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Simeone praises Klinsmann’s US program that “seduces us as coaches”

Jul 31, 2014, 10:03 AM EDT

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Diego Simeone is being seduced by Jurgen Klinsmann.

Don’t pull your young ones away from the computer screen just yet, folks. The Atletico Madrid manager was discussing the way his United States men’s national team counterpart sets up his team.

[ Related: Pep Guardiola praises Jurgen Klinsmann’s work for USMNT ]

Serving as “Sony Coaching Ambassador” for the 2014 World Cup, Simeone laid out his best XI for the tournament and also honored two coaches for their work in Brazil. One of those was Klinsmann.

From Sony:

Coaches: Joachim Low (Germany) and Jurgen Klinsmann (USA)
Klinsmann has revolutionised football in the United States. He has been able to get a whole country behind the team and that’s very difficult in the USA. But above all, he got the team working together and for each other – and they competed at an excellent level in the World Cup. It was a great collective effort – and that’s what seduces us as coaches.

Low culminated at the World Cup everything he had been creating in the last six or seven years with Germany. It’s no coincidence that Germany won the World Cup; it was a question of growth, hard work, patience, building a strong project, advancing along the right road and ending up where great projects end – as world champions.

Klinsmann and Low started off working together and today, Germany are not only a hard-working team with a strong aerial threat, but a side with many attacking variants, great collective play and an attack with excellent positioning and movement. It’s an attractive style of football and what we saw at the World Cup was a reflection of what Germany has produced in the Champions League in recent seasons – a mix between what we have seen from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in Europe.

Klinsmann and Simeone were never teammates, but the pair were Serie A rivals of sorts when the German played for Inter Milan and the Argentine for Pisa.

The World Cup praise has been flowing for Klinsmann in international circles, though American analysts like Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda and others have condemned the manager’s approach as too cautious.

Simeone didn’t take too many chances with his XI, picking 10 of his 11 players from finalists Germany and Argentina. The lone outlier? Chilean bulldog Gary Medel, who made headlines today by reportedly claiming he only wanted to play for Inter Milan (Medel is currently a member of Cardiff City).

  1. rphillish - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    So all US soccer had to do to start being taken seriously was hire a foreign coach? I mean I can’t help but feel a little insulted when all these guys praise us only after Klinsmann took the job. All that progress that was made by past coaches, by USSoccer and professional leagues? Nope, doesn’t mean anything. Got a big name German coach? Wow, look how far he’s taken US Soccer!

    Spare us the patronization.

    • mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      He didn’t say that. He praised Klinsmann for getting the whole USA soccer community to support him, something that didn’t always happen with past USMNT coaches. He never said Klinsmann built from the ground up.

    • ez0682 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Because stupid american coaches don’t make u.s. players play with an iq of futbol.unless u liked Bradley who was all about counter an let kick the ball an c what happens.just like ur stupid mls league wtf they get they players from some crap called draft hahahhahahhaah stupid american go watch baseball of hanball oh sorry meant football hahaba

      • sportsbastard - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        Hang on, I’ll compose a reply once I’m finished drinking my clean water, in my air-conditioned home, while watching my satellite television and fiddling on my iPad all at the same time.

  2. midtec2005 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    This just shows how out of touch the rest of the world is with the state of U.S. soccer. Klinnsman had nothing to do with the support level. That’s been growing anyway, primarily because of MLS.

    Secondly, he set the team up to play too defensively. After Jozy went down, we should have kept playing with two forwards. I don’t think he did a terrible job. But this kind of praise is ridiculous.

    • beagle11 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Primarily because of the MLS???!!?!

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