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Klinsmann sees hope against Germany

Klinsmann sees hope against Germany

Posted by Liliana Castaño on June 25, 2014

There is more than a bit of Derek Jeter in Jurgen Klinsmann. It just seems sometimes as if he is one of those blessed individuals who can do no wrong, even when he does do wrong. He therefore views any dire circumstance as a mere, transient hurdle and an inevitable triumph.

It hasn’t always worked out that way for him. Klinsmann was dumped as manager from Bayern Munich, and his German national team was knocked out in the semifinals of a home World Cup in 2006. That inexplicably didn’t hurt his image one iota in Berlin. Even though Germany had reached the final in 2002, he was somehow feted as a great success by very demanding fans.

So now comes another one of these moments when a lot could go wrong, in what should be a very awkward situation. Klinsmann probably needs a win or a draw Thursday in Recife against his old team Germany, his former assistant Joachim Low, his former striker Miroslav Klose and his former staff members.

Instead of dreading such a meeting, however, Klinsmann appears sincerely buoyed by the opportunity.

“It’s something that doesn’t happen every year, or again in a lifetime,” Klinsmann said. “You try to enjoy the moment. I’m looking forward to seeing the players, the staff that is pretty much same as I left it. It’s going to be emotional, no doubt about it. But I’m going to enjoy it. I will give them big hugs before the game then leave it aside.”

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