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2014 World Cup: Ghana's opponents USA hire German coach Berti Vogts to be Klinsmann's special advisor

Published on: 31 March 2014
Berti Vogts will be Klinsmann's special advisor at the World Cup

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed former World Cup winner Berti Vogts to be a Special Advisor to the U.S. Men’s National Team from now through the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

A part of the Germany team that won the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Vogts brings a tremendous track record of success to the National Team.

Having coached the squad to the 1996 European Championship – on which Klinsmann was a player – he is the last head coach to lead Germany to a trophy.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Berti join us as an advisor,” said Klinsmann.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both as a player and a coach, and he knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. He was my coach for Germany in the 1990s and we have a great relationship.

"Through his time as the head coach of Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan, he is obviously very familiar with our opponents in the group stage of the World Cup, and for us this is a huge bonus.”

In his role as Special Advisor, Vogts will aid in the development of training plans, help prepare scouting reports, and travel to observe matches of the USA’s opponents in the lead-up to the tournament and in Brazil.

Along with the announcement of Vogts, Klinsmann has added U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos to the coaching staff and is transitioning Martin Vasquez to other responsibilities within U.S. Soccer.

“As we move toward the World Cup, we are shifting some responsibilities within the technical staff that we believe will put individuals in areas of strength and provide us with the best opportunity to be successful,” said Klinsmann.

Vogts earned 96 caps for Germany, playing a total of 19 matches spanning three World Cups. Nicknamed “Der Terrier,” he famously marked Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in the 1974 World Cup final that Germany won 2-1 in Munich. He served as team captain from 1977-79, taking over for Franz Beckenbauer.

During a 14-year professional career in which he was twice named Germany Footballer of the Year, Vogts was an integral part of the Borussia Moenchengladbach squad that won five Bundesliga titles (1969-70, 1970-71, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77) and two UEFA Cups (1974-75, 1978-79).

Vogts coached Germany from 1990-98, compiling a record of 66-12-24. In addition to the title in 1996, he had a second-place finish in the 1992 European Championship and led Germany to the quarterfinals in consecutive World Cups in 1994 and 1998.

Having coached the national teams of Scotland (2002-04) and Nigeria (2007-08), he has served as the manager for Azerbaijan since April of 2008 and will continue in that role.

There were talks that Ghana was eyeing a similar role for Milovan Rajevac but that has not materialised.

Do you think Ghana needs a special advisor for coach Appiah at the World Cup? If yes who do think the person should be? Make your views known in the box below:


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • jibrin Mohammed Muntaka says:
    March 31, 2014 09:27 pm
    I keep saying that what we need at this stage. Is for d coach AA to have self confidence and belief in himself.we don't need a whiteman we need a motivated squad.why don't u hire a whiteman for for Selas Tetteh?Next time AA talks about a whiteman,simply replace him with Maxwel Konadu and you will see action.Black Stars go on go on to victory n fear no foe.Just die a little for mother Ghana.The whole nation is wit u in spirit
  • naija says:
    April 01, 2014 05:44 am
    U defeated us,but we are. Still the african champions get tht into ur brain ghana man
  • nanao says:
    March 31, 2014 10:55 am
    Why not think about Ghana hiring Abedi Pele or Maseile Desaily or the Ghanaian Coach who invented the Multisystem.
  • zoso says:
    March 31, 2014 01:26 pm
    You pay for what you get, coaches have ego and they want to be called; the best of the best. coach José Mouriho is my choice. We have the talent footballers so let's use the best coach or adviser. This is not about white man it is about getting the best adviser the money can buy. Kwame Nkrumah thought us to use the best we can for best advise. English team buy's coaches from Italy. Spain and many other countries. Kwasi Appiah can also learn a great skill. akwasi Appiah will still be the coach but will have JOSE MOURIHO ON his side.
  • cool-usa says:
    March 31, 2014 01:38 pm
    I don't care how good Appiah is we still need to beef up and strengthen our technical bench. Whether is a white man it does not matter at this point. Appiah, will be going against world class coaches. A word to the wise is enough.
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 31, 2014 12:36 pm
    The same Keshi our assistant coach defeated in CHAN?? Stupid Nigerian Fool calling himself Ghana...
  • ghana says:
    March 31, 2014 06:41 am
    I think ghana. Shud higher stephen keshi