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Jurgen Klinsmann is the real World Cup hero for USA

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Football - soccer, as it is more widely known in the USA - has exploded into huge heights of popularity during the national team's incredibly brave and valiant World Cup efforts, which will live long in the memory.

The world was watching on Tuesday night as USA battled vigorously against an impressively talented Belgium side. Although the end result may have brought utter despair to the Americans, their adventurous campaign has gained many admirers, and it's all thanks to Jurgen Klinsmann.

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National treasure

As the famous German watched on in extra time from the sidelines in desperate frustration, you would be forgiven for thinking that he was indeed born and bred in the 'land of the free' himself as the passion flowed out clear for all to see.

As the camera made it's way through the whole team and coaching staff during the USA national anthem, the focus was predominantly on former Germany manager Klinsmann as he proudly sung it like it was his own.

Although much of the attention has been on the players themselves, with the unprecedented popularity award going to Everton keeper Tim Howard for his record-breaking performance in the American goal, Klinsmann deserves all the plaudits.

He will now be regarded as arguably the best manager to ever take charge of the 'soccer' nation as they produced some of the best performances of an enthralling World cup. With this, Klinsmann may well be seen as a national treasure - one that they will want to keep hold of. 

Inspiration 

The former Tottenham and Bayern Munich striker, installed the same kind of endeavour and passion to that of his playing career and famous diving goal celebrations, which we have all long associated him with.

The USA team must of been ruing their awful luck after being drawn in the World Cup 'Group of Death', that saw them face up against Ghana, Portugal and Klinsmann's home country Germany. 

However, the 49-year-old was confident in preparing the team which he undeniably proved.  he set his team up exceptionally well to deal with the talent of some great teams. As well, the inspiration and brave determination the players reflected the faith shown in them by the german.

Make no mistake - this team is very much Klinsmann own creation as it included only six players that participated in the 2010 campaign in South Africa, which evidently witnessed them reach the same stage but with a far easier path. 

Second chances

Another big highlight of the team Klinsmann assembled, was the brave decision to re-introduce forgotten men. Real salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman, who thoroughly impressed in Brazil, played only 10 matches for the U.S. from 2007-09 and was left out of the 2010 World Cup squad.

Other included; Mikkel Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Graham Zusi, and Chris Wondolwoski who all had as little as 11 caps between them prior to 2013. Since that time, they have been reinvigorated, with all four now having played in a total of 66 matches for the U.S.

The future looks very promising for the not only the national team but the United States's interest in a sport, which they have considered to not be as competitive as their own inventions. Maybe know they are starting to understand the beautiful game in all it's glory. 

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