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U.S. Men’s National Team Coach: ‘We Cannot Win The World Cup’
CBS New York ^ | June 5, 2014

Posted on 06/05/2014 10:44:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Klinsmann Offers Brutally Honest Assessment Before Team Even Arrives In Brazil

The United States men’s soccer team has its work cut out for it at the upcoming World Cup.

The United States is in what has been dubbed this year’s “Group of Death,” containing Germany, Portugal and Ghana.

It will be very difficult for the U.S. to get out of Group G, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann isn’t expecting a miracle in Brazil. In fact, he’s being brutally honest and realistic about his club’s chances.

“We cannot win the World Cup because we are not at that level yet,” Klinsmann said, according to the New York Times. “For us, we have to play the game of our lives seven times to win the tournament.” But part of Klinsmann’s plan is to have the U.S. competing with the best of the best in the future, leading to sustainable success against the most talented teams in the world.

And while he’s tempering expectations, he’s looking forward to seeing how his team faces the daunting challenge head.

“It is one of the most difficult groups of the whole draw,” Klinsmann said back in December, according to Yahoo! Sports. “It couldn’t get any more difficult or any bigger, but that is what the World Cup is all about. We are looking forward to the challenge and we don’t see ourselves as any kind of outsiders. If you want to get into the top 10 or 12 teams in the world you have to beat these guys.”

This year’s squad is very young, which likely explains Klinsmann’s controversial decision to leave 32-year-old Landon Donovan off the roster.

USA, which is No. 13 in the latest FIFA world rankings, will open up group play against Ghana on June 16, then take on Portugal on June 22 before squaring off with Germany four days later.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: football; footie; germany; soccer; unitedstates; worldcup

1 posted on 06/05/2014 10:44:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

At least he understands the situation.


2 posted on 06/05/2014 10:48:16 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Oliviaforever

And why he left Donovan off the roster.


3 posted on 06/05/2014 10:52:45 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Oliviaforever

Really, he shouldn’t say it. He’s coaching the U.S.A., not Germany.


4 posted on 06/05/2014 10:52:54 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: 1rudeboy

Lando Calarissian?


5 posted on 06/05/2014 10:55:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

how many teams are in the tournament and what are the rankings... not that I care much


6 posted on 06/05/2014 10:56:03 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Oliviaforever

He knows what he’s talking about as he’s a WC winner with Germany. He could’ve chosen to live anywhere in the world but he chose to live here in Socal/OC.


7 posted on 06/05/2014 10:56:03 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana

“He could’ve chosen to live anywhere in the world but he chose to live here in Socal/OC.”

I question his sanity


8 posted on 06/05/2014 10:56:38 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway

What, you expect him to wave pom-poms? This is a training session for the young members of our squad. That is all.


9 posted on 06/05/2014 10:57:40 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway

Way to de-motivate your players. Dumb comments by Klinsmann.


10 posted on 06/05/2014 10:57:53 PM PDT by matt1234 (Everything I write is a lie.)
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To: 1rudeboy

When I was still growing up/trapped in Kanadastan, I watched how LD/team USA beat Portugal. I’m starting to understand it now. Klinsmann has to throw the young pups into the fire for 2018.


11 posted on 06/05/2014 11:01:29 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: GeronL
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/teams/index.html
12 posted on 06/05/2014 11:01:59 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: GeronL
how many teams are in the tournament

32 (8 groups of 4 in Round 1; top 2 in ea. group advance)

and what are the rankings...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_FIFA_World_Cup#Participating_teams_and_officials

numbers in parentheses are rankings

13 posted on 06/05/2014 11:02:31 PM PDT by matt1234 (Everything I write is a lie.)
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To: matt1234

Please understand one thing. On the one hand, you have professional athletes, and on the other you have people sitting on their couches watching ESPN 24 hrs/day.


14 posted on 06/05/2014 11:05:05 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: GeronL

I know the ball is round. At least, I think it is.


15 posted on 06/05/2014 11:05:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Michael Wilbon thinks Jurgen Klinsmann should 'get out of America'
“I’ve known Kobe Bryant,” Wilbon said. “And you, Mr. Klinsmann, are no damn Kobe Bryant. I mean seriously, Mr. Klinsmann now wants to tell all of American sports how to work. Get the hell out. Get out of America. If everything here — you want to coach this team fine. You haven’t won anything. You’re so gutless you went out and said ‘oh, our team can’t win, we can’t win.’ You’re supposed to be such a great coach, why are they paying you? They’re apparently paying you for something you did not only yesterday, but somewhere else about 4,000 miles away. I repeat: Get the hell out. When did Klinsmann become an expert on American sports?”
16 posted on 06/05/2014 11:09:05 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: nickcarraway

You do your best.
You never know when a team shows up in poor health with injuries or flu.


17 posted on 06/05/2014 11:09:46 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
World Cup coach Jurgen Klinsmann knocks Kobe Bryant to explain why he left Landon Donovan off the team
18 posted on 06/05/2014 11:11:34 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Just wow. So now you have some ESPN commentator who not only doesn’t give a crap about soccer, but who knows nothing about it . . . advising the U.S. Soccer Federation.


19 posted on 06/05/2014 11:16:06 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
What, you expect him to wave pom-poms? This is a training session for the young members of our squad. That is all.

Now, why should the coach work hard to pee on Americans...
...when you've shown to have that job filled already for the last 15 years?

20 posted on 06/05/2014 11:16:25 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: Berlin_Freeper

His son also mocked Donovan being off the team.


21 posted on 06/05/2014 11:18:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
This year’s squad is very young, which likely explains Klinsmann’s controversial decision to leave 32-year-old Landon Donovan off the roster.

Isn't that cicular reasoning? Oh well, it is CBS, after all.

22 posted on 06/05/2014 11:20:56 PM PDT by matt1234 (Everything I write is a lie.)
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To: nickcarraway

Good that the first game is Ghana. Beat them and the USA has a chance to advance. Lose and it’s all over. Tie against Ghana also probably means it’s all over.


23 posted on 06/05/2014 11:21:08 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Yossarian

Look, I completely understand that most FReepers don’t follow the USA national soccer team, and your comment shows it . . . .


24 posted on 06/05/2014 11:23:17 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: matt1234

thanks


25 posted on 06/05/2014 11:25:23 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 1rudeboy
he’s lived here since 1998.
Get the hell out. Get out of America... I repeat: Get the hell out.

26 posted on 06/05/2014 11:26:04 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 1rudeboy

No. My comment holds regardless of how much I or others here watch USA national soccer.

This is about where we stand, who we back, who we give aid and comfort to when it is our country on the line - in matters great and small.


27 posted on 06/05/2014 11:26:15 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: Yossarian
Oh, so now you're a patriot.
28 posted on 06/05/2014 11:27:45 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway
Jurgen Klinsmann's son apologizes after tweeting: 'HHAHAHAHAHAHAH DONAVAN'
29 posted on 06/05/2014 11:32:40 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: nickcarraway
▶ Jürgen Klinsmann Fußball Gott - YouTube
30 posted on 06/05/2014 11:42:07 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: nickcarraway

Didn’t the United States lose to third-world Ghana when the games were in second-world South Africa in 2010?

Sorry, folks, I can’t take this sport seriously when a squad from a country best known for internet scamming beats the U.S. in some second-rate country.

Now they are playing in Brazil — a country so ill prepared to finish their venues that they are leaving design elements off. And let’s not even talk about the corruption that brought the 2022 games to Qatar — a country the size of frigging Connecticut.


31 posted on 06/05/2014 11:49:07 PM PDT by NYRepublican72
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To: NYRepublican72
Didn’t the United States lose to third-world Ghana when the games were in second-world South Africa in 2010?

Yes, and in the preceding world cup in 2006, as well!

32 posted on 06/05/2014 11:58:39 PM PDT by matt1234 (Everything I write is a lie.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

He doesn’t live in America, he lives in Los Angeles.


33 posted on 06/06/2014 12:09:18 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
So we're sending a team down there to participate in an event, a glorified exhibition. If that's the case I'll watch the Brazilian grandmother bikini contest. It's a heckuva lot more entertaining.
34 posted on 06/06/2014 1:15:49 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: GeronL
how many teams are in the tournament and what are the rankings... not that I care much.

Thirty-two teams made it through qualifying to this point. They are divided into eight groups of four each. Those groups play within their groups in a round-robin which will eliminate sixteen teams. Following that, the remaining sixteen teams play a single-elimination tournament to determine the champion. In 2010, the US team made it to the round-of-16 before being knocked out. Tougher this time around with having to play Germany (traditional European powerhouse) and Portugal (with Cristiano Renaldo, arguably best player in the world... certainly the prettiest) in the first round (not to mention Ghana).

35 posted on 06/06/2014 1:22:33 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan; nickcarraway
... I'll watch the Brazilian grandmother bikini contest. It's a heckuva lot more entertaining.

Indeed! This actual grandmother really does have on a bikini, competing with others, also fine!! Look closely, VERrrrry closely!


36 posted on 06/06/2014 1:24:20 AM PDT by WVKayaker ("Every American should feel outrage at any injustice done to our veterans " -Sarah Palin 5/26/14)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What Wilbon is really po’ed about is that a German, a white man, had the unmitigated nerve to voice an oblique-at-best criticism of the almighty (almighty arrogant and ego-centric) Kobe Bryant. (BTW, Klinsman’s comment really reflected on Lakers’ management, not Bryant)


37 posted on 06/06/2014 1:28:34 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: WVKayaker

And she was probably not even the winner!


38 posted on 06/06/2014 1:32:57 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: NYRepublican72
Sorry, folks, I can’t take this sport seriously when a squad from a country best known for internet scamming beats the U.S. in some second-rate country.

I used to share your attitude about soccer. Most of us like the games we grew up with, and I grew up with basketball, football, and baseball, in that order.

Now that I'm a grumpy old man, I am disgusted at how basketball and football have degraded themselves to chase television dollars. Basketball, the greatest game ever invented, is now almost unwatchable at the NBA and major college level. Football is also a pale shadow of what it used to be. Too many thugs, too many kids with dizzying amounts of money behaving badly, and the integrity of the game undermined by rules changes. I don't remember the last time I tried to watch a football game. I remember flipping the tv on, but I lost interest after the first 30 or 40 commercials. I think they slipped a down or two of football in there somewhere.

Soccer, at least, hasn't sold out to tv.

Then I had two daughters grow up playing youth soccer and I actually watched enough to develop some understanding and liking for the game. Soccer has its problems, as any sport does, but it's healthier than the NBA or NFL. U.S. women's soccer (I have two daughters who play, so we follow the women's national team) is among the best in the world. U.S. men's soccer is a respectable middle tier team, which for us is progress. The top male athletes will still gravitate towards the big money sports, and that will hold U.S. men's soccer back until players are much better paid. But looking at the poisonous effect of tv money on other U.S. sports, I'm not particularly eager for that to happen. If American tv ever gets its hands on soccer, we'll have commercial breaks on every throw in.

39 posted on 06/06/2014 3:21:32 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: NYRepublican72

That’s the beauty of the game. You don’t have to be a huge, sports-minded powerhouse country to field a good soccer team.


40 posted on 06/06/2014 4:24:16 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Wilbon is a certified moron.


41 posted on 06/06/2014 4:28:48 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: al_c
That’s the beauty of the game. You don’t have to be a huge, sports-minded powerhouse country to field a good soccer team.

American weakness is not compelling TV to me. If I liked watching that, I'd be watching Obama's foreign policy speeches...

42 posted on 06/06/2014 6:47:06 AM PDT by NYRepublican72
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To: al_c
It does help to have a larger population base to draw from. Of the 32 countries, only 6 have fewer than 10 million inhabitants. Four have fewer than 5 million: Uruguay, Croatia, Costa Rica, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Muslim world did not fare well. Two countries on the list where almost everyone is Muslim (Iran and Algeria). Nigeria is about 50% Muslim, Bosnia about 40%, and Ivory Coast 39%. No others where Muslims are above 20% of the population.

43 posted on 06/06/2014 11:32:19 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
The Floating Soccer Field of Koh Panyee

Where there's a will, there's a way.

44 posted on 06/06/2014 1:33:34 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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