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2014 World Cup: USA coach Klinsmann confident he has uncovered Ghana's secrets

Published on: 12 June 2014
Klinsmann says he now has an idea on how to defeat Ghana on Monday

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he now has a firm idea on how to defeat Ghana on Monday when the two sides clash in Group G of the World Cup in Brazil after watching the Black Stars.

This comes after after Klinsmann, World Cup advisor Berti Vogts and scout Matthias Hamann watched the Ghanaian side defeat South Korea 4-0 in a pre-World Cup friendly in Miami on Monday.

Ghana has defeated the USA in their two previous appearances at the World Cup and the German coach is confident he has now unlocked the secrets of the Black Stars after the Korea game.

Even though Klinsmann was fairly secretive about what he learned from watching the Black Stars' 4-0 win over South Korea, the German coach is confident he has an idea of how to defeat the Ghanaians

“Obviously a great result for Ghana,” Klinsmann said.

“I wanted to see them myself and get an impression there, and we have that. … We respect every opponent that we play in those group-stage games, and we know about their strengths,

"But we also know about their weaknesses. And we know about our strengths and what we need to improve still, and we’ve been working on that for a month.”

Ghana preceded their decisive win over South Korea with a 1-0 loss to the Netherlands in Rotterdam on May 31 and will not come into Natal as a surprise squad to the Americans, who were eliminated by the Black Stars each of the past two World Cups.

“We feel very confident going into this game against Ghana,” Klinsmann said.

“But we also know what Ghana represents – one of the top nations in Africa, no doubt about it. … But we are eager to challenge them, we are eager to go eye to eye now. And once those [group stage games] are played, then you can make your judgement.”

The USMNT were scheduled to face Belgium in a closed-door scrimmage on Thursday before the match was abruptly cancelled on Wednesday afternoon due to traffic concerns for the Belgian side.

Instead they'll work out two more times at their training facility as the days count down to their opening game.



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  • Jerry says:
    June 13, 2014 04:57 am
    I don't understand what the Ghana fans are so angry about. Klinsmann was very respectful. It's every coach's job to find out the strengths and weaknesses. The last 2 times that the US played Ghana, Ghana 100% deserved to win, and in the last 10 years, those 2 were the biggest defeats for the US because they underestimated Ghana, took them lightly, and lost. And because of those 2 results, Ghana fans think the US is weak. I am convinced Ghana is in for a massive shock. And more than that this US side will shock Americans themselves. This is a very dangerous side, and the Ghana players and coach are aware of that, no matter what the fans say. My honest prediction is 4-0 USA win. They will come at a ferocity that Ghana hasn't seen in a long time, and Ghana, your defence is very suspect.
  • The salt says:
    June 13, 2014 03:06 am
    Empty barrel make most noise'the battle is on the field' no shaking.
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 13, 2014 01:31 am
    The Black Stars win over the USA have been too close, 2006 2-1 and again 2010 2-1. It is time to take them for a larger margin of victory.
  • Stephen Kumaga says:
    June 12, 2014 11:22 pm
    Folks just hold your breath and enjoy yourselves .Ghana will beat US 3-1
  • GHANSON says:
    June 12, 2014 06:55 pm
    I wonder what Klinsmann's explanation will be after Ghana whips Em 5 nil.. He needs to shut up already..He is only making our strikers mad cuz they can choose to score as many as 5 goals. But out of respect for Yankee we will keep it at a mere 3 nil.. bring it on!!!
  • paul addo says:
    June 12, 2014 04:34 pm
    Go black star we love you all make Ghana proud
  • Kofi USA says:
    June 12, 2014 05:31 pm
    Remember Bradley the Egyptian? Just because he had won each qualifier, home and away, prior to facing Ghana. He use to speak this same way. Till Ghana put 6 in his ass. After the game he refused to even shake hands with AA.
  • GH's no1 says:
    June 12, 2014 03:37 pm
    Honestly! This Klinsmann guy is beginning to talking too much..... It comes across as if his sole focus is Ghana... What makes him think Ghana is the easiest target....
  • GH's no1 says:
    June 12, 2014 03:39 pm
  • spellBOUND says:
    June 12, 2014 02:41 pm
    true say. AA, please whatever u do, don't concede first. i've noticed that when we are behind, our defenders start ballooning balls to the strikers in an attempt to get lucky instead of having the calm and composure to maintain possession and break an opponent down...that needs to stop..
  • Zagwa Zatha says:
    June 12, 2014 02:58 pm
    Ghana, you represent all of Africa, you have what it takes to excel, go get them
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  • Assemblyman says:
    June 12, 2014 03:12 pm
    I am very sure you guys miss my provactive comments .all because I speak the truth..USA only came to get their revenge from Ghana.If they crush out after that,they care less about it.At least they got their sweet revenge..They don't respect Ghana because it's just a poor small nation to the arrogant Americans..Ghana also don't respect them because it's not a football nation.Since other sports like the basketball,baseball and nfl are considered a major descipline than soccer..For that regardless how much the Americans have developed in the game.Therefore Ghana think they should beat this soccer made small great nation even on a kenkey park . But looking at how much other teams have really come in preparation-wise..and stil Ghana haven't found their cohesion and actual game plan with a confused coach like Akwasi Appiah.i can only hope Ghana doesn't become the Jamaica of World Cup France 98 in this tournament.I only hope..from a honest man point of view Ghana is lacking so much in many things ..even with great players at Akwasi Appiah disposal.its like giving the right and complete cooking ingredients to a woman who doesn't know how to cook.Regardless how the food is prepared,if there won't be too much or less salt or pepper ,both might be missing completely from the food in the end. I came here to Brazil as a fan two days ago via Italy .Only taking advantage of my holidays to come see how the blackstars will fare in this tournament against the world best. But to avoid expected heartaches and pains here in Brazil..I have a Brizilian MILF secretary friend of mine .Who is hosting my stay here..At least I will get some of the "something" at I have started already to help me deal with broken hearts from our World Cup squad..So my own World Cup is Ghana vs Brazil in this special tournament ..The rest,just a spectator !!
  • shampele says:
    June 12, 2014 02:25 pm
    @SAM exactle that is our problem.considering our past two games with the Netherlands and the Montenegro our defeat was always in the first twenty minute .and after was we play very well and good game.and don't forget he have good mind about our untimely goal keeper in the name of FATAU .god bless GHANA
  • black says:
    June 12, 2014 02:34 pm
    Hey loser selfmade, what's is the meaning of they will score us are u a ghanian???
  • Batty says:
    June 12, 2014 01:51 pm
    Go GH!
  • Alhaji Mohammed -germany says:
    June 12, 2014 02:00 pm
    our big problem now is our defends...i hope and pray that Appiah finds a good solution to that....Otherwise i dont see any reason why USA can defeat Ghana
  • Frederick says:
    June 12, 2014 02:09 pm
    If Micheal Essien is push to the defense, flanked by Jonathan Mensah and John Boye, Klinsmann secret is no more.
  • Union Leader says:
    June 12, 2014 02:12 pm
    Their intentions are clear;score an early go then sit back and defend , then go on occasional counter attacks. I'm scared to death they may succeed looking at our porous defense. And don't forget, Klinsman is 9-2-0 when leading an opponent. That means , since he took over the USMNT , he's undefeated when leading an opponent by half-time. We cannot allow them to score first, 'cos if they do, it will either be a draw for us or a win for them.
  • Emma says:
    June 12, 2014 01:47 pm
    There is no secret actually. He has to say something, as a coach, that's why. Ghana beats USA USA bruises Portugal (forGhana) USA draws with Portugal Germany do whatever....... Ghana goes to the second round of 16
  • Selfmade says:
    June 12, 2014 01:29 pm
    I have the feeling that USA will beat us despite of all what our chief priest KWEKU BONSAM said.
  • A concerned citizen says:
    June 12, 2014 01:22 pm
    All these technical men are not working hard only for U.S.A but for their home country Germany. The only secret he has uncovered is probably how to prevent more goals from entering their net when they loose miserably..
  • sam says:
    June 12, 2014 01:18 pm
    lol...probably he's discovered we are soo disorganized in the first 20mins! so their plan is; score ghana within first 20mins then defend & use counter attack
  • Malkaphil says:
    June 12, 2014 01:17 pm
    Klinsman talks too much, he should tone down because he's going to eat a humble pie
  • spellBOUND says:
    June 12, 2014 01:06 pm
    Klinsi, the only secret you have uncovered is the inevitability of your defeat.