Jurgen Klinsmann blasts FIFA over fixed World Cup schedule

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Jurgen Klinsmann has criticized FIFA in the aftermath of the USA's 2-2 tie with Portugal Sunday evening.

Speaking to reporters immediately after he had seen his side give up a 2-1 lead in the final moments the game - a result which would have seen the USA qualify from Group G with a game to spare - the USMNT head coach had some harsh words for the sport's governing body ahead of a crucial game with Germany.


USA require at least one point from their game against their coaches mother country but Klinsmann is far from happy about the circumstances leading up to the crunch game:

"We have one day less to recover. They played yesterday, we played today," Klinsmann explained.

"We played in the Amazon, they played in the locations where they don't have to travel as much. Everything was done for the big favorites to move on.

"We have to do it the tough way but we're going to do it the tough way," concluded the former Germany striker.


Klinsmann's angst at the rule makers is not without foundation it would seem.

USA's game against Portugal was played in Manaus, the energy-sapping capital of the Brazilian Amazon, where temperates reached an incredible 90 degrees fahrenheit at field level.

Added to that the fact that the game required a 3,292 mile round trip for the US from their base in Sao Paulo and it was undoubtedly a draining excursion for Klinsmann's men. 

Germany on the other hand, played out their own 2-2 draw in the more tepid temperatures of Fortlaleza in north Brazil. As well as being easier on the player's heat wise, Fortaleza is also situated fairly close to the location for the two nation's crucial game Thursday, which is set to take place in Recife.


A further source for complain from Klinsmann concerned the fact that, even though Germany's final two games do not require excessive travel in between for the team, the fancied European nation were given an extra day of rest thanks to World Cup scheduling which saw them kick off their game against Ghana a full 24-hours ahead of the US.

As soon as USA discovered they had been placed in Group G it became immediately apparent that they would face excessive travel during the tournament and Klinsmann is clearly not happy with the arrangements.

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The head coach however, perhaps understandably considering the moments leading up to his critical comments, had forgotten one key fact as he laid into FIFA Sunday night.

The World Cup schedule, including dates and locations, was put in place long before nations discovered just which group they would partake in in Brazil.

Because of Germany's superior FIFA ranking they were placed in Pot 1 during the draw, whilst the US found themselves in Pot 3. There is little FIFA could have done to doctor the result in favor of the German's therefore other than fix the draw to ensure the European nation's name was picked out at exactly the right point in proceedings.

Klinsmann is most likely simply trying to take the pressure off his US roster ahead of what will be a defining game against the Germans on Thursday.

USA require one point from the game to ensure qualification with a defeat leaving the door open for both Ghana and Portugal who contest Group G's other final game.

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