Jürgen Klinsmann was named the new coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team this morning, just a day after Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties. U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati made the announcement, saying, “We are excited to have Jürgen as the head coach of our men’s national team. He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Jürgen has had success in many different areas of the game and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field.” Klinsmann is the 35th coach of the U.S.A.
Klinsmann managed Germany during their 2006 FIFA World Cup run to the semifinals, where they lost to Italy. However, Germany did win the third place game, and Klinsmann was named Germany’s Coach of the Year. Klinsmann stepped down after the World Cup. His record during his tenure as Germany’s coach was 20-8-6. He went on to manage Bayern Munich in 2008, where he was later fired in 2009 even though Bayern wasn’t doing all that bad under his reign. His overall record with Bayern was 25-9-9.
Klinsmann was also a fine striker during his playing days. He made 108 appearances with the German national team, scoring 47 goals. He won the 1990 World Cup as a player with West Germany.
Klinsmann’s first game in charge isn’t far away; the U.S. play Mexico in a friendly on August 10th. Can Klinsmann finally make the U.S. the world power many people think they can be? Only time will tell.