USMNT appoints former German World Cup winner as technical advisor

Friday March 27th, 2015

The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team has appointed former West Germany player and longtime manager Berti Vogts as a technical advisor, it announced in a release. 

Vogts, who was previously an advisor to USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will oversee the development of players in Europe and will serve as a scout and talent identifier, the release said. 

The 67-year-old earned the nickname "Der Terrier" during his playing days with West Germany. He was on the winning team in the 1974 World Cup. 

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Vogts has managed the German, Kuwaiti, Scottish and Nigerian national teams. Most recently, Vogts coached the Azerbaijan Men's National Soccer Team from 2008 until 2014. He stepped down as the Azerbaijan coach in 2014. 

“We had a fantastic experience with Berti during the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” Klinsmann said in the release. Vogts was appointed a special advisor to Klinsmann in advance of the 2014 World Cup. 

“His knowledge and experience is a tremendous asset for us. With Andi Herzog having a big focus on qualifying the U-23 team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Berti will make an even more important contribution,” Klinsmann said.

- Will Green

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