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Berti Vogts, USA's 'Special Advisor'

  • ESPN FC, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:42 PM

The Associated Press serves up an interesting profile of Azerbaijan coach Berti Vogts, who after Tuesday’s friendly encounter between the USA and his team, will begin a temporary job as special advisor to USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Both men know each other well; Klinsmann played under Vogts when he was coach of the German national team during the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, and when Germany won Euro 96. Klinsmann, of course, also famously coached Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup, which Germany also hosted.

Despite being connected to both teams, Vogts insists that his first priority for tonight’s match is Azerbaijan. "First, I'm the national coach for Azerbaijan. Proud to play here against the United States," he said. "It's a huge match for Azerbaijan, and I hope the match also will help the United States." Which is precisely what Klinsmann is hoping for, since 85th-ranked Azerbaijan has faced all three of the USA’s World Cup opponents.

Regarding the addition of Vogts to his coaching staff, Klinsmann said: "For me he's been a big mentor throughout my life, and he just has an outstanding soccer brain, an outstanding knowledge the way he reads the game, the way he analyzes things with his tremendous experience he has, is unquestionable, a huge benefit for us."

Vogts will spend the majority of his time scouting the USA’s Group G opponents Ghana, Portugal and Germany, prior to joining Klinsmann’s men in Brazil.  

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