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EXPOSED: USA coach Klinsmann using computer to teach players how to defeat Ghana at World Cup

Published on: 09 June 2014
Kyle Beckerman says they are using computer to defeat Ghana

Players of the United States have been conducting forensic studies of all the Ghana players and the Black Stars formation using computers as they prepare to face the West Africans in their opening match at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

America coach Jurgen Klinsmann has deployed a computer program that analyses how all the 23 Ghana players and each players style in a comprehensive way that shows the player's strength and also exposes his weaknesses.

The hi-tech approach by the Americans is to enable them destroy the Black Stars in the opening Group G match at the tournament in Brazil as the Ghanaian eliminated them in their two previous appearances at the World Cup in 2006 and 2010.

The U.S. will arrive in Brazil on Monday morning and play its opening World Cup match against Ghana on June 16.  As they settle into training camp in Sao Paulo, the Americans are well into their game preparations.

“We have boards up, we know their top players, we know the formation,” midfielder Kyle Beckerman said after his team defeated Nigeria, 2-1, Saturday night in Jacksonville.

“We have the computer (program), with their touches, every player, you can go on and watch them. I’m sure we’ll watch more video as it gets closer. But we know a lot about them.”

The game against Nigeria was a sneak preview of what to expect against Ghana, given the similar playing styles.

Both African teams have dangerous attacking players and speed but are prone to defensive lapses.

Presumably the starting line-up will remain the same. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann veered from previous line-ups against Nigeria by starting Jermaine Jones and Beckerman in the middle.

In the past, it’s been either Jones or Beckerman alongside Michael Bradley. Alejandro Bedoya remained wide as Graham Zusi came off the bench.

Klinsmann said that Beckerman’s specialty is to protect and cover his teammates on defense and his presence gave Jones the freedom to go forward. “Kyle is there always. He’s there when you need him,” Jones said.

“It was all about watching each other’s backs,” Beckerman said. “If we can keep working on it, we can get better at it. (Jones) has such a motor, he’s so powerful, he likes to drive and get into the attack, so if I have to sit in there and watch his back it’s all good, I’m all for it. We can play together, sounds good.”

To advance beyond the opening round, the Americans have to go through Ghana, which has knocked the Americans out of the previous two World Cups.

Klinsmann has even gone as far as calling it a knock-out game since powerhouses Portugal and Germany follow.

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  • candler says:
    June 09, 2014 05:51 pm
    its actually very cool to see uncle sam frustrated
  • Oswen says:
    June 09, 2014 05:32 pm
    Na waa oooo........ It getting more interesting.MInd games all over.But remember football is played on the pitch. Moreover we can not afford to flop in the opening match of this tough group. NO... ...NO! "Mmmbanor" Impossible.We will beat them squarely again come what may.They can run but they can not hide.The gallant Black Stars will shine again with or without their so called computer studies.FANTASTIC BLACK STARS. We are solidly behind yuo GO GHANA.....................
  • Franklin healer says:
    June 09, 2014 07:46 am
    Chariots and horses have prepared for battle but the Lord is in control,computer or not computer gh will defeat usa by all means.
  • wee ba says:
    June 09, 2014 07:30 am
    America will sink
  • Emmanuel says:
    June 09, 2014 07:24 am
    We are also preparing THE game in THE pot .we Will Cook them one by one in à pot. Hahaha!
  • beautiful says:
    June 09, 2014 07:12 am
    computers can get viruses. that's what we hope for(viruses to confuse them). football is played n the ground not on the pc
  • Adebayo says:
    June 09, 2014 07:12 am
    Exposed? Is it criminal? Every coach worth the name prepares for specific matches exactly in this manner-analyzing videos of the opponents and preparing the antidotes! I guess AA has been doing the same with the Ghana team. The difference is made from the ability to think on your feet and make adjustments when you get to know that your opponents have your game plan! The quality of individual players can also make the difference in a match!
  • Nii Gatuso says:
    June 09, 2014 07:15 am
    Wonders will never end ?Why Klinsmann do u think we are playing Fifapro 2014 here, pls we need pratical not theory and in soccer praticals are done on field so if u hav score Naija fine but remember, pls we aren't Nigeria we are Ghanaians
  • Speed says:
    June 09, 2014 07:18 am
    Poor USA.. Having nightmares all because of Ghana... :( they are using everything as if this is some iraqi War. They borrow information from former US coach to computers to scouts to trying to seeking info from Nigerian coach on how to defeat Black Stars..etc. No matter what preparations you do, Ghana will beat you over and over and over and over again! Black Stars forever remains Powerful. Watch out for the younger ones if you think Muntari, Essien and Gyan are our only key players. The likes of Atsu, Badu, Wakasu n co are even hungrier than any other.
  • Viper says:
    June 09, 2014 07:20 am
    When Sulley Ali Muntari unleashes that 200mph shot,they should come and tell us how much blood flowed into his left leg,nkwasiasem akwa.Science like Religion plays no part in sports unless of course,you are taking some performance enhancing drug. "The game against Nigeria is a sneak preview of what to against Ghana,the similar playing style" Thats one funny statement because Ghana and Nigeria do not have the same playing style. They know our tactics?Lol,another funny statement because all this while,people here believe coach AA has no tactics but it seems the Americans have figured it out.So our coach our coach has a game plan after all.
  • Milky says:
    June 09, 2014 07:24 am
    Oh boy I cant wait to see this game. Also who told them Nigeria plays like Ghana? Ghana is faster and more forceful than Nigeria upfront. Ghana also has more skillful and talented players upfront. If tthe US thinks they will sit back and soak up the pressure then they should be ready for some real pressure. They will cause penalties that way. Ghana plays long balls and uses her speed and skill to get them. I rewatched the Ghana Holland game again today and I saw something which I didnt see before - Whenever Holland is on the counter Ghana always had about 4 guys against Holland's 3 coming. I think that game was a very technical game. When I watch the US, they dont have any striker with the level of skill and athleticism as Robin whom caused Ghana a lot of problem. America's back line will have lots of problem with players like Warris, Astu, Dede and both Asamoahs. If they try to sit back and defense, Ghana will score a goal in the first 15 minutes. Mark my words.
  • access says:
    June 09, 2014 07:01 am
    The game will be play on the pitch not not on computer..
  • Oswen says:
    June 09, 2014 05:31 pm
    Na waa oooo........ It getting more interesting.MInd games all over.But remember football is played on the pitch. Moreover we can not afford to flop in the opening match of this tough group. NO... ...NO! "Mmmbanor" Impossible.We will beat them squarely again come what may.They can run but they can not hide.The gallant Black Stars will shine again with or without their so called computer studies.FANTASTIC BLACK STARS GO GHANA.....................
  • edem says:
    June 09, 2014 02:49 pm
    Sorry to solicit here but it's a bit of a last minute thing. If you or anyone you know is still searching for tickets to Ghana matches, i am selling 2 pairs category 1 tickets to all of Ghana's matches here on ebay below face value. 2 of my friends from USA can no longer attend, so you get it for cheap. Alternatively you can email me at [email protected], would prefer to sell it to Ghanaian fans. I can also help you figure out how to do the world cup 3 matches, accomodations, all transportation,food and booze for less than $2000 USD before your flight into the country. This will be my 3rd world cup.
  • KS says:
    June 09, 2014 03:14 pm
    Your statement would hold true if we were playing Germany and lost to them in our opener but we are playing the US. If we loose to them dont count on us getting out of the group stage cos we coming home. Your analysis if flawed because you not factoring in the fact that we play very good teams in out opening matches like Italy, who eventually won the title in 06. This time its different and we must win against the US to have hope of coming out of the group.
  • John Ablordeppey says:
    June 09, 2014 01:56 pm
    It is funny. Well, the ground will talk. Ghana is not nigeria OOOOOOOOOOO. ghanaians play a different type of football. welcome to brazil.
  • keith from germany says:
    June 09, 2014 12:57 pm
    @ selfmade u forgot ghana won its 2010 wc first match against serbia so there is no cause for alarm
  • selfmade says:
    June 09, 2014 01:21 pm
    Keith... Bro,we won our first match in south Africa and drew against ten man Australia! Did the Serbia win affected our focus for the second match? Ams just asking mate! Majority carries the vote and we have lost or draw more than we have won hence we have to be very careful! We are slow starters in TOURANMENT and we can't be late or slow against the yanks in Brazil because we are in a tough group!
  • Benito says:
    June 09, 2014 12:44 pm
    Americans are always scaring people.the this notion that Americans don't have secrets and that's very true,the always brag then at last they are found wanting..all these computer stuff will be over after next week Monday,we can't wait to beat again.
  • Stephen asare says:
    June 09, 2014 10:12 am
    US team talks alot, beaten nigeria so what. Check .... When was the last time nigeria beat ghana. Obviously we are a better side ..... With our speed pace, skills and spirit. We wld score them
  • Afranie Halifax. says:
    June 09, 2014 10:18 am
    Never, we will beat them again but it will not be easy.
  • Nii from Ghana says:
    June 09, 2014 10:29 am
    you have said it all keith, Ghana will beat USA 2:1
  • nana says:
    June 09, 2014 11:50 am
    Does computer play football? Usa beware for we are coming after you.
  • selfmade says:
    June 09, 2014 12:03 pm
    Have to be careful because this US team can SCORE GOALS! They are not naive and goal shy no more! We should tone down our expectations because OPENING MATCHES ARE DIFFICULT and Ghana always STRUGGLED IN FIRST MATCHES in most of our major touranments! All our opening matches in recent tournaments has been very bad and poor! In CAN 08, we struggled before we could overcome guinea in Accra! In angola, I.coast THRASHED US in our first match! In Germany 06, we lost our opening match to Italy! Prior to the Germany 06, we lost our opening match to Nigeria coustey of taiwo freekicks! In afcon 2012, we struggled SHOCKINGLY AGAINST BOTSWANA in our opening match and even one man down against this poor team! Finally in recent afcon in south Africa, the tradition was continued when SURRENDERED A HEALTHY TWO GOAL LEAD to Dr Congo and we were completely dominated by the this mazembe squad! Our opening matches has been pathetic to say the least and we have to tone down our expectations because bs has that history!
  • Kojo says:
    June 09, 2014 12:28 pm
    Ghana beware, the USA against Nigeria showed how good they are. For coach Appiah to say he is not interested in a result but how the team respond to his tactics. If a tactic does not result in a WIN how do you know it is effective??? Klinsman's tactics has give all WINS for the USA - - it means they are effective!!! Not sure coach Appiah is ready for the World stage?? Still I wish Ghana all the best
  • JNR says:
    June 09, 2014 08:57 am
    USA's computer says "ERROR ERROR" SMH
  • edem says:
    June 09, 2014 02:40 pm
    Computer systems have come a long way people. It may be time for us to accept that it gives teams an advantage. One teams is saying they don't believe in tactics, while the other is saying they know all of our tactics, weaknesses and strengths. Lots of mind games happening. The fact remains, as prepared as the USMT will be, we are more talented so all things being equal, if we play our best "team game" we should win. JK has combed the world for Americans & 1/2 American playing in Europe and is fielding a tough team. Black stars need to move the ball around the 4-4-2 diamond that the US plays to be successful, if we take on players one on one or play the long ball we will be lucky to get out with a tie or a win.
  • keith from germany says:
    June 09, 2014 07:27 am
    Jürgen klinsmann is known for such kind of coaching methods always using computer for his coaching. He came to bayern münchen in 2008 and flopped totally because he wanted to change a lot of things which wasnt supposed to be changed. Even the current German national team captain philip lahm said it in his biagraphy that klinsman is only good at motivating players to get the best out of them but tactically wise he is not all that. if u guys take a close look at his bench he has a lot of technical assistant in the persons of former austrian international and legend andreas herzog and former german national team coach Berti Vogts. These two are technically and Tactically sound. Even during his team as national team coach of germany,he then assistant and current German national team coach joachim löw was the one doing the wonders in terms of tactics and game approach and klinsi,as he is called here in germany,was more of a motivator. with or without computer The ghana boys will score the yanks. normally im a forumite who dont like predicting,but from what i have seen from the USMNT,there is no need tp be scared.
  • Ghanaba says:
    June 09, 2014 09:44 am
    Say it again my brother. That is Ghana soccer net for you. Their caption is always deceptive. EXPOSED my foot.