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What They're Saying: Felix Magath
July 5th, 2014 5:55PM

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“Now comes a mediocre player with a plaintive interview and false claims, and denounces the work of the coach. The player Landon Donovan, at Bayern, was once considered unsuitable for the second team. I find such behavior unspeakable, unworthy of an international player."

-- Longtime German coach Felix Magath, now the Fulham manager, on remarks Donovan made saying he thought, tactically, the USA was not set up to succeed at the World Cup. Magath suggested players who were cut from their national team should do anything in their power to get back into the team and "not announce their wounded vanity with verbal attacks." (Facebook)


14 comments
  1. Paul Estrada
    commented on: July 5, 2014 at 11:37 p.m.
    Ouchie!

  1. Mark Hardt
    commented on: July 6, 2014 at 8:43 a.m.
    He is right. Donovan has handled this badly and potentially hurt his legacy. He wants to play in the Olympics as Beckham did but what coach wants to touch him now. He should finish out with the Galaxy and maybe play a year in Miami then retire to become a TV pundit throwing out incendiary tirades like Jim Rome for big money.

  1. Joey Tremone
    commented on: July 6, 2014 at 9:04 a.m.
    Err, no, Felix Magath is a hypocrite. Maybe he could concentrate on his own relegation, and not speak on issues that have nothing to do with him.

  1. futbolisimo, futbolisimo
    commented on: July 6, 2014 at 9:23 a.m.
    Ahhhh... looks like someone's trying to ignite his next coaching move into the USSF's ranks alongside his compatriot Klinsmann. Felix "Saddam" Magrath, as players have referred to him, has U.S. roots with a Puerto Rican father. Note that he doesn't say Donovan has become a "mediocre" player; he implies Donovan has always been a "mediocre" player. I guess those 57 goals for the U.S. (5 over the course of three W. Cups) don't amount to anything. Nor do his spectacular stints at Everton or all his thoughtful and inventive play in MLS. Shame too on lazy and unimaginative American "fans" who chime in with this shill of a man. Maybe these kinds of media-driven exchanges touch on one aspect of the U.S.'s weakness: a fandom that is largely clueless when it comes to understanding the politics of the game and the kinds of players-to-coaches who should be spearheading the nation's technical and tactical "weltanschauung." I wonder, could we possibly learn something from Landon Donovan?

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: July 6, 2014 at 12:21 p.m.
    futbolisimo, futbolisimo; u have a valid opinion, but Magath opinion was to remind those LD supporters that he did too many Houdini acts in all of his games; as for his German sejour, he was probably not mature enough and ready to take such a step with Bayern. If u think that LD had the passion and drive to excel, so be it; in MHO, that was the biggest element that kept his career from booming. U could learn something from Giuseppe Rossi who has the talent and extreme passion to succeed.

  1. futbolisimo, futbolisimo
    commented on: July 6, 2014 at 1:13 p.m.
    I w Nowozeniuk, I have a hard time being critical of Donovan's career choices. It's just not my place. It's a rough world out there, particularly for a U.S. footballer. To this day, there are just so few options to develop when compared to the trade in South America or Europe. Re Rossi, I love the guy. I've learned a ton from him and his play. His choice to go the Italia route is entirely his. How could a guy not respect another guy who wants to play for one of the greatest futbol nations? Maybe in retrospect, it was a mistake for Prandelli to have left him off? Certainly looks like Pirlo needed someone else to connect with...

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: July 6, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.
    The clue is in this sentence: "Landon Donovan, at Bayern, was once considered unsuitable for the second team." We all know that Klinamann who took him to Bayern for 2 months and Donovan didn't contribute at all. Bayern didn't do well that year and Klinsmann was fired at the end of the season. Apparently, Klinsmann still holds grudge against him since then. Donovan can't win this battle. he should take the high road or retire from the international game. Klinsmann is staying until 2018 for now.

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: July 6, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.
    Really just sounds like one Teutonic Twit defending another to me. Landon didn't say anything a number of other commentators haven't said, JK made mistakes. All coaches do. As it turns out, he was right more often than he was wrong, but he is certainly not above criticism. It comes with the job just like not being selected as a player. I'm sure they'll both live through it. Has anybody yet heard a real explanation why Beckermann was dropped for Cameron, by the way?

  1. Paul Estrada
    commented on: July 6, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.
    May have just been an issue of cards. Cameron didn't have one. Beckerman did, and so did Jones. One of them would have likely got a card. Turns out, it was Cameron.

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: July 6, 2014 at 6:59 p.m.
    Albert, I thought the reason was that Cameron is taller than Beckerman and suited for marking the tall Fellaini. At least that what Klinsi gave unless you think there is another hidden agenda, I mean reason.

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: July 7, 2014 at 3:36 p.m.
    Missed that. Thanks Gus and Paul. As it happens, I have always felt that Cameron's best position for the NATS was central holding mid so I don't fault JK for playing him there. I just expected that it might be tried out in a game or two before the quarter-finals. One assumes that it was worked on during the practices leading up to the WC,,,hopefully.

  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: July 7, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.
    If i were Felix I would definitely be more humble, especially if the team I coached just got relegated from the Premier League to the First Division. Maybe he may need more American's to help his team since the coaching is so phenomenal!

  1. Tim Gibson
    commented on: July 9, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.
    Agree, LD needs to get over himself & get his head outta the sand, his MNT career ended.

  1. G O
    commented on: July 9, 2014 at 10:49 p.m.
    Don't these guys ever take a break from football? Felix Magath ought to be recharging his batteries to prove that a German coach can do well in England. Why should he be concerned about a comment from a US player regarding the ups and downs of the US team's Brazil World Cup? Guys like Magath are truly lucky to be married. Their wives must find these guys insufferable. (They just cannot stay out of the limelight, avoid microphones, must get into tirades when they don't see their names in newsprint...)


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