U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann will coach the team through the 2014 World Cup. Following the tournament though, his contract ends. Klinsmann has been a good coach for the USMNT and has them currently ranked 13th in the World. Other nations have taken notice as well.
Switzerland’s coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will retire following the World Cup and they’ll be looking for a new coach. There are reports from Switzerland suggesting that Klinsmann has joined the list of candidates to follow in his footsteps.
There is no reason to think Switzerland wouldn’t reach out to Klinsmann, but it could be nothing more than that. Klinsmann has repeatedly expressed his love of the United States and desire to officially become an American citizen.
“Once I have time for all the paperwork, I will attack it,” Klinsmann said, via ESPN FC. “I’ve been living here for 15 years, I would like to elect the president. I need the U.S. citizenship for it,” he said. “For me it’s only a formality. I feel great here, but will keep my German citizenship as well.”
He has also built a system in America that has soccer developing and he said he was pleased with it. Klinsmann even compared it to his time as coach of the German team.
“I am highly pleased,” Klinsmann said. “A lot of things in U.S. football are developing positively. Not only the national team, but also the youth department and the training conditions.”
“The information is now passed down from the top to the youngest youth teams — that did not exist before,” he said.
“On top of that we have loads of ties with the MLS and with the Mexican League and furthermore a worldwide network with a chief scout for Europe. We recruit players with US passports from all over the world.
“It’s just like with Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira or Jerome Boateng, who opted for Germany. That’s how we advertise too.”