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Report: Jurgen Klinsmann linked with Switzerland job after World Cup 2014

Nov 6, 2013, 7:20 AM EDT

Jurgen Klinsmann AP

So, it’s basically common knowledge that Jurgen Klinsmann’s contract with U.S. soccer runs out after next year’s World Cup… but then what?

With the USA impressing and having soared up the FIFA World rankings during the German’s time in charge, he’s a wanted man.

Reports out of Switzerland this week suggest Klinsi is being lined up to take over from current Swiss national team boss Ottmar Hitzfeld, who will be retiring from his illustrious coaching career after the World Cup, after Switzerland qualified comfortably and are expected to be among the top seeds for next summer’s tournament in Brazil.

Can we believe these rumors?

For me, they’re not that far-fetched. Klinsmann’s three-year tenure with the U.S. national team will ultimately come down to his sides performance at the World Cup next summer. If he succeeds and the USA make it to the quarterfinals or better, then expect a new contract to come his way. But whether or not he accepts it, we will have to wait and see.

However, even though the whole “Switzerland interested in Klinsmann” rumors have been circulating rapidly, let’s not forget that Klinsmann is settled in California, is extremely happy living in the USA and in my opinion unless things go disastrously at the World Cup, he should lead the USMNT for an extremely long time.

These reports, rumors, whispers are testament to the job Klinsmann and his staff have done to turn around the fortunes of the USA and help put them in the best possible position ahead of World Cup 2014. The fact that one of Europe’s best organized countries and a nation that’s currently punching well above it’s weight in international soccer is interested in Klinsmann, is credit to him and the USA. The Swiss FA want to keep their incredible upward spiral continuing, and appreciate the impressive rebuild the former German World Cup winner has performed with the Yanks.

The job Klinsmann has done, despite the doubters to start with, has been lauded across the globe. That’s why the Swiss want him to carry on Hitzfeld’s good work.

After next summer, will it be a case of stick or twist or USA vs. Switzerland for Klinsmann?

  1. dfstell - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I don’t know if we want him to stay. Is the track record for any national team coach all that great after the first WC cycle? Even if we do great, it might still be better to bring in someone new.

    • bear06 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      You don’t know what you’re talking about dfstell.

      • mikeevergreen - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Actually, he may be right. Bruce Arena’s second four years with the USA produced a flame-out at Germany 2006, and Marcelo Lippi’s title defense with Italy was an embarassment.

      • bear06 - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        Like I said just because it happened to them it doesn’t mean it will happen to JK. It will be better for U.S. soccer if Klinsmann stays for another WC cycle.

      • mikeevergreen - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        You sure about that, Bear? Remember Bruce Arena’s second four years at the USA helm? Or Marcelo Lippi’s second four with Italy after winning the Cup in 2006? I’d say dfstell is right.

      • bear06 - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:08 AM

        dfstell is right? lmao! 70 people disagree with him and you. Also just because they didn’t have a second successful WC it doesn’t mean it will happen to Klinsmann. It will be for the best if he stays with the U.S. MNT for another 4 years after next year’s WC.

    • konmtu - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      So Joachim Loew is a failure? He’s in until the next Euro’s which has him coaching two WC’s and three Euro’s. True, Germany hasn’t won it, but they’ve performed extremely well in those tourneys.

  2. atxnole - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    I can’t really envision a scenario where the Swiss job is considered a better one than the US job. Certainly on par at best. Sure, you get to manage in another marquee tournament (the Euros) potentially, but is that alone enough to warrant taking the job? I’m not so sure.

    This seems more likely to be his agent angling for an earlier extension than a real possibility IMO.

    • notaretard - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      “I can’t really envision a scenario where the Swiss job is considered a better one than the US job. Certainly on par at best.”

      i hate to break it to you, but in pretty much any country outside of the US, the switzerland job is considered as good, if not better than the US job, not the other way around.

  3. tylerbetts - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    In my opinion, not bringing Klinsmann back for a second cycle would indicate that the entire Klinsmann experiment was a failure.

    You don’t bring a guy in with the hope of changing the culture, the mindset, and the systems … and then let him walk away about three years on the job. That’s not giving his ideas a chance to really take hold, and that’s not giving him a chance to really leave a legacy that impacts US Soccer for generations to come.

    Yes, there is a risk that his message starts to get old. Yes, there is a risk that guys tune him out.

    But, where is there not a risk? There’s a risk that whoever we bring in to replace him isn’t fully qualified for the job, and sets us back in development a few years. There’s a risk that whomever we bring in doesn’t have the relationships with clubs and leagues that Klinsmann has built, and we see our young guys getting fewer opportunities.

    I’d rather take the risk on Klinsmann. Almost, regardless of what happens at the World Cup. I’d like to say Quarterfinal or bust, but I don’t think that’s 100% realistic until we see the draw. I’d like to say “get us out of Group Stages in consecutive World Cups for the first time in the modern era”, and I think that’s fair … unless we get a horrible draw (something like Argentia/Italy/Cote D’Ivoire).

    I like Klinsmann. I like the promise of Klinsmann. I like his vision for US Soccer. In my ideal world, he stays on one more cycle as the manager, continues the process he’s making, and then after Russia 2018, he moves on to Sunil’s job and continues to oversee growth and change for US Soccer.

    • kurgen99 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      I like it Tyler. He’s not leaving California, and the there is no nation with a greater upside than the US. We’re just getting started, and Klinsmann is showing an excellent talent and getting tough results with whatever team he puts on the field.

      • notaretard - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        “just getting started” my a$$. i’ve been hearing that for 20 years now. face it, we’re a long way from “just getting started,” we’ve been at it for a while now. and i can think of multiple countries with just as good of, if not better, upsides as the US. look, i love our national team too and JK has done an amazing job, but i don’t live in some delusional fantasy world. people need to cool it with the moronic “the US team is the best and the coaching position is the most desirable because that’s my team and if i like them that makes them the best” mentality. sounds like a kindergartener arguing about why mcdonald’s is the “best” restaurant when anyone with a brain knows that’s not the case

  4. boscoesworld - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I like JK a lot but if the “Klinsi” thing doesn’t stop he has to go!!!! You do realize you must only type three more letters right? In the immortal words of grandpa Chip “He’s a grown man”!! Maybe refer to him like one.

    • bear06 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      So just because some people call him “Klinsi” and you don’t like it he has to go? You’re an idiot boscoesworld.

      • boscoesworld - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Yeah that makes me an idiot!! I suppose not recognizing sarcasm makes you a bigger idiot!!!

      • bear06 - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:04 AM

        No, your idiotic post made no sense at all. You’re just saying it’s sarcasm so you won’t look like the stupid buffoon that you really are.

  5. patriotsdefense - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Klinsmann has said in interviews that one of the things he enjoys most about this job is the level of anonymity it can provide in this dense US sports market. He enjoys being able to disappear into his normal life outside of football, where as before in Germany he was the show and was constantly in the media spotlight.

  6. braxtonrob - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    It depends on how patriotic (for the U.S.) he feels. I can see him leaving, but I only give it a 50/50 chance.

    • bear06 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      He has said that he would like to stay as the U.S. MNT coach for another World Cup cycle.

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