30 Jul 2011

Klinsmann named as new US coach

1:46 pm on 30 July 2011

Former German international and coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been named as the new coach of the United States national football team, replacing Bob Bradley, who was sacked on Friday.

Qualification for the 2014 World Cup is his prime mission, the 47-year-old says.

As a player, Klinsmann won the 1990 World Cup and 1996 European Championship, and was also a prolific goalscorer at club level for Stuttgarter Kickers, VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich, and Sampdoria.

He already has experience of coaching at international level, having led his native Germany to third place at the 2006 World Cup on home soil.

However, he was sacked from his last coaching position at Bayern Munich five games before the end of the 2008/09 season, and has not worked in a dugout since, choosing instead to devote time to his role as a partner with a sports marketing consultancy.

Klinsmann is very familiar with the US, though, having moved to California with his American wife after retiring from playing in 1998.