German legend takes over from exiting Bob Bradley.
The former Germany manager Jürgen Klinsmann has been named the new head coach of the USA. The announcement comes a day after Bob Bradley was sacked after four years in charge.
Klinsmann had a distinguished playing career, highlighted by winning the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship in 1996 with Germany, but has had only fleeting spells in management, first with Germany and later Bayern Munich.
“I am proud and honoured to be named the head coach of the US men’s national team,” said Klinsmann, who will take charge of his first match on 10 August against rivals Mexico.
He added: “I would like to thank the US Soccer Federation for the opportunity, and I’m excited about the challenge ahead. I am looking forward to bringing the team together for our upcoming match against Mexico and starting on the road toward qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.”
Jurgen Klinsmann has lived almost exclusively in the US since he hung up his playing boots back in 1998 and has often been linked with moves to manage in the MLS and now has the top job as United States national team coach and may well be the right man for the job.
Bob Bradley did a fairly decent job at the helm for the past four and a half years but the high profile appointment of the former German goal machine will do a lot to boost the players under Klinsmann’s managerial control, such is his legend.
There are some who argue that the 46 year old hasn’t been the greatest manager in the game but his record at both Bayern Munich and as coach of the German national team was pretty damn good. He took Germany to a third place finish in the 2006 World Cup after losing to eventual winners Italy in extra time.
He then took charge at the Allianz Arena he was unceremoniously sacked with just five games left of the Bundesliga season with Bayern Munich at that point only three points from top spot. Klinsmann’s overall record of 25 wins from 43 games in charge of the Bavarian side doesn’t seem like the kind of record to be sneered at.