Klinsmann: Unrealistic For US To Expect Title

Jurgen Klinsmann maintains the United States shouldn’t be expected to winicon1 Klinsmann: Unrealistic For US To Expect Title the World Cup, even if that stance is upsetting to some fans back home.

“If it’s now American or not American, I don’t know. You can correct me however you want,” the U.S. coach said Wednesday in his first news conference after arriving at the World Cup.

Klinsmann won the 1990 World Cup as a player for West Germany and coached Germany to the 2006 semifinals. He caused a stir last weekend when he was quoted by The New York Times Magazine as saying in a December interview “we cannot win this World Cup, because we are not at that level yet.”

The U.S. opens Monday against Ghana, then playsicon1 Klinsmann: Unrealistic For US To Expect Title Portugal and Germany in one of the more difficult first-round groups.

Only eight nations have won the World Cup: Brazil (five titles), Italy (four), Germany (three), Argentina and Uruguay (two each), and England, France and Spain (one apiece).

“I think for us now, talking about winning a World Cup is just not realistic,” Klinsmann said Wednesday. “First we’ve got to make it through the group. So let’s stay with our feeticon1 Klinsmann: Unrealistic For US To Expect Title on the ground and say let’s get that group first done, and then the sky is the limit. But a half a year before and even today before the World Cup starts, to say that we should win the World Cup is just not realistic.”

Updated June 11, 2014

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