Klins­mann ex­pect­ing Ger­man pro­gres­sion

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Ger­many have never been so well pre­pared to win the FIFA World Cup, ac­cord­ing to for­mer coaches Jur­gen Klins­mann and Berti Vogts, who are now work­ing with ri­vals the United States. Vogts told the daily Bild in an in­ter­view pub­lished yes­ter­day that the Ger­man na­tional team “have never been so pam­pered” by the Ger­man fed­er­a­tion.

Vogts, who won the World Cup as a player in 1974 and was coach when Ger­many won the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in 1996, said Ger­many cur­rently have a “su­per” team and have “never had so many play­ers so well pre­pared tech­ni­cally and tac­ti­cally”.

Vogts is tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor to Klins­mann, who has been the US na­tional coach since 2011. The United States will be in the same Group G as Joachim Loew’s Ger­many, Por­tu­gal and Ghana at the fi­nals in Brazil.

Klins­mann told Bild that he and Vogts still hoped that Ger­many win the ti­tle, but added: “Of course we want to beat Ger­many to pull off a sen­sa­tion. But we think they will al­ready be qual­i­fied be­fore our meet­ing in the last match of the group.

“Berti’s gen­er­a­tion won the cup in 1974 and mine in 1990. The cur­rent gen­er­a­tion must fol­low on,” Klins­mann said. Ger­many will start their cam­paign against Por­tu­gal in Sal­vador on 16 June be­fore fac­ing Ghana in For­taleza on 21 June and the United States in Re­cife on 26 June.

Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger of Ger­many cel­e­brates scor­ing Ger­many’s open­ing goal dur­ing the UEFA EURO 2008 Semi Fi­nal match be­tween Ger­many and Turkey at St. Jakob-Park.

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