Jürgen Klinsmann

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Jürgen Klinsmann
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Jürgen Klinsmann (2019)
birthday July 30, 1964
place of birth GoeppingenGermany
size 181 cm
position striker
Years station
1972-1974 TB Went
1974-1988 SC Geislingen
1978-1981 Stuttgart Kickers
Years station Games (goals) 1
1981-1984 Stuttgart Kickers 61 (22)
1984-1989 VfB Stuttgart 156 (79)
1989-1992 Inter Milan 95 (34)
1992-1994 AS Monaco 65 (29)
1994-1995 Tottenham Hotspur 41 (20)
1995-1997 FC Bayern Munich 65 (31)
1997-1998 Sampdoria Genoa 8 0(2)
1998 → Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 15 0(9)
2003-2004 Orange County Blue Star 8 0(5)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1980-1981 Germany U16 3 0(0)
1984-1985 Germany U21 8 0(3)
1987-1988 Germany Olympic selection 14 0(8)
1987-1998 Germany 108 (47)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2004-2006 Germany
2008-2009 FC Bayern Munich
2011-2016 United States
2019-2020 Hertha BSC
1 Only league games are given.

Jürgen Klinsmann (born July 30, 1964 in Göppingen ) is a former German soccer player , coach and official .

Klinsmann played from 1987 to 1998 in the German national soccer team , with which he became world champion in 1990 and European champion in 1996 . He led the national team as team captain at both the European Championships in 1996 and the 1998 World Cup . In 2016 he was made honorary captain.

He was voted Germany's Footballer of the Year twice and England's Footballer of the Year in 1995 . At club level he played in Germany , Italy , France , England and the United States . He won the UEFA Cup twice and a German championship .

In 2004 he became the German national football coach and led the national team to third place at the 2006 World Cup in his own country . From 2008 to 2009 he coached FC Bayern Munich and from 2011 to 2016 the national soccer team of the United States . In the 2019/20 season he tried again in the Bundesliga, this time at Hertha BSC .

Player career

1964 to 1981: youth

Jurgen Klinsmann was one of four sons of of Brandenburg coming baker Siegfried Klinsmann († 2005) and his wife Martha in Baden-Württemberg Göppingen born. At the age of eight he began to play club football at TB Gingen in Gingen an der Fils . Half a year later he scored 16 goals in a game of his club. When he was ten, Klinsmann moved to SC Geislingen . When he was 14 years old, his father bought a bakery in Stuttgart . The son, who made a positive impression in the Württemberg youth selection, signed a contract with the Stuttgarter Kickers at the age of 16 , which two years later would make him a full professional. By decision of the parents, he previously completed an apprenticeship in his father's bakery and received his journeyman's certificate in 1982. Then made he in the army as a 18-year-old his military service , but he belonged to a sports soldier in a sports promotion group of the Bundeswehr .

1981 to 1989: Kickers and VfB Stuttgart

The first station in Klinsmann's professional career was from 1981 the second division Stuttgarter Kickers, where he had played in his youth since 1978. From the 1982/83 season he was part of the second division squad. In the 1983/84 season he scored 19 goals. One of the coaches of the Stuttgarter Kickers at the time, Horst Buhtz , reported that during this time Klinsmann had registered for training in the athletics department with Horst Allmann, one of the best sprint coaches in Germany at the time, during a summer break. Klinsmann was able to improve his 100-meter time from 11.7 to 11.0 seconds at the start of training in the new season.

UEFA Cup semi-final against Dynamo Dresden , April 19, 1989; Klinsmann in a duel with Matthias Sammer and Hans-Uwe Pilz

In 1984 he moved to top local rivals VfB Stuttgart . In his first season at VfB under coach Helmut Benthaus , Klinsmann scored 15 goals and was the team's top scorer after Karl Allgöwer , who scored 19 times. The club, which had become champions in the previous year, only finished tenth in the table. Klinsmann scored 16 times each in the 1985/86 and 1986/87 seasons . He also reached the 1986 DFB Cup final with VfB , which was lost 5-2 to Bayern Munich and in which Klinsmann scored the last goal of the game.

In the 1987/88 season he was the top scorer in the Bundesliga with 19 goals - including goal of the year 1987, a spectacular overhead kick in the game against Bayern Munich. In 1987 he played his first international match in Brazil (1-1), and in 1988 he was Germany's Footballer of the Year .

After he had reached the UEFA Cup final against SSC Napoli with Stuttgart in 1989 , which was lost in two games (defeat in Napoli and draw in Stuttgart), Klinsmann moved to the Italian club Inter Milan , with Lothar Matthäus at the time and Andreas Brehme two other German national players were under contract.

1989 to 1992: Three years with Inter and world champion in Italy

Klinsmann signed a three-year contract with Inter Milan . Despite Giovanni Trapattoni's defensive tactics, Klinsmann scored 13 goals in his first season . Klinsmann was one of the most popular foreigners with the audience, not least because he had learned Italian and earned the respect of the fans with his language skills and demeanor.

After finishing third in the league, Klinsmann went to the 1990 World Cup . After the German team survived the preliminary round without any problems, they met the Netherlands in the round of 16, against whom they had failed at the European Championship two years earlier . It should be Klinsmann's best game in the national dress. After his strike partner Rudi Völler was sent off in the 22nd minute, Klinsmann was on his own in the attack. He delivered a running stint with which he occupied the entire Dutch defense alone, scored the 1-0 lead and was a constant trouble spot. The next day, the Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote about Klinsmann's performance:

"In the last decade, no attacker in a DFB selection has presented such a brilliant, almost perfect performance."

After further victories over Czechoslovakia (1: 0) and England (1: 1 a.s. , 4: 3 p. E.) he became world champion with the German team in the final against Argentina with a 1: 0 victory.

In the next season Klinsmann won the UEFA Cup with Inter (2-1 in addition against AS Roma) and was able to repeat the performance of the previous year in the league with 14 goals. Klinsmann's contract was extended to 1994.

The 1991/92 season was not as successful as expected for Inter Milan under coach Corrado Orrico . At the end of the season the club was in eighth place, Klinsmann had scored seven goals. The team was divided and split up into groups. After this season it was clear to Klinsmann that he wanted to change clubs.

Due to the negative season at Inter Milan, Klinsmann lost his regular place in the national team to Karl-Heinz Riedle . Klinsmann only moved into the regular formation due to a broken arm in the opening game of the EM 1992 against the CIS . He improved from game to game during the European Championship and was one of the best in the final against Denmark, which was lost 2-0.

1992 to 1994: AS Monaco

After the European Championship in 1992, Klinsmann moved to AS Monaco in Ligue 1 , with which he reached second place in the first season. After Olympique Marseille 's championship title was revoked due to a bribery scandal, AS Monaco played the following year as a French participant in the Champions League and only failed in the semifinals against eventual winners AC Milan . In the championship, after the success in the previous year, the team was only ninth in the table and Klinsmann, who had been out for two months due to a torn ligament and was usually the only tip, increasingly criticized the attitude of his teammates and left the club a year before the actual end of the contract 1995. Despite the elimination in the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup against Bulgaria , this tournament was also very successful for Klinsmann himself with five goals scored, so that he was voted Germany's Footballer of the Year for the second time since 1988.

1994 to 1995: Tottenham Hotspur

Somewhat surprisingly, Klinsmann moved to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League for the 1994/95 season , where he was greeted very critically by both the fans and the media, as some English media portrayed him as the swallow king, a so-called diver . Klinsmann also took the hearts of the English by storm. Klinsmann scored a goal on his debut away game against Sheffield Wednesday , which he celebrated with a diver . Because of his humor, but of course his athletic achievements and his combative style of play, he quickly became extremely popular in England: For example, over 150,000 Klinsmann jerseys were sold in a very short time. In 1995 Klinsmann was then England's Footballer of the Year and he is now officially listed as a "legend" at Spurs.

1995 to 1998: Further international positions

He then played successfully at FC Bayern Munich , where he spent the 1995/96 and 1996/97 seasons. Klinsmann was Bayern's most successful goalscorer in both seasons. In 1996 he won the UEFA Cup with FC Bayern , where he set a new goal record with 15 goals in twelve games, which was only improved by Falcao in 2011 . A year later he was also German champion.

In the summer of 1997 Klinsmann moved to Italy to Sampdoria Genoa , but left the team again in winter and returned to Tottenham Hotspur , which he led to relegation with four goals in the decisive game against Wimbledon FC . The last game of his club career Klinsmann completed in 1998 on the last day of the Premier League against Southampton.

End of career as a player and overview

His career as a player ended in 1998 at the World Cup in France when the DFB-Elf were eliminated from the tournament against Croatia . Klinsmann had been a senior international for ten years and had previously played in U21 and U16 matches. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the striker won the bronze medal with the German team .

Klinsmann played a total of 221 Bundesliga games in which he scored 110 goals.

In the national team he played 108 games - 29 of them when he was under contract with Inter Milan , 24 as a club player for AS Monaco , 23 as a player for FC Bayern Munich , 17 during his time at Tottenham Hotspur , 12 during the VfB Stuttgart and three as a player from Sampdoria Genoa . He scored 47 goals for the German national team and together with Völler he is fourth in the (national) all-time goalscorer list . He also scored a total of eleven goals at the World Cup finals in 1990 , 1994 and 1998 , making him the German player with the most World Cup goals after Miroslav Klose (16) and Gerd Müller (14). Together with Thomas Häßler , he was the German record player at European Championships (13 games each) until Philipp Lahm exceeded this record with 14 games at the 2012 European Championship. Klinsmann scored the most goals (5) for Germany at the European Championship finals.

In 1995 Klinsmann was Footballer of the Year in England. In Germany he received this title in 1988 and 1994. In 1995 he was named world goalscorer by the IFFHS .

After living with his family in Newport Beach for years, he joined the American fourth division club Orange County Blue Star in 2003 under the pseudonym Jay Göppingen (also Jay Goppingen in the USA ) , where he planned for about a year to play for fun. In the fourth division franchise, he was used in eight of 18 games in the Southwest Division , a season of the eight-track league, scoring five goals and preparing another three for his teammates. With the team he retired as second in the Southwest Division only in the National Semifinals against the Chicago Fire Reserves .

Season statistics

society league season league Nat. Cup European Cup Other total
Games Gates Games Gates Games Gates Games Gates Games Gates
Stuttgart Kickers 2nd Bundesliga 1981/82 6th 1 - - - - - - 6th 1
1982/83 20th 2 2 1 - - - - 22nd 3
1983/84 35 19th 2 2 - - - - 37 21st
total 61 22nd 4th 3 - - - - 65 25th
VfB Stuttgart 1st National League 1984/85 32 15th 4th 2 2 0 - - 38 17th
1985/86 33 16 6th 4th - - - - 39 20th
1986/87 32 16 1 2 4th 1 - - 37 19th
1987/88 34 19th 1 0 - - - - 35 19th
1988/89 25th 13 4th 2 8th 4th - - 37 19th
total 156 79 16 10 14th 5 - - 186 94
Inter Milan Series A 1989/90 31 13 4th 2 2 0 - - 37 15th
1990/91 33 14th 4th 0 12 3 - - 49 17th
1991/92 31 7th 5 1 1 0 - - 37 8th
total 95 34 13 3 15th 3 - - 123 40
AS Monaco Division 1 1992/93 35 19th - - 4th 0 - - 39 20th
1993/94 30th 10 - - 10 4th - - 40 14th
total 65 29 - - 14th 4th - - 79 33
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 1994/95 41 20th 6th 5 - - 3 4th 50 30th
total 41 20th 6th 5 - - 3 4th 50 30th
FC Bayern Munich Bundesliga 1995/96 32 16 1 0 12 15th - - 45 31
1996/97 33 15th 4th 2 2 0 - - 39 17th
total 65 31 5 2 14th 15th - - 84 48
Sampdoria Genoa Series A 1997/98 8th 2 - - 1 0 - - 9 2
total 8th 2 - - 1 0 - - 9 2
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 1997/98 15th 9 3 0 - - - - 18th 9
total 15th 9 3 0 - - - - 18th 9
Career total 506 227 47 23 58 27 3 4th 614 281

Trainer and functionary career

National coach of the DFB

Klinsmann as national coach (2005)

After the resignation of Rudi Voeller as team manager of the German national football team as a result of disappointing cutting in the European Championship finals in 2004 several successors were traded, most notably Ottmar Hitzfeld and Otto Rehhagel . In addition, the DFB was interested in several foreign coaches with a coach selection committee that was set up especially for this decision . However, when the inquiries from the French Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger , the Danish national coach Morten Olsen and the Dutchman Guus Hiddink were just as unsuccessful as those of Hitzfeld, who took a break after his involvement with FC Bayern Munich, and Rehhagel, who after his Success as the European championship coach wanted to continue his tenure in Greece, the attention finally fell on the newcomer Klinsmann, who had acquired his coaching license in 2000 at a DFB special course for former national players. But after he called for the reform of the entire DFB in the interviews with the national team, this initially gave the impression of a failed application attempt, especially since Lothar Matthäus, with the support of his former sponsor Franz Beckenbauer and the Bild-Zeitung , had meanwhile also started talking.

Nevertheless, after a four-week vacancy phase, Klinsmann was introduced as the new national coach of the DFB selection on July 26, 2004 . Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder and Werner Hackmann had previously flown to negotiations with Klinsmann in the United States. At the side of Klinsmann, Oliver Bierhoff was to act as team manager and Joachim Löw as assistant trainer . Klinsmann, who had negotiated extensive powers, began extensive reform work. He also announced that he would rely more on young players, but on the other hand only appoint those players to the national team who are regularly used in their club. Tactically, Klinsmann relied on an offensive style of play.

The personnel policy of the new national coach also resulted in far-reaching changes in the staff of the national team - the former DFB director Bernd Pfaff was the first prominent "victim". He was followed by long-time goalkeeping coach Sepp Maier after he took the side of Oliver Kahn against Klinsmann's view of the number 1 goal . However, when it came to integrating Berti Vogts , who was rejected by the DFB, Klinsmann failed, as did his nomination for national hockey coach Bernhard Peters as coordinator of the national youth teams. For systematic physical work, Klinsmann hired the American fitness trainer Mark Verstegen , who, together with Oliver Schmidtlein - a former physiotherapist at FC Bayern Munich and a friend of Klinsmann's two-year stay in Los Angeles - created individual training plans to improve movement. In addition, the national players were given individual “homework” based on these plans.

After the 2006 World Cup

Two days after the 2006 World Cup ended on July 11, 2006, Klinsmann announced that he would not renew his contract as national coach. Klinsmann gave the reason that he had been "burned out" over the past two years. Klinsmann's assistant coach Löw was appointed as his successor. Klinsmann later received the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon for his services - this did not appear on the original award date, but received it on the occasion of a ceremony on February 28, 2007 in the Berlin Chancellery . It was presented to him by Chancellor Angela Merkel .

After the World Cup, Klinsmann was traded as the future national soccer coach of the United States. Just a few weeks after the tournament, he held talks with the American Football Association . On December 7, 2006, Klinsmann finally withdrew from the negotiations after no agreement had been reached. In early 2007 there were rumors that he could replace José Mourinho at English club Chelsea . Shortly after Chelsea CEO Peter Kenyon announced that Mourinho would not be fired, Klinsmann signed a two-year contract as a TV commentator with the pay-TV channel Arena . However, this did not come about due to the dissolution of Arena.

FC Bayern Munich

Klinsmann as head coach of FC Bayern Munich (2009)

For the 2008/09 season Klinsmann worked as head coach at Bayern Munich , which he wanted to modernize in the long term. He reached the Champions League quarter-finals with the team , in which he failed with 0: 4 and 1: 1 at the eventual winners FC Barcelona . Immediately before the first leg defeat in Spain there was a disgraceful defeat in the Bundesliga with a 1: 5 at eventual champions VfL Wolfsburg . During the entire season Klinsmann had never topped the standings with Bayern, and the team also failed in the quarter-finals in the DFB Cup against Bayer 04 Leverkusen , so that Munich could not win a title in 2008/09. On April 27, 2009 he was released and replaced for the rest of the season by Jupp Heynckes , as the qualification for the Champions League seemed in danger.

United States national coach

Klinsmann as US national coach (2014)

On July 29, 2011, Klinsmann became the new coach of the USA national team . He succeeded Bob Bradley , from whom the association had separated the day before. His first international match as a US coach took place on August 10, 2011 against Mexico and ended 1-1. In November 2011 he expressed in an interview that the US national team wanted to orient itself towards the style of play of the top European nations in order to "beat them at some point". For this purpose he called "military children" who, as the sons of US soldiers, had undergone football training in European countries. He called Timothy Chandler , Fabian Johnson , Jermaine Jones , Daniel Williams , Terrence Boyd and Julian Green, who grew up in Germany . Furthermore, in his first three years as national coach, he appointed the native Norwegian Mikkel Diskerud , whose mother comes from the USA, and the Icelandic Aron Jóhannsson , who was born while his parents were studying in the USA. On February 29, 2012 Klinsmann reached the first victory of a US team against Italy in a friendly in Genoa . On July 28, 2013, the US national team he was in charge of won the CONCACAF Gold Cup , with Klinsmann following the final in Chicago from the stands, as he had received a dismissal in the semifinals.

In December 2013 his contract term was extended to 2018; since then he has also been the association's technical director. At that time, the Americans had qualified as group winners of the CONCACAF qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where the team met Germany in the last group match on June 26, 2014 . She lost the game 1-0, but got through because of the better goal difference with Portugal . In the last sixteen she was eliminated against Belgium with 1: 2 nV .

In June 2015 Klinsmann won with the national team after a 0: 1 and 1: 3 deficit with 4: 3 a test match in Amsterdam against the Netherlands and 2: 1 a subsequent test match in Cologne against Germany . At the following CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2015 in their own country, however, the US team did not get past fourth place. In September 2015 Klinsmann lost the decider to take part in the national team with the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup with 2: 3 . N V. against Mexico .

In 2016, the team took part in the Copa América Centenario in the USA, where they lost 4-0 in the semi-finals against Argentina. Klinsmann was given a leave of absence on November 21, 2016 after defeats to Mexico (1: 2) and Costa Rica (0: 4) failed to kick off the decisive World Cup qualifying round. In total, he coached the US selection in 98 games.

Supervisory board and head coach at Hertha BSC

On November 8, 2019, Klinsmann was appointed to the Supervisory Board of Hertha BSC's Profi-KGaA by investor Lars Windhorst . On November 27, 2019, Klinsmann was introduced as the head coach of the Bundesliga team. At that time, on the 12th matchday of the season, the team was in 15th place with 11 points. He replaced the previous coach Ante Čović . His supervisory board mandate was suspended for this period. It was planned that Klinsmann would hold this function at least until the end of the 2019/20 season .

On February 11, 2020, Klinsmann announced his immediate resignation as head coach on Facebook , as he would miss the trust of the people involved in Hertha BSC. However, he wants to return to the supervisory board. At this point in time, Hertha was in 14th place with 23 points, with the lead on the relegation place (games at the end of the season against relegation) was six points. Interim successor as Klinsmann's head coach was his previous assistant Alexander Nouri . In an interview with Bild on the same day, Klinsmann stated that he had discussed “medium-term cooperation and competencies” with the club's officials. Klinsmann had the expectation that the head coach of a club should bear the entire sporting responsibility, similar to the one in England. This constellation is not possible in Germany, however, due to the involvement of sports directors and directors in sporting and economic decisions; Klinsmann would not find himself in it. Klinsmann is also said to have called for his salary to be increased. A Hertha functionary later described Klinsmann's salary expectations in the Tagesspiegel as "completely crazy". After Klinsmann's resignation was announced in the media, the investor Windhorst called the manner of Klinsmann's departure as “unacceptable” at a press conference and announced that he would not be reappointed to the supervisory board.

At the end of February 2020, the magazine Sport Bild published written records that Klinsmann allegedly wrote during his time as head coach and official. In it Klinsmann expresses personal and critical views on club management, functional areas and players of Hertha BSC, whereby mainly the responsible persons of the management of the club are put in a bad light. The club management then rejected the descriptions made in the notes in a press conference.

Relationship with the media

Klinsmann is said to have an aversion to the Bild newspaper . Klinsmann followed Berti Vogts in that he did not exclusively send the newspaper the game line-up one day before the start of the game. Many journalists say that this attitude is based on reciprocity, as Bild reported about Klinsmann with antipathy . In an interview with the star , Klinsmann said that the Bild newspaper had already claimed in the late 1980s that he was homosexual . Since then, the relationship has been "very tense". In 1996, the newspaper repeated this claim. Klinsmann took legal action against it and was awarded justice.

While the picture in March 2006 still had the headline “Klinsmann's insolence”, at the end of the 2006 World Cup, with the success of the German national team and the enthusiasm of the population, the reporting by the tabloid changed significantly. Klinsmann was now presented very positively and on July 6, 2006 the front page read: "Klinsi - Germany wants him to stay".

An injunction against the taz based on a satirical illustration on April 11, 2009 failed at the Munich Regional Court . The newspaper had shown him nailed to a cross in a caricature based on a Monty Python parody with the text “ Always Look on the Bright Side of Life ”. Klinsmann then went to the Munich Higher Regional Court after an unsuccessful complaint . There his application for a preliminary injunction was again rejected.

Private life and other activities

Klinsmann bakery in Botnang

After graduating from the Geschwister-Scholl-Realschule in Süßen at the Schloss-Realschule in Stuttgart, Klinsmann completed an apprenticeship in his parents' bakery in the Botnang district of Stuttgart in addition to his starting football career .

In 1995 he married the Sino-American Debbie Chin, a model from San José , and has lived with her in a villa on Huntington Beach near Los Angeles in the US state of California since 1998 . The couple have a son and a daughter. Son Jonathan has been under contract as a soccer goalkeeper with the Swiss first division club FC St. Gallen since 2019 .

Until he took up his position as national coach, Klinsmann worked as a manager of his sports management company. He previously served as assistant coach of the MLS - franchise LA Galaxy have worked. In November 2010, Toronto FC signed Klinsmann and his sports marketing company SoccerSolutions as a consultant for the club.

Klinsmann is a member of the Presidium of the Youth Football Foundation. Klinsmann is also committed to the Agapedia aid organization he founded to support children in need, which was tested by Stiftung Warentest in November 2014 as part of a study into donation organizations. He is also involved in commemorating and reconciling the Nazi regime , especially with young people at risk. He is a member of the advisory board of the Association for Learning for the Future, founded in 1993 - Association for the Preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Children's Barracks . V. and in this context has taken over the patronage for international youth exchange events several times since 1997.

Since May 2001 Klinsmann has been Vice President of the sports consulting agency SoccerSolutions in the United States. After working for the DFB as a national football coach, he returned to his company in his main area of business development .

From March 2019 to the end of February 2020, Klinsmann was a TV expert on RTL's football broadcasts .


  • Klinsmann made the shirt number "18" his trademark at the European Football Championship in 1988 .
  • When he scored goal of the month against Bayern Munich on November 14, 1987, he wore the number "3" on his back, because coach Arie Haan was impressed by astrology and he believed that exchanging shirt numbers between strikers and defenders should bring good luck - In the end, VfB Stuttgart won the game 3-0
  • He was a total of seven goalscorer of the month, only Lukas Podolski was chosen more often.
  • During his first engagement at Tottenham Hotspur, he received the derogatory nicknames Submarine Commander ("submarine commander") and Diver ("diver") from the English fans because of his perceived as theatrical way of falling after fouls . A short time later, he invented the diver as a new way of celebrating goals (the player runs up and falls flat on his stomach to slide head first across the lawn). In England this is known as Doing a Klinsmann (Dive) .
  • Also during his time at Tottenham Hotspur, Hotspur fans (who often refer to themselves as Jews) developed a fan chant to the melody of “ Chim Chim Cher-ee ” (from Mary Poppins ): “Chim-chiminee, Chim-chiminee , Chim-chim-churoo / Jürgen was a German, but now he's a Jew "
  • During his time at Bayern Munich, he was nicknamed Flipper because when he received the ball, the balls often jumped away uncontrollably.
  • Also during his time at Bayern Munich under Giovanni Trapattoni , Klinsmann was replaced on May 10, 1997 in a game against the then bottom of the table SC Freiburg (0-0) after 80 minutes for contract amateur Carsten Lakies . He called Trapattoni loudly with vai a cagare ( "go poop") and entered excited on an advertising ton the company Sanyo one. This scene attracted nationwide attention, including Sanyo. In his farewell game, Klinsmann parodied this scene by triggering the farewell fireworks with a gentle kick on a Sanyo barrel. This farewell match took place on May 24, 1999 in the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium in Stuttgart . There a VfB selection played against a world selection (the DFB did not want to allow Klinsmann to play such a farewell game). As a prominent guest u. a. Bryan Adams on site. The proceeds from the game went to charities.
  • In Italy he is known by the nickname La Pantegana bionda ("The blonde rat"), which is meant as an allusion to his supposedly big nose. The name comes from the well-known Italian trio of TV presenters Gialappa's band , who in their Sunday evening program Mai dire Gol with summaries of the soccer game day used the sentence Ma che bella settimana per la bionda pantegana ("What a beautiful week for the blonde rat") coined.
  • Klinsmann was a football expert for ZDF at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea and an expert and co-commentator at RTL at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa .
  • Klinsmann has been a member of Hertha BSC since 2004 . His membership number is 18, his former jersey number.
  • In June 2006, a street was named after him in Klinsmann's hometown Geislingen an der Steige . The Jurgen Klinsmann-path runs along the stadium of SC Geislingen in which Klinsmann his football career had begun. The Geislingen municipal council was given the idea by a campaign by radio station bigFM . The application was approved by express procedure. After the sign that Lord Mayor Wolfgang Amann screwed on together with “ bigFM-Morgenhans ” was stolen, a new sign was attached to prevent theft.
  • After the official end of his active football career, Jürgen Klinsmann scored five goals in eight games for Orange County Blue Star at the age of 39 under the pseudonym Jay Goppingen . The coach at the time was Nick Theslof , who was second assistant coach behind Martin Vasquez at FC Bayern Munich under Klinsmann in the 2008/09 season .
  • In 2006, during the 2006 election campaign, the Berlin SPD advertised with campaign posters depicting a person who, in the opinion of the adviser to the then national coach Klinsmann, looked very similar to him. Klinsmann, who had repeatedly expressed his closeness to the SPD and supported Gerhard Schröder's candidacy for chancellor in 2002, threatened the Berlin SPD with a lawsuit if the posters were not removed; political influence, albeit unwanted, seemed incompatible with the office of national coach. The posters showing the Berlin student Daniel Kind were then withdrawn.
  • Klinsmann has a flight license as a helicopter pilot and actively uses it.
  • Apart from Morten Olsen, Klinsmann is the only man who has played both as a player and as a coach in more than 100 senior international matches . For the women it managed Silvia Neid and Pia Sundhage .


As a player

National team

Club teams

Awards and records

As a trainer


  • Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling: Strategists of the game - The legendary football coaches , Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 3-89533-475-8 , p. 332 ff.
  • Jens Mende: Jürgen Klinsmann - How we become world champions , Südwest-Verlag, Munich 2006, ISBN 3-517-08208-2 .
  • Michael Horeni: Klinsmann. Striker coach world champion . Scherz, Frankfurt / Main 2005, ISBN 3-502-15045-1 .
  • Mary Thürmer and Markus Götting: Jürgen Klinsmann - From world champion to superstar . Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-453-09799-8 .
  • Hans Blickensdörfer: Jürgen Klinsmann , Engelhorn Verlag, Stuttgart 1995, ISBN 3-87203-206-2 .

Web links

Commons : Jürgen Klinsmann  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Stefan Hermanns and Michael Rosentritt: Hertha BSC sign Jonathan Klinsmann. In: tagesspiegel.de . July 11, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017 .
  3. Sports funding by the Bundeswehr. truppen.info - The independent Bundeswehr portal , archived from the original on April 2, 2015 ; Retrieved April 29, 2015 .
  4. Jürgen Klinsmann Das Kickersarchiv, accessed on June 23, 2014.
  5. 11 Friends: "Klinsi stood crying in front of me" , February 15, 2008 (accessed on June 20, 2012)
  6. ^ Thürmer / Götting: Jürgen Klinsmann - From world champion to superstar . 1996, p. 75 f.
  7. ^ Blickensdörfer: Jürgen Klinsmann . 1995, p. 55 f.
  8. ^ Thürmer / Götting: Jürgen Klinsmann - From world champion to superstar . 1996, p. 99.
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