Klinsmann keen on Socceroos position

International Football

Australia could have former Germany and USA national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann in charge for their World Cup 2018 campaign.

Reports in Australia suggest Klinsmann is keen on the Socceroos job and could replace former manager Ange Postecoglou, who resigned last week despite leading the country to next year’s World Cup in Russia after a play-off win over Honduras.

Klinsmann was in charge of the USA between August 2011 and November 2016, after previous jobs leading Germany and then Bayern Munich and has a wealth of experience at international level.

He guided Germany to third place in their home 2006 World Cup, while he won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2013 with USA and would be a logical choice for Australia if, as reports say, he’s interested in the post.

It’s claimed the 53-year-old, who scored 40 goals for Germany in 82 caps as a player, hopes to speak to Australian officials about the possibility of taking over as soon as possible although there are also claims his high salary demands could derail the chances of him landing the job.

Australia have been drawn in Group C for World Cup 2018 alongside France, Peru and Denmark as the Socceroos aim to improve on their best performance in the tournament – a last-16 place in 2006.

Punters may want to use their free bet to back the Aussies to impress at the World Cup if they are able to land Klinsmann.