Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Vogts has nothing special planned
by Paul Kennedy, May 25th, 2014 5:57PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  men's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[USA-AZERBAIJAN] Azerbaijan, the USA's first sparring partner in its three-game series of World Cup warmup matches, will provide a yardstick for what lies ahead as it has faced two of the USA's three World Cup opponents in the last two qualifying cycles. It also happens to be coached by Berti Vogts, recently hired by Jurgen Klinsmann as a special advisor for the Brazil 2014 campaign.

Azerbaijan, which has been training in the Bay Area ahead of Tuesday's game at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, finished fourth in its group for World Cup 2014 qualifying behind Russia, Portugal and Israel but ahead of Northern Ireland and Luxembourg. Portugal, which will face the USA June 22 in Manaus, beat Azerbaijan in their two meetings 2-0 and 3-0.

Azerbaijan played Germany, which faces the USA June 26 in Recife, in Euro 2012 qualifying and also lost both games, 6-1 and 3-1.

Azerbaijan's strength is its defense as it only conceded 11 goals in 10 World Cup 2014 qualifiers. Besides the Portugal away game -- a 3-0 loss -- Vogts' team never conceded more than one goal on the road.

Azerbaijan's defensive resilience should come as no surprise as Vogts is one of Germany's all-time great backs, having started on the 1974 World Cup championship team. He has just completed his third two-year term as Azerbaijan's head coach.

Klinsmann and Vogts go back to Vogts' eight-year tenure as German national team coach. Vogts was the head coach when Germany won its last title, the Euro 1996 championship, but he was also the head coach when Germany failed to get past the quarterfinals at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, which Klinsmann says "we screwed up."

Vogts, who later recommended Klinsmann for the German World Cup 2006 coaching job, the first coaching job of Klinsmann's career, said the U.S. coach did not ask that Azerbaijan do anything special tactically in Tuesday's game.

Following Tuesday's game, Vogts will get down to work of scouting the USA's opponents. He says Ghana will pose a tough test in the opener. "The striker and the midfielders are very, very good," he told reporters on Sunday. "They're quick. They are physical."

Azerbaijan Roster:
Goalkeepers:
Kamran Aghayev (Gabala)
Salahat Aghayev (Inter)
Emil Balayev (Araz-Nakhchivan)
Defenders:
Rashad Sadygov (Garabag)
Badavi Huseynov (Garabag)
Rasim Ramaldanov (Khazar Lankaran)
Elvin Yunuszada (Neftchi)
Shahriyar Aliyev (Baki)
Mahir Shukurov (Neftchi)
Maksim Medvedev (Garabag)
Ilkin Girtimov (Simurg)
Rahid Amirguliyev (Khazar Lankaran)
Midfielders:
Ruslan Abishov (Rubin Kazan/RUS)
Gara Garayev (Garabag)
Abdulla Abasiyev (Inter)
Araz Abdullayev (Neftchi)
Forwards:
Vagif Javadov (Inter)
Rauf Aliyev (Baki)
Jihan Ozkara (Sivasspor, TUR)
Rufat Dadashov (Kaiserslautern II, GER)
Dmitri Nazarov (Karlsruhe, GER)


1 comment
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: May 26, 2014 at 9:27 a.m.
    this game is going to be another running exercise. Win or lose, there is nothing to be excited about.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Report: Frisco favorite for Hall of Fame site    
The late Lamar Hunt settled on Frisco, Texas, as the home for his MLS team, FC ...
MLS's new gold standard    
Heading into the final two months of the MLS regular season, D.C. United leads the Eastern ...
Giovinco out of Italy's Euro 2016 qualifiers    
Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco's return to the Italian national team after an absence of almost ...
What They're Saying: Mesut Ozil    
"Basti showed the entire world what kind of a leader he is at the World Cup. ...
Spector recalled for first time in 18 months    
Short on outside backs, U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called veteran defender Jonathan ...
What They're Saying: Brad Guzan    
"You always have someone either pushing you, or you're pushing someone else. That's the nature of ...
New York City FC gets Nemec off its books    
Slovakian Adam Nemec, the symbol of New York City FC's troubled season, is gone. The club ...
Making a List: European Summer Transfers, U.S. Abroad    
The European transfer market closed with little summer activity among Americans. Only a handful of Americans ...
Video Pick: Five fabulous misses from the Bundesliga    
Schadenfreude from the folks Bundesliga, who compiled the "best" squandered chances to score easy goals from ...
DeAndre Yedlin loaned to Sunderland     
American defender DeAndre Yedlin, who last January left the Seattle Sounders for Tottenham Hotspur, has moved ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives