Mockery or not, U.S. national team head coach Jürgen Klinsmann will face his native country of Germany on Thursday with a spot in the Round of 16 on the line.
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By Ryan Krasnoo
June 26, 2014

So much for solidarity.

With the United States and Germany each needing just a point to advance out of Group G and into the knockout stages, one German tabloid wanted to make something very clear to U.S. men’s national team head coach and native son Jürgen Klinsmann: It’s not going to be easy.

Bild newspaper’s Thursday edition depicts a black-eyed cartoon Klinsmann with the phrase, “Klinsi, today you see stars.”

This will be the second time that Klinsmann has faced Germany as manager of the USMNT, but the first in a competitive setting. In June, 2013, the U.S. defeated Germany 4-3 in Washington, D.C. as part of a celebration for the 100th anniversary of U.S. soccer.

Klinsmann, who scored 47 times for West Germany and Germany from 1987-1998, managed the German national team from 2004-2006 and led them to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup in his home country.

You’d think the Germans would give their former poster boy a little more leeway, but when it comes to supporting Die Mannschaft, all bets are off.

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[Via MLSsoccer.com]

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