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Jul 13, 2014

Jurgen Klinsmann rejected job offers

United States head coach and former World Cup champion Jurgen Klinsmann gives his prediction for Sunday's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.

Jurgen Klinsmann remains focused on coaching the U.S. despite several offers to return to Europe.

The former Germany and Bayern Munich coach was linked with Galatasaray during the 2014 World Cup and told Bild there has also been interest from other parties.

He said: "There have been several enquiries from European clubs but I told them straight away that they don't have to follow up on them.

"That's not an issue for me. I am under contract here until 2018, and I am looking forward to the upcoming tasks."

During the United States' run to the round of 16, a wave of "soccer fever" hit the United States.

Klinsmann hailed the remarkable atmosphere which included praise for his side's work from U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"The World Cup was a gigantic success. Yes, we would have wished to go even further, but it was really close against Belgium," he said. "Nobody had expected us to advance to the knockout stages from that group of death.

Jurgen Klinsmann was linked to a job at Galatasaray.

"We did it -- and sparked an unbelievable euphoria. The viewing figures went into record numbers, and there were public screenings the U.S. had not witnessed before.

"Vice president Joe Biden was in the dressing room after the Ghana match. And Barack Obama called after our defeat against Belgium. I got Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey to answer the call, and they were super proud.

"Even Angela Merkel sent me a text message after every match. Of course, she crossed her fingers for Germany. But -- without asking her -- I'd say that the United States have been her second team."

Klinsmann, who led Germany to the 2006 World Cup semifinals before standing aside, also said their current success was nothing to do with him.

"All credit has to go to Joachim Low and his colleagues - from [team manager] Oliver Bierhoff to the players, the staff, the association and also the Bundesliga. They can toast it on Sunday," he said.

"I will be watching the final at home, with my family. We will keep our fingers crossed. Most of the U.S. is also behind Germany. The team is admired for the style in which they made it to the final. Most of all for the 7-1."

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