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Klinsmann: German experience will help US

The Local · 28 Apr 2012, 13:37

Published: 28 Apr 2012 13:37 GMT+02:00

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Klinsmann, in a lengthy interview published in the Frankfurter Rundschau Friday, noted that he has not applied for US citizenship, though may do so, but feels right at home in the US after having lived there for 14 years.

Asked how he would react if the German and US national teams faced each other and the German national anthem was played, Klinsmann said he’d probably sing right along with it.

“It would be difficult for me in such a moment not to sing the German national anthem. I do that automatically. I always sang along as a player and as a trainer. Why shouldn’t I do it in such a situation? It doesn’t necessarily have to do with the game.”

As for then singing the US national anthem, Klinsmann said he first has to learn all its words. But he called the song “wonderful” and said he thinks it’s great that the anthem is played before every big sporting event.

The US trainer admitted that football faces an uphill battle in the sports-overloaded US, but noted that it is making headway and regular coverage of football tournaments now appear in major papers, like the New York Times.

But the Times recently labeled players with a German-American background that Klinsmann is seen as trying to import to the US team as “germericans.”

Klinsmann brushed off the label, saying the US has a lot to learn about football, including that it is an international sport with players coming from all over the world.

Klinsmann said he’s especially keen to exploit the vast amounts of talent seen among Hispanic players in the states and in Mexico.

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“My long-term goal is to make US football so strong that at some point we can be measured against the greatest teams.”

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14:04 April 28, 2012 by starsh3ro
its funny because here he resigned with the note that he doesnt have time anymore and wants to spend more time with his family. and voila, a few month later he started to train another team.
15:11 April 28, 2012 by Bigfoot76
The US team needs serious help. Klinsmann could actually play for them RIGHT NOW and it would improve the team. They need to start pulling in players from every country they can.
15:19 April 28, 2012 by Englishted
He was a great footballer and was great manager in Germany in 2006 ,so the U.S. are lucky to get him and I wish him well.
16:20 April 28, 2012 by belladons
Jurgen is the man. When I listened to him deeply on ESPN during a foosball match, I said to myself, ¦quot;Get rid of Bradley and sign Jurgen IMMEDIATELY. Thanks be to God, HE WAS HIRED.
00:39 April 29, 2012 by Chigozie Ohanweh
Hey guyz lets look at the bright side of it, he left nd we got a better coach. Under Low Germany is now one the strongest teams in the world. BRAVO JOACHIM LOW, BRAVO GERMANY.
02:45 April 29, 2012 by Bushdiver
Klinsmann was a good player but the Americans are not very good. The only reason they sometimes make a game of it is because of their unorthodox play. They bore the opposition to death and they fall asleep. Very little team work, terrible offense. They will never be a team to be feared among the better Europeon and S. American teams.
23:30 April 29, 2012 by chicagolive
@Bushdiver. That shows your shallowness about the ability of Football(soccer)in American. There are more soccer clubs in the US for under 18 kids than any other country in the world. The talent pool is massive the ability to find people to identify this talent is the problem. This is what will be Juergens strength
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