Wednesday, July 12, 2006

World Cup Football: USA Soccer job made to order for Klinsmann!!!

Even Deutsche-Welle thinks so:

There are plenty of reasons for Germany's Jürgen Klinsmann to head for the rumored coaching job waiting for him in the United States, and the coincidence that he lives there isn't the biggest one of them.

Congratulations to Jürgen Klinsmann, the man who literally brought a smile back to Germany, for taking a break to talk with his family before deciding on his next job.

He's earned the time with his wife and two children, and hopefully they'll be able to convince him to hand in his Lufthansa frequent flier card and stay at home in California after a grueling World Cup and two-year tug-of-war over everything from his coaching methods to the choice of the team's hotel.
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Near anonymity for the whole family is a major drawing point for the soft-spoken coach. While Klinsmann would be under the critical eyes of Germany's 82 million remote control coaches, the US Soccer Federation would be hard pressed to find half that number of Americans who can name the current coach -- and he's been there for eight years.


It's hard for us to imagine the difference in profile Klinsmann and his family would carry into the public.
Everyone in 'football crazed' Europe knows Klinsmann by sight, and the sports reporters would be hanging on him and his family trying to dig out any bit of news positive or negative....while even coming across Tommy LaSorda in his high profile days with the Dodgers wouldnt necessarily raise much of a fuss.

So even if Klinsmann raised US soccer's profile ten-fold, the public and paparazzi nuisance would still be nothing compared to what he gets now in Germany.

So it's a win-win for both Klinsmann and US Soccer. He gets to stay and work around home, traveling the least of most any national team coach, and he gets to keep his private life relatively private while making over 1.5 million for his efforts... which work-hours are GENERALLY less intrusive than if he coached a club team.

We can hope.. and let's keep our fingers crossed that he does the right thing for the sport he loves.

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