KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, October 29, 2014
United States national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Tuesday was included on a 10-man shortlist for FIFA's World Coach of the Year.
The coach has been selected for guiding the national team through their group at the 2014 World Cup which consisted of Germany, Portugal and Ghana - the Group of Death - to the knockout stage of the tournament.
The German-born coach, 50, will vie for the honor with likes of German national team head coach Joachim Low, Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti. This is the first time for Klinsmann to be nominated and the first U.S. coach to make the list since the award was first handed out in 2010.
The World Cup winning player started his coaching career in 2004 when he was appointed as head coach of the German national team. Despite receiving much criticism about the team's lackluster performances in friendlies, Klinsmann would guide Die Nationalmannschaft to the semifinals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany using young players.
Klinsmann would later step down as coach of Germany, but in 2008 he returned to the coaching ranks as he was appointed head coach of Bayern Munich.
It would be two years later when he would be appointed as head coach of the United States and guide the team to success such as the 1-0 win over Italy in Feb. 2012 and a 1-0 win over Mexico in Aug. 2012 at the Azteca Stadium. He was also on hand when the team won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a 1-0 win over Panama in the final.
The three finalist will be revealed on December 1, and the winner will be awarded on January 12, 2015.