Despite the catastrophic performance of the German national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, former national coach Jürgen Klinsmann is convinced that he will win the title at the 2020 European Championship.
“The golden era is by no means over. But the generation that became world champion in Brazil in 2014 and the young team that won the Confed Cup in 2017 owe answers,” Klinsmann said in an interview with SPORT BILD: “The potential is there, but they have to show backbone. It will be interesting to observe until the European Championship 2020 how capable of suffering, self-critical and hungry the players are. In football terms, the generation has the potential to become European champions. Especially since there is no nation like Spain that controls world football between 2008 and 2012 with an exceptional team and players like Iniesta and Xavi – I don’t count world champion France among them either. In short: Now character strength is needed and not footballing talent. It was a catastrophe not to get beyond the preliminary round group at the World Cup in Russia”.
Klinsmann also takes his successor Joachim Löw to task: “I think it is important and right that Jogi is given the chance to correct his fatal retirement after leading us to the 2014 World Cup triumph. Regardless of his contract extension, which was made before the World Cup. But Jogi is now expected to correct things with pure success. That means: “Minimum to reach the semi-finals at the European Championships”. Check out Marathon Bet for more details.
In addition, the world and European champion sees Germany’s image endangered after the Nazi marches in Chemnitz and AFD poll results of 20 percent. “This is very, very worrying. Here in the USA, too, the pictures are shown, and the big newspapers make this a theme. Because Germany lies in the heart of Europe – and has an unbelievable radiance worldwide. It stands for quality, seriousness, hard work, unbelievable willpower. Building up a country twice after two world wars, which is now the number one country in Europe, has created an unbelievable reputation in the world. That’s why we are an important link between Asia and North America in foreign policy terms.”
The EM 2024 could polish up the German image again. “That’s why it’s a huge stroke of luck for Germany to have received the 2024 European Championship and to set an example like at the 2006 World Cup. Germany, the country that stands for openness, multiculturalism, tolerance, cordiality and hospitality”, Klinsmann said: “The European Championship will be broadcast worldwide, millions of fans will come to Germany for the matches. Football can show that it connects people, as it did in 2006. Germany has shown itself to be more open-minded than ever”.