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Honigstein: Klinsmann laid Bayern foundation

Das Reboot

The key stats you need to know

U.S. vs. Mexico
 By Andy Mitten

David Beckham's Manchester United career should have ended differently

Alex Ferguson and David Beckham will return to Old Trafford together for the first time in over a decade.

To this day, former Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz has been unable to figure out why David Beckham and Roberto Carlos became such good friends while at the Bernabeu.

"David doesn't speak Spanish and Roberto doesn't speak English," recalled current Iran manager Queiroz. "Yet they'd speak for one hour a day, they'd spend a lot of time together. I still can't work out what they were saying."

"They were probably talking about girls," laughed a former teammate when he heard that one.

Beckham surprised...

U.S. vs. Mexico: the top moments in their contentious, competitive rivalry

Our panel of experts give their picks for the winner of the CONCACAF Cup playoff between the United States and Mexico.

The U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry goes back to 1934, when the two sides first met. Though the Americans won that inaugural match, 4-2, with all four goals scored by Aldo "Buff" Donelli, they went nearly half a century without another victory, and it wasn't until the 1990s that things became much more evenly matched.

Here are some notable -- and notorious -- highlights from the history books. Which side will get to write a happy chapter on October 10?

July 5, 1991: Welcome to the chaos

The U.S....

Klinsmann struggled at Bayern but he laid foundations for today's success

The ESPN FC panel discuss if Jurgen Klopp's attacking style of play will fit in at Liverpool, if Jose Mourinho's antics are bad for the game and what will happen to Jurgen Klinsmann if the USMNT don't beat Mexico.

The following is an excerpt from Raphael Honigstein's new book, "Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World." In it, Honigstein winds the clocks back to 2008, when Jurgen Klinsmann was placed in charge of Bayern Munich but found the going tough in the face of an unlikely challenge.

The idea that players could be developed, along with a team, into something that was bigger than the constituent parts was music to the ears of Bayern Munich bosses. The perennial Bundesliga...

U.S. vs. Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup: Stats you need to know

The U.S. and Mexico will square off Oct. 10 (9:30 p.m. ET) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., in what is being called the CONCACAF Cup. The winner earns a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, the warm-up tournament to the World Cup a year later. Here are some stats to keep in mind ahead of this clash between archrivals.

More wins but tougher losses for the U.S.:

Since 2000, the U.S. is 13-5-5 against Mexico and 11-4-2 at home. But those two home losses were big games: the 2009 and...

FIFA continues to unravel after Blatter, Platini provisionally banned

FIFA have provisionally suspended president Sepp Blatter, UEFA president Michel Platini and secretary general Jerome Valcke for 90 days following recommendations from their own ethics committee.

We're in uncharted waters. It's something I've written before -- way too many times -- when it comes to FIFA, but the fact is this ship is sailing further and further toward the edge of the map.

FIFA's statement Thursday brought news of a raft of provisional suspensions at the summit of world football from the body's Independent ethics committee. FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the man hoping to replace him next February, UEFA president Michel Platini, have been "banned from all football activities...

Klinsmann has much at stake as U.S. preps for CONCACAF Cup, Olympics

Our panel of experts give their picks for the winner of the CONCACAF Cup playoff between the United States and Mexico.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Wearing a golf shirt, a tan and his trademark smile, Jurgen Klinsmann appears as relaxed as ever as he slides into the middle seat of a horseshoe-shaped booth at an upscale restaurant not far from his home of the last 18 years. He apologizes for arriving a few minutes late, but the slight delay is understandable. Klinsmann has a lot on his mind.

It's 10 days before the U.S and Mexico will meet at a sold-out Rose Bowl for a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup, arguably the...