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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Beyond The Pitch-Jurgen Klinsmann: Translating a Career of Emotions

Former German soccer star Juergen Klinsmann (R) stands with U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati after Klinsmann was named as the new Head Coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team at a news conference in New York,  August 1, 2011.
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Sunil Gulati, President of US Soccer and Jurgen Klinsmann.

In many ways, the new US men's national team manager, Jurgen Klinsmann, has a role never entrusted to any of his predecessors.

He must not only inspire and develop a next generation of footballers who have largely punched above their weight for several World Cup cycles, but also translate the tactics, thought process and raw emotions from his extensive playing career to players who did not grow up in a culture consumed by the very sport he is now charged with inspiring.

Many players coming through US Soccer today have only seen Klinsmann, who retired in 1998, on YouTube videos and found their inspiration in far different ways than he did.


Please read my full commentary at Beyond The Pitch.

Steve Amoia is a freelance writer, book reviewer and translator from Washington, D.C. He is the founder of World Football Commentaries. He has written and translated for AC Cugini Scuola Calcio (Italian soccer school), Beyond The Pitch, Football Media, Italian Soccer Serie A, Keeper Skool, Serie A Weekly and Soccerlens. You can follow Steve @worldfootballcm on Twitter.


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