News / USA

Germany Rejects Klinsmann Criticism of Unfair Advantages at World Cup

U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann gives instructions to his players during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match against Portugal at the Amazonia arena in Manaus, Brazil, June 22, 2014.
U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann gives instructions to his players during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match against Portugal at the Amazonia arena in Manaus, Brazil, June 22, 2014.
Reuters
— Germany rejected criticism on Monday from U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann that FIFA deliberately scheduled matches and locations to benefit favorites because the Germans have an extra day to recover ahead of Thursday's clash.
 
Assistant coach Hansi Flick also dismissed Klinsmann's argument that the U.S. had a longer journey to their second Group G match in Manaus, but sidestepped whether the top seeds in the draw got preferential treatment in the scheduling.
 
“The match schedule was known to everyone before the draw and no one complained at the time,” Flick said when asked about Klinsmann's complaint on Sunday that Germany had an extra day of rest ahead of their match on Thursday - and shorter distances to travel to their first two matches in Salvador and Fortaleza.
 
Those locations are a one-hour and two-hour flight, respectively, north along the Atlantic coast from Germany's training camp in Santo Andre. The U.S. are based in Sao Paulo and had to fly four hours to the Amazonian city of Manaus.
 
“We picked the location for our base camp after the draw,” Flick said. “Every team had the chance to put their base camp wherever they wanted to put it so that they would only have to travel or fly as few kilometers as possible. That's why we put our base camp here where it is.”
 
Germany have an extra day to rest and prepare for their Group G showdown on Thursday in Recife after playing out a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon in Fortaleza while the United States played to a 2-2 draw on Sunday night against Portugal in Manaus.
 
Klinsmann, who coached Germany from 2004-2006 and led them to third place at the 2006 World Cup, said on Monday the Germans would definitely have an advantage over his team with an extra day to recover and shorter travel distance to Recife.
 
“Germany played yesterday and so have more time to recover, we played in the Amazon and they haven't had to travel much,” said the former striker, who also captained Germany, scoring 47 goals in 108 matches and played in three World Cups. “Everything has been made easy for the favorites, whereas we have to struggle to go through, but that is what we will do.

You May Like

Reports of Mass Murder on Mediterranean Smuggler’s Boat

Boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569 More

Video New Thailand Hotline Targets Misbehaving Monks

Officials say move aims to restore country’s image of Buddhism, tarnished by recent high profile scandals such as opulent lifestyle, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as child sex abuse More

Study: Dust from Sahara Helped Form Bahama Islands

What does the Sahara have in common with a Caribbean island? Quite a lot, researchers say More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Astronauts Train in Underwater Labi
X
George Putic
July 25, 2014 7:25 PM
In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
Video

Video Airline Expert: Missile will Show Signature on Debris

The debris field from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is spread over a 21-kilometer radius in eastern Ukraine. It is expected to take investigators months to sort through the airplane pieces to learn about the missile that brought down the jetliner and who fired it. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains how this work will be done.
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

AppleAndroid