When the U.S. team meets Die Mannschaft at the World Cup in Brazil, both sides will owe a debt to the same football god—Jürgen Klinsmann
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When the U.S. national football team kicks off against Germany in Recife, Brazil, on June 26, it’s likely that the majority of the players on the field for this first-round game in the 2014 World Cup will be German. The American team will feature players such as Jermaine Jones and Fabian Johnson, sons of U.S. servicemen who grew up in Germany and played professionally there. Both speak German as a primary language. And if the play more resembles Germany’s Bundesliga than America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), that will be deliberate too.
That’s because the biggest common denominator between the two teams is Jürgen Klinsmann, the U.S. coach and former German striker, who was in charge of Germany during the 2006 World Cup.