Soccer Without Borders

Erik Kirschbaum, Journalist & Author

The lecture is scheduled 4-5:30pm and there will be a reception directly after.

Erik Kirschbaum is a foreign correspondent based in Germany. Mr. Kirschbaum has worked for Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers from Europe since 1989. A native of New York, he grew up in Connecticut and studied History and German at the University of Wisconsin. He has covered the World Cup and Olympics, and is the author of Rocking the Wall: Bruce Springsteen, the Berlin Concert That Changed the World; and Swim and Bike and Run:  Triathlon - The Sporting Trinity.

Abstract: Jürgen Klinsmann, Head Coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team, has elevated soccer’s relevance throughout the nation by leading the team out of the “Group of Death” in the 2014 World Cup and by encouraging debate about ways to further improve this country’s level of play. Klinsmann’s reputation is that of an innovative thinker, of a compelling leader who isn’t afraid to challenge traditional notions of coaching, and who will create additional opportunities for growth and success through new strategies and tactics. In Soccer Without Borders, journalist Erik Kirschbaum lays out Klinsmann’s vision for making the U.S. Men’s National Team a world power. Featuring fascinating insights gleaned from Klinsmann’s decades of dedicated commitment — both as a world-renowned professional player and coach — the book is an immersive and unique road map for how to build a winning team in the most competitive global team sport, as well as an engaging tribute to “the most beautiful game” by one of its most adroit students.