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Jurgen Klinsmann weighs in on transfer window debate

Aug 27, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT


Jurgen Klinsmann has some tough choices ahead as the United States national team prepares for two World Cup quarterfinals – after which the United States is likely to have booked official passage into Brazil 2014.

At this point we are talking “when” rather than “if,” but the moment of official qualification still resonates, if only symbolically. So next a Sept. 6 date in Costa Rica and a subsequent date with border rival Mexico, Sept. 10 in Columbus, will be newsy happenings.

While some finalists in the region have already announced their rosters – Honduras is here and Panama is here – Klinsmann is likely to stick with the routine of naming his squad on the week of the match, which means early next week.

His task is substantial, because some names from that highly successful Gold Cup roster are pushing their way up the order, squeezing the regulars, who were also quite successful during their big June dash.

Klinsmann talks about it here, in the most recent Q&A from U.S. Soccer.

In the same Q&A, Klinsmann also weighs in on the ongoing debate over FIFA’s transfer window. It’s the Silly Season, as we know. And if there’s one thing to hate more than the Silly Season, it’s an extended Silly Season, one that is much longer than it truly needs to be.

It is distracting to everyone, players, managers and clubs alike. It becomes even more cumbersome – really, just kind of odd – when the window encroaches on the European season. Here we are a week or two deep into most leagues in Europe and the window remains disconcertingly open for another few days.

Here’s what Klinsmann says about it:

It’s wrong. There is plenty of time in the offseason for transfers to take place. It could be done by July 31 and it would be completely fine. It would be better for the players who are getting transferred, because they could still get in a little part of preseason with their new team. Now it just drags on until the beginning of September and teams are already in full swing. It messes everybody up, and it’s a lose-lose.” 

  1. billobrienschindimple - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    I agree, but I don’t. The extended window gives you an out in case of an injury in the first few games. Some of the teams in the lower half of the EPL could be screwed if an impact player goes down. Look at West Brom and Ben Foster. I think their a good side and Clarkey is a great coach, but they were always going to struggle for goals. Now take out a key defensive piece, and yikes. Not saying they will bring anybody in, even on loan, but the extended window gives them the option.

    • talgrath - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Shouldn’t they, instead of relying on a couple of key people, have the best overall squad possible? I realize that someone has to be first on the depth chart, but it’s bad management to pin all of your hopes and dreams on players that are as mortal and vulnerable to a broken leg or torn ligament as you and I.

    • 77cjh77 - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      by your logic then, it should never end. why end it after 3 games when a player might go down in game 4? or after 4 games when he could go down in game 5? and so on, and so on. it’s got to end some time. it should end before the season starts so teams don’t have to worry about losing impact players after the season has begun. get things finished up before the seasons begin. you still have plenty of time over the summer to buy players, and as talgrath said, teams should be building the best possible teams, not relying on 1 or 2 key players

  2. dfstell - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Honestly, I’d rather see the transfer window never close. Can you imagine the chaos and interest?

    I’d love to see comfortably mid-table clubs selling players at the end of the season to teams pushing for a championship or threatened by relegation. Imagine the insane fees that would be generated. I think it would be awesome and it would give the media something to cover year-round.

    Of course, I know most people don’t enjoy that much chaos in their football.

    • Steve Davis - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      If I didn’t already have a friend we call “Chaos” I would bequeath you with that nickname, sir!

      • dfstell - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM


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