The United States national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has set a lofty target of reaching the semifinals at the World Cup 2018.
The US has steadily shown improvement under the regime of the German. Part of the success has been bringing several players of German nationality – who are also eligible for the US citizenship – into the national team and this has increased the quality quite tremendously. In terms of its World Cup history, the US national team has been on the rise since it hosted its very first World Cup in 1990. Since then, they have qualified for every World Cup and the tradition is expected to continue for the World Cup 2018 as well
After having reached the round of 16 in the last two editions, the natural progression for the US national team would be to reach the quarter-finals. Klinsmann, though, has set an ambitious target of reaching the semifinals at this major tournament. It has been speculated for a long time that teams outside the traditional favourites list could go on and win the World Cup at some point in the future. Klinsmann managed to win the Confederations Cup at the first instance in 2013. He will be hoping to use this experience and guide the national team to achieving this lofty target in Russia.
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Liverpool’s January signing from Inter Milan – Philippe Coutinho – has said that he desperately wants to play for Brazil at the World Cup 2014, which will be held at the South American country. The Brazilian arrived in an £ 8 million deal from Inter Milan in January. He has been impressive in his few appearances for Liverpool so far. Now, the midfielder is hoping that this good run of form will help him get into the national team. The attacking midfielder last made an international appearance back in 2010, which also happens to be his first appearance as well.
Brazil will be hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and there is extreme pressure on the South American nation to win this tournament. The five-time world champions always face a lot of pressure when it comes to major tournaments like the World Cup and the Copa America. The pressure this time around will be significantly greater since the tournament will be at home. Coutinho has said that it is the dream of every Brazilian player to represent his national team at the World Cup. He is also inspired by the achievements of previous great Brazilians like Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Coutinho is hoping to strike a partnership with the fellow South American Luis Suarez.
“It was an honour for me when I was called up the first time. At the moment my aim is to play well for Liverpool and to learn and develop as much as I can. But I am sure if I play consistently well for Liverpool then the Brazil coach will notice me and I’ll be called up for the national team. Every player has a dream to play for their national team and especially in a World Cup. The fact the next World Cup is in Brazil makes that extra special,” said Coutinho.