinsmann fired by US Soccer after disappointing losses to Mexico and Costa Rica

Photo credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jurgen Klinsmann has been sacked as head coach and technical director of the US Men’s National Team. Klinsmann began his tenure as head coach on July 29, 2011, and compiled a 55-27-16 record during his tenure. In 2013, he led the team on a record-setting 12-game winning streak, the longest in program history. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage in 2013 are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year. In 2014, the team advanced out of the “Group of Death” and reached the Round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup. ... Read more

Sunil Gulati needs to be a leader and fire Klinsmann instead of living in his shadow

Photo credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Jurgen Klinsmann is going down in flames. The consensus around US Soccer circles is that a decision on the manager’s future with the US Men’s National Team he has led since 2011 will be made sometime this week. Klinsmann is in deep trouble. Two weeks ago, his team lost to Mexico and Costa Rica in the span of five days – opening the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with zero points for the first time ever. That wasn’t the only ignominy achieved. The US’ loss to Mexico was its first ever in ... Read more

Knives out for Klinsmann after Costa Rica rout

Los Angeles (AFP) – Calls for Jurgen Klinsmann to be sacked were mounting Wednesday as the worst defeat of his five-year reign left the United States facing an uphill battle to qualify for the World Cup. A brutal 4-0 mauling by Costa Rica on Tuesday in San Jose, just four days after a shattering 2-1 loss to Mexico in Columbus on Friday, has left the US rooted to the bottom of CONCACAF’s six-team final qualifying group. It is the first time in history that the US have lost their opening two qualifying games, and the first time since 2001 that ... Read more

Klinsmann stunned by Costa Rica mauling

San José (AFP) – United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann said his team’s 4-0 thrashing by Costa Rica was the most dispiriting loss of his reign on Tuesday as he reflected on back-to-back World Cup qualifying defeats. “It’s definitely the defeat that hurts the most in my five years, for sure,” a somber Klinsmann admitted after watching Costa Rica dismantle his men on a sultry night at San Jose’s Estadio Nacional. Arsenal’s Joel Campbell scored twice in three second-half minutes after Johan Venegas and Christian Bolanos had put the 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists 2-0 ahead. The drubbing, which followed a shattering ... Read more