A world champion with the Mannschaft in 1990, a winner of Euro '96, capped 108 times before himself coaching the national team between 2004 and 2006, Jürgen Klinsmann takes on his country on Thursday 26 June at 18:00. The stakes are even higher because there's a place in the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup at place!
Yet it wouldn't have taken much to avoid such a showdown. For nearly 15 minutes on Sunday night, American looked as if they were already through to the second round against Portugal, only for Varela to head the two sides level in the 95th minute! Jürgen Klinsmann's USA still need at least one little point to be assured of their place in the next round, just like Joachim Löw's team... the same Löw that was Klinsmann's assistant during his time at the head of the Germany side... But the former AS Monaco stqr confirmed no-one would be doing anyone any favours: "With Löw, we are good friends, but we both have a job to do. Now is not the time for a friendly phone call."
Despite the disappointment of the late draw with the Portuguese, Klinsmann remains optimistic: "To concede a goal in the final seconds is just unlucky. The lads played an extraordinary match. We still have a long way to go to qualify, but we want to beat Germany and qualify for the last-16... Spirits are high and we are confident. We have plenty of ambition, this fighting spirit, this energy. Our aim is to reach the next round. We have the potential to surprise a few more teams in this competition."
In this photo from 1992, Jürgen Klinsmann posed proudly in his Germany shirt alongside AS Monaco teammates Enzo Scifo (Belgium) and Emmanuel Petit (France).