Germany’s Klinsmann ponders US citizenship

Updated 25 November 2012
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Germany’s Klinsmann ponders US citizenship

BERLIN: USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is considering taking American citizenship despite having played in West Germany’s 1990 World Cup-winning team and later coaching the German national side, he has admitted.
The 48-year-old, who has trained the US team since July 2011, lives with his family in Huntington Beach, California, and says he enjoys life Stateside.
“It is quite possible that in the future I will take American citizenship,” he told German daily Bild. “I need to have plenty of time for it, it’s a lengthy process.” But Klinsmann, coach of the Germany side, which finished third in the 2006 World Cup, said his true home was still Stuttgart.
His USA team will host the German national team in Washington DC next June 2 as part of Germany’s two-match tour.
“I’m really looking forward to that, I’ll be able to see everyone again,” he said.
“And we can show Germany what we have achieved with football in the USA.” Klinsmann made 108 appearances for Germany, scoring 48 goals in the process, between 1987 and 1998.
“Football here may have caught up with other sports, but it is not the top sport here and I can still live here relatively anonymously,” he said.


World Cup live: Saudi Arabia v. Uruguay

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World Cup live: Saudi Arabia v. Uruguay

6:08PM: A much brighter start from Saudi Arabia in this game than against Russia, the fans are hopeful of a better Green Falcons showing too...

 

6:00PM: We're under way - Saudi Arabia must improve from that Russia game, let's see how the fare early on...

5:50PM: All smiles from Saudi players before the game...they're on their way out now in this crucial game, kick-off just a few minutes away...

5.45PM: Saudi Arabia Starting XI: Al-Owais, Al-Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Al Bulaihi, Al-Shahrani, Bahbir, Al-Faraj, Otayf, Al-Jassam, Al Dawsari, Al-Muwallad.

Saudi Arabia make four changes after their 5-0 opening-night hammering against Russia.

Goalkeeper Abdullah Almuaiouf is left out, meaning Mohammed Al-Owais comes in. Elsewhere, Ali Albulayhi starts in the back four, while Hatan Bahbri moves into midfield and Fahad Almuwallad is in to lead the attack.

Pizzi spoke of his "feeling of shame" in the wake of their Russian nightmare. Expect Saudi Arabia to come out with all guns blazing...

5.40PMUruguay Starting XI: Muslera, Varela, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres, Sanchez, Vecino, Bentancur, Rodriguez, Suarez, Cavani.

5.30PM: Just last Thursday, Saudi Arabia were thrashed by Russia. Now in the way of the Green Falcons is Uruguay - who boast one of the most fearsome frontlines in world football in Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez. Everyone believes Uruguay will win, there's no pressure on Juan Antonio Pizzi's men. Can they cause a monumental upset? Join us, to find out...