9:38 pm - 06/29/2014

Jürgen Klinsmann tells players’ families to change flights

The USA coach, Jürgen Klinsmann, has told his players to change their families’ return flights from Brazil until after the World Cup final.

USA face Belgium in the second round of the World Cup on Tuesday after emerging from a tough Group G ahead of Portugal and Ghana. The defender Omar Gonzalez says Klinsmann’s upbeat assessment of his team’s chances of progressing has even gone as far as encouraging revised travel plans.

“Jürgen has been nothing but positive. He’s telling us, he’s telling our families to change our flights to July 14, 15, because we’re going to be here until the very end,” said the centre-half. “So that just speaks volumes to how positive he is, how much he believes in this team, and obviously it trickles down to all of us.“That means that we’re all as confident as he is, and that we all believe in this team. We plan on being here a few more weeks.”

Klinsmann was criticised by some American journalists before the tournament for saying that it was “unrealistic” to talk about USA winning the World Cup. But now his team are repeating the mantra that in the knockout stage, anything is possible if the Americans can prepare well and play to their potential.

“You get to this part in the tournament and it’s clear that [it is about] whoever prepares better, whoever’s more committed on the day, whoever makes more plays over the course of 90 minutes, whoever’s willing to have a group of guys on the field who fight and are so determined to come off the field a winner,” said the midfielder Michael Bradley. “Those are the things that count. So, for us, it’s about using the time in between these games to recover, physically, mentally, and know that when we step on the field it’s going to be a hard game, one that tests us in every way. But like we keep saying we’re excited about it and we’ll be ready to go.”

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sestiere 29th-Jun-2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
optimism is cute
agentnever 29th-Jun-2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
almondcroissant 29th-Jun-2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
learn from herrera's mistakes, klinsmann

don't get ahead

Edited at 2014-06-29 07:59 pm (UTC)
jigglemypuff 29th-Jun-2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
How do Germans view him? Is there hate for him coaching another country? Was he ever that important to begin with that people would care?
verdhandi 29th-Jun-2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
From what I remember he wasn't a popular choice back then because he seemed inexperienced. And now most people want him to fail, I think.

I really don't care about football though, so this is all just based on stuff that I have heard people here say.

How do Americans view him?
kaiserschmarrn 29th-Jun-2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
most people want him to fail

Really? They must be bitter Bayern Munich fans lol No I mean idk, I don't care about Klinsi as long as the USA don't get in our way and most people I've talked to like him well enough.
jigglemypuff 29th-Jun-2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
Most Americans like him except Landon Donovan fans. He's done a good job.
megalixer 29th-Jun-2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
Most Americans like him, as far as I can tell. There are of course some "lolol our team is pretty much German" jokes since he's German and a lot of the players are German-American but most people I've talked to think it's more amusing than anything, no one's too pressed about it.
cupkate 29th-Jun-2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
Americans have never heard his name before.
pretty_angel 30th-Jun-2014 08:03 am (UTC)
nah sis, he won over the whole country with the whole ~Sommermärchen 2006~
kaiserschmarrn 29th-Jun-2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
Why would there be hate for him coaching another country? Quite a few countries have German coaches. And he's very well-known and well-liked, no hard feelings imo.
ezzykoenig 29th-Jun-2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
idk why it would matter. an italian coaches the russian nt. there are plenty of coaches that manage different countries.
wiedemauchsei 29th-Jun-2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
ppl still like him here i think. I've never heard of any kind of hate directed at him.
octoberstarlite 29th-Jun-2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
Not German but I doubt they hate him, it's quite normal.
just444 29th-Jun-2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
nah, we mostly like him
biene 29th-Jun-2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
just444 29th-Jun-2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
camillesaens 29th-Jun-2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
lol i think he's hot in a weird way

like an uglier version of Ryan Lochte
biene 29th-Jun-2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
he's a qt because he's such a dork
sparkagrace 29th-Jun-2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
I don't see it...

hadefuldtkind 29th-Jun-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
qt <3
gustavq 29th-Jun-2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
It looks like he has a huge dick.
nobodynomore 29th-Jun-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
he has a serial killer face to me :/
jessepinkman 29th-Jun-2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
I used to like him but this WC he seems like an ass
sviibwhapp 29th-Jun-2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
hypermuseic9 30th-Jun-2014 01:22 am (UTC)
i really like him & i shouldn't because he plays for bayern.
nalaa1906 29th-Jun-2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
lol good luck, I guess.
theupperdrive 29th-Jun-2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
sphinx81 29th-Jun-2014 08:57 pm (UTC)
Lol, I'm American and have been rooting for them non-stop, and even I'm like >___>

Then again, we do tend to run on dumb optimism, so, you know, I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN.

spanishsaharaa 29th-Jun-2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
This won't happen...but this WC has been so goddamn messy that I will never rule anything out officially lmao.

Thank God Netherlands survived today.
sparkagrace 29th-Jun-2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I was working out the games and I fear that USA might win if everything goes wrong for the other teams.
sweetsunkiss 29th-Jun-2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
I wish he'd tell Graham Zusi to get in my pants.
camillesaens 29th-Jun-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)

title or description
munkykiss 29th-Jun-2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
this guy. i love this gif! lol
fauxkaren 29th-Jun-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)

(also prayer circle for a miracle for Jozy's hamstring)
ishumy 29th-Jun-2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
Well, at least having a positive attitude is good. But ngl, I would laugh my ass off if the USA won against Argentina (that if they win against Belgium first).
chicaintcheap 29th-Jun-2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
ngl I have high hopes for us. Glad to hear they're being so positive.
rarkon 29th-Jun-2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
Awww, i'm sure they will enjoy those two-week vacations there
funhouse 29th-Jun-2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
Is he paying for a holiday for them or something?
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