Klinsmann: “We can not win this World Cup” — Me: “Why are you the coach then?”

June 05, 2014 | Drew Forrester

I’m sure someone will say, “That’s the way the German mind works.”

If so, I’ll pass on the German mindset.

I had several German players on the Blast roster back in the 1980’s and I’ll admit they had a very different “look” at things.  They were always very quiet.  Always very “down”.  Always locked in on the philosophy of “Don’t get too high when things are going well and you won’t get too low when they aren’t.”

I’ll admit some of those thoughts aren’t all that bad in sports, particularly the latter one.  It worked well for me over my amateur golf “career”, if you will, where you need to keep yourself on an even keel as much as you can.  Two birdies can easily be offset by one bad swing and a double bogey, so it’s better “not to get too high” so you won’t “get too low” when things balance themselves out.

That said, there’s absolutely no reason at all for Jurgen Klinsmann to tell a group of reporters yesterday, “We can’t win this World Cup.”

It’s defeating.

It’s dumb.

And, frankly, it’s NOT the American Way, where we learn from an early age that anything is possible.

Anything is possible if you BELIEVE it’s possible.

I can’t imagine for one second gathering my group of golfers at Calvert Hall and telling them before the season “we can’t win the MIAA championship this year.”  Instead, I’d tell them the exact opposite.

“We can win it all.  Of course we can.  We just have to play well.  Have faith in God.  Have faith in your abilities.  Have faith that your hard work is going to pay off.”

Now, maybe Klinsmann is sly like a fox — and some across the country have written that in the wake of what he wrote yesterday — but I don’t believe he was in “ploy mode” on Wednesday.

While he was busy taking a crap on Kobe Bryant and his $50 million contract, he also dove-tailed that comment into a moment of honest reflection when he said, “We can’t win this World Cup.”

Even if he believes that in his heart, he shouldn’t say it.  A great coach wouldn’t say it, that’s for damn sure.  There’s not a coach in the NFL who would EVER, EVER, EVER stand up at the microphone on Wednesday and say, “Frankly, there’s just no way we can beat the Patriots this Sunday.”

Klinsmann is still busy trying to protect himself from the idiotic decision to leave Landon Donovan off the roster for next week’s World Cup in Brazil.   We can all see, now, what he’s doing.  By saying, “We can’t win”, he’s essentially telling everyone, “Out with the old, in with the new.”  Meanwhile he has an 18-year old kid on the team, Julian Green, who is about as ready for this level of soccer as your mailman.

I’ve liked the job Klinsmann has done with this team, in general.  They are much more dangerous offensively — his strength in teaching, of course — and are no longer a one-sided group on the field.  Now, the defensive players can attack with the same vigor as those who are paid to go forward, and the offensive group are more helpful in the back when called upon.

That said, I will never, ever subscribe to the theory that a professional coach tells the masses, “We can’t win.”

Herb Brooks sure as hell didn’t say that to the U.S. Hockey team in 1980 at Lake Placid, did he?

Maybe Jurgen Klinsmann is right.  Maybe he can’t win a World Cup with “this” team.

Perhaps someone should remind the coach he’s the one who picked the team in the first place.


8 Comments For This Post

  1. BmoreB Says:

    Two soccer posts in one week ? Come on man ! (DF: Yeah, that World Cup thing next week should just be ignored. You guys crack me up…)

  2. Ethan Stewart Says:

    It’s a European tactic. Jose Mourinho at Chelsea has done this before in an attempt to deflect pressure off of his players and onto him.

  3. Hixxey Says:

    Yilmaz….So, I guess Sam’s Army will have to implement a new chant for trip to Brazil.
    …………………..”I Believe That We Can’t Win…I Believe That We Can’t Win !!

  4. Jason Manelli Says:

    Seems like he’s doing everything possible to make sure the spotlight is on him and not the team. I guess he joins the rest of the world in penciling us in as early victims of the Group of Death with conventional thinking being that Portugal and Germany will advance.

    I hope Jurgen knows what he’s doing. Frankly I have been impressed with US soccer in the last two Cups under Arena and Bradley. We were more than respectable, advancing to the round of 16 in 2010 and by all rights we should not be walking around Rio with our shoulders slumped.

    We should send Billick down there to give the Lions Den pre-game speech.

  5. BmoreB Says:

    BmoreB Says:
    June 5th, 2014 at 8:57 am
    Two soccer posts in one week ? Come on man ! (DF: Yeah, that World Cup thing next week should just be ignored. You guys crack me up…)

    Just one guy here and apparently it’s being ignored by most in Baltimore, except for one other guy of course:)

  6. tsnamm Says:

    I have German family and friends who tell me Klinsmann did the same thing before with the German National team when he ran that; in respect to the youth movement…he never had a player on the roster over 25 years old & his philosophy is conditioning, conditioning, conditioning…he had his teams run the opponets ragged and get behind them constantly, and attack the goal, and in his opinion old players are not capable of soing that…considering how many questions he had to answer about why Donovan isn’t on the roster at that press conference, maybe he just let one go…I’ll hold off judgement to see if his way of doing things gets results.

  7. Eddie Says:

    Who is this Jurgen guy ? “the American Way ” , that’s a good one Drew . His the Coach because his Prob. getting paid ..

  8. Dan Says:

    Does Kenya have a team ? , or Samolia , I bet we could beat those guys .

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