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Dec 18, 2013

Klinsmann relishing Group G test

Jurgen Klinsmann has told Sport Bild that the United States are not outsiders to progress from World Cup Group G.

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The U.S. have been drawn alongside Germany, Ghana and Portugal in Group G, and face a difficult task if they are to advance to the knockout phase in Brazil.

U.S. coach Klinsmann has, however, vowed to prove the doubters wrong. “At first I thought that we did not really need that hammer draw. But in the end it is an opportunity for us to show just how much we have grown,” the German said.

“We don’t regard ourselves as outsiders in this group. We regard us a growing nation. We continuously improve on various levels.

“This affects all areas, starting with the training of our coaches and youth players -- of which we will only profit in the next 10, 12 years -- all the way to the performances of the USMNT in the past month."

He added: “We know, that on a good day, we can give the biggest nations a good fight. We are no longer a small footballing nation.”

Klinsmann recently penned a new deal with the USMNT, which ties him to the nation until 2018. Despite interest from various European clubs, Klinsmann has no plans to leave the U.S. before his contract expires.

“Without naming any clubs: I recently had offers from Europe, also from Bundesliga. But I decide for this task. The contract extension means I will stay here. At least until the 2018 World Cup in Russia,” he said.

Asked about facing Germany on June 26, the former international said: “I will sing the German anthem. And also the American. It is an incredibly beautiful anthem. Moreover I have been here for 15 years now."

Klinsmann also offered his views on which team could clinch glory next summer. “There is never a guarantee. To me, Germany, Brazil, and Spain are the favourites. Those three are ripe for the title.” he concluded.

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