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Former FIFA Bronze Ball winner pegs States to advance from Group G

Switzerland Soccer  Champions League Draw

Arsenal club secretary David Miles, left, shakes hands with Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, right, after the draw of the round of 16 games of UEFA Champions League 2013/14 at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone,Laurent Gillieron)


Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (right) knows a thing or two about the World Cup, with two runners-up finishes for West Germany and a Bronze Ball. It’s worthwhile to pay attention when he speaks about matters of international soccer.

And maybe you’ll write it off as a high-five to a fellow German hero, but Rummenigge is pegging Jurgen Klinsmann’s team to handle its business in Group G come June.

“Two teams I’m seeing as favorites to qualify for the next round are Germany, and maybe this will surprise you, the States,” Rummenigge said.

“I believe they have an interesting team and I know Jurgen Klinsmann, who is totally motivated.”

Rummenigge was speaking on Jimmy Conrad’s KICKTV program during a tour of Bayern Munich’s facilities -- the German is an executive for the reigning UEFA Champions League winners -- so there was double the reasons for his US love.

Still, when we’re talking about a Group of Death, it’s nice to have as many former German captains in your corner as possible.

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