As Germany head coach, Juergen Klinsmann led the 2006 World Cup hosts to the semi-finals as the nation erupted in a wave of euphoria. For 2010, the former Bayern Munich gaffer expects another fantastic World Cup full of surprises.
"I’m expecting a fantastic World Cup. You shouldn’t compare it with
previous World Cups, because it’s literally incomparable, so to speak.
It's the first event of its type on African soil, and I feel we’re all
duty bound to play our part in making it a truly wonderful World Cup," said Klinsmann to FIFA.com.
"There are groups comprising three exceptionally strong teams and one
underdog, and there are groups where I’d say all four teams are evenly
matched. But predicting anything is hard on this occasion, because
nearly all the teams are going to encounter basically unfamiliar
conditions: playing at altitude, the South African winter, and so on.
It could be a World Cup full of surprises.
"There can hardly ever have been a World Cup with so many potential
favourites, in my opinion. At least eight of the teams are good enough
to win it – and every one of them has convincing arguments in their
favour. It’ll be a very evenly-matched World Cup. And let’s not forget
there are still six months to go. A lot can happen in that time," continued the former Tottenham Hotspur star.
"All eight seeded teams rank among the favourites, but you’ve also got
to include a couple of the unseeded teams this time. I’m thinking
chiefly of France and Portugal. And then you’ve got a host of dark
horses, Côte d’Ivoire or Chile for example, who were outstanding in
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com