Berlin - The United States have hired former Super Eagles
coach and World Cup winner Berti Vogts as a special adviser until the World Cup
in Brazil as they look to boost their chances of getting through the group
stage, the team said on Monday.
The United States have been drawn with Germany, Ghana and
Portugal for the preliminaries at the June 12-July 13 finals.
Vogts, who won the trophy as a player in 1974 and coached
Germany and current U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann to their last international
title at Euro 1996, has also coached Scotland. He is currently the Azerbaijan
national team coach.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Berti join us as an
adviser," Klinsmann said in a statement. "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."
Vogts will help development of training plans, prepare
scouting reports and will travel to watch opponents in the run-up to the
Nicknamed 'the terrier' for his tough defending, Vogts was a
stalwart at Borussia Moenchengladbach for 15 years and earned 96 caps for
Germany before going into coaching.
He coached Germany from 1990-1998 before taking on other
national teams with mixed success.
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