By Benson Petit-Clair
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann appoints fellow German Berti Vogts as a Special Advisor from now through the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which is set to take place from in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. The U.S. Soccer Federation made the announcement on Sunday evening.
Vogts was part of the 1974 German team which captured the World Cup at home against the Netherlands.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Berti join us as an advisor,” said Klinsmann in a release. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both as a player and a coach, and he knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. He was my coach for Germany in the 1990s and we have a great relationship. Through his time as the head coach of Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan, he is obviously very familiar with our opponents in the group stage of the World Cup, and for us this is a huge bonus.”
In his new role with the U.S. national team, Vogts will aid in the development of training plans, help prepare scouting reports, and travel to observe matches of the USA’s opponents in the lead-up to the tournament and in Brazil, according to the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Vogts previously coached Germany from 1990-98, Scotland (2002-04) and Nigeria (2007-08). Since April 2008, he has served as the manager for Azerbaijan, and he plan to remain in that role.
In Addition to Vogts, Klinsmann added U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos to the coaching staff.
Meanwhile, assistant Martin Vasquez has been dropped from Klinsmann’s coaching staff, he will be appointed to other responsibilities within U.S. Soccer.