Friday, July 29, 2011

Klinsmann Named New USA Boss

Jurgen Klinsmann has been appointed the new manager of the United States. Klinsmann had a distinguished playing career, highlighted by winning the World Cup in 1990 and European championship in 1996 with Germany, but has had only fleeting spells in management, first with Germany and later Bayern.


Bobbie BS said...

Let's compare records:
30 years head coaching at the collegiate, MLS and UMNT levels. Won college championships (Ivy League), an MLS cup, multiple US Open Cups, a Gold Cup, his WC qualifying group, 2nd place finish in Confed Cup.

2 years coaching Germany, steered host country to 3rd place finish.
3/4 of a season coaching Bayern Munich, sacked in 3rd place position despite having greatest financial and personnel resources in Bundesliga. Great smile, hair.

Genius. Better beat Mexico in 12 days!

finnkevin said...

March of 2006 Germany was ranked 22 in the world the worst ranking ever. He brought them to 3rd in world cup. Pretty good if you ask me

Bobbie BS said...

Fair enough Kevin. But:
- FIFA rankings are complete BS. Germany finished second 4 years before with many of the same core players
- Germany finish in the top 3 of the WC more often than they don't
- Germany hosting the Cup would have been expected to win the whole thing if expectations weren't artificially lowered due to not playing a qualifying campaign and looking sloppy in friendlies.
- If in 2002 after finishing 2nd in Japan/Korea you'd told the average German fan that they'd finish 3rd at home they'd say it was a failure of a tournament.