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|Date of birth||30 July 1964|
|Place of birth||Göppingen, West Germany|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1997–1998||→ Tottenham Hotspur (loan)||15||(9)|
|2003||Orange County Blue Star||8||(5)|
|1980–1981||West Germany U-16||3||(0)|
|1984–1985||West Germany U-21||8||(3)|
|1987–1988||West Germany Olympic||14||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jürgen Klinsmann (born 30 July 1964 in Göppingen) is a German football manager and former player who is currently the coach of the United States men's national team. As a player, Klinsmann played for several prominent clubs in Europe and was part of the West German team that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the German one that won the 1996 UEFA European Championship. One of Germany's premier strikers during the 1990s, Klinsmann scored in all six major international tournaments he participated in, from Euro 1988 to 1998 World Cup.
He managed the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup. On 12 July 2006, Klinsmann officially announced that he would step down as Germany's coach after two years in charge and be replaced by assistant coach Joachim Löw. He took over as coach of Bayern Munich in July 2008, when Ottmar Hitzfeld stepped down to take over as the head coach of the Swiss National Team. On 27 April 2009 he was released early, even though he had won five of the previous seven league games and was only three points behind league leader VfL Wolfsburg. In the jointly initiated reforms at Bayern it emerged there was a severe clash of opinions between coach and club management. On 29 July 2011, the US Soccer Federation, named Klinsmann the coach of the USMNT. Aside of his professional football life, he earned his diploma as a baker in 1984, runs a Children Charity foundation in four countries and is a certified Helicopter Pilot. In 2012, Klinsmann coached the United States to their best winning percentage in a calendar year in history.
Club career 
1972 to 1981: Youth Career 
Klinsmann is one of four sons of master baker Siegfried Klinsmann (d. 2005) and his wife Martha. At the age of eight he started playing for TB Gingen, an amateur football club in Gingen an der Fils. Six months later he scored 16 goals in a single game for his new club. At the age of ten he moved to SC Geislingen. When Klinsmann was 14 years old his father bought a bakery in Stuttgart. After the family relocated to the state capital Stuttgart, his son continued to play for SC Geislingen, even after he was spotted in a youth selection of Württemberg. At 16 Klinsmann signed a contract with Stuttgarter Kickers, at which he would turn professional two years later. His parents decided that he would first finish his apprenticeship as a baker in their family business, which he completed in 1982.
1981 to 1989: Stuttgarter Kickers and VfB Stuttgart 
Klinsmann started his professional career in 1982 at the then second division side Stuttgarter Kickers, where he had been playing since 1978 as a youth player. By 1982–83 he was already a regular starter and by the end of the 1983/1984 season had scored a total of 19 goals for his club. Horst Buhtz, a former coach of Stuttgarter Kickers recalls that Klinsmann benefited from an intensive sprint-training from Horst Allman who was one of the best sprint coaches in Germany at that time. At the beginning of the new season, he managed to improve his 100 m dash from 11.7 to 11.0 seconds.
In 1984, he moved to first division rivals VfB Stuttgart. In his first season at VfB Stuttgart, Klinsmann scored 15 goals and was the team's joint top scorer with Karl Allgöwer. Despite his goal scoring efforts, he couldn't prevent his new club from finishing tenth in the league. During both the 1985–86 and 1986–87 seasons he scored 16 goals respectively and reached the 1986 final of the German League Cup, which they lost against Bayern Munich 2–5, and Klinsmann scored the last goal of the game. In the season 1987–88 he scored 19 goals – including the legendary overhead kick against Bayern Munich – and was Bundesliga's top goalscorer. In 1987 he also got his first cap for the German National Team against Brazil, which ended in a 1–1 draw.
In 1988, the 24 year old Klinsmann was named German Footballer of the Year. After reaching the 1988–89 UEFA Cup Final with VfB Stuttgart (which eventually lost to Maradona's inspired SSC Napoli 1–2 and 3–3), Klinsmann moved to Italian club Inter Milan and joined the ranks of two other German internationals, Lothar Matthäus and Andreas Brehme.
1989 to 1992: Three years with Inter and world champion in Italy 
Klinsmann signed a three-year contract with Inter Milan. In spite of the heavily defensive orientated tactics of head coach Giovanni Trapattoni, Klinsmann scored 13 goals in the most competitive league at the time. He was one of the most popular foreign players in Italy, mostly because he had learnt Italian and earned himself the respect of the fans with his appearance and language skills.
After finishing third in the Serie A, Klinsmann was called up for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. After qualifying for the round of 16 without any problems, Germany was to play the Netherlands, against which they lost 2 years earlier in the European Championship. It was to be Klinsmann's best international game. After Rudi Völler was sent off in the 22nd minute, Klinsmann was forced to play as a lone striker. He delivered a running and pressure performance with which he occupied the entire Dutch defence, scored the 1–0 opener and was a constant threat. The next day, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote the following about Klinsmann: "In the last decade, not a single forward of a DFB team has offered such a brilliant, almost perfect performance." After further victories over Czechoslovakia (1–0) and England (1–1 after extra time, 4–3 on penalties), he became world champion after beating Argentina 1–0 in the final. Klinsmann is remembered for being fouled by the Argentinian Pedro Monzón, who was subsequently sent off, reducing Argentina to ten men.
During the next season, Klinsmann won the UEFA Cup with Inter (2–1 on aggregate against AS Roma) and repeated his previous performance in the league with 14 goals. Klinsmann's contract was extended until 1994. But a disastrous 1991–92 season made all plans fall through. Inter Milan never managed to gain any momentum under coach Corrado Orrico and finished eighth in the league, with Klinsmann only scoring seven goals and the team being divided and fragmented into groups. It was clear for Klinsmann that this would be his last season at Inter Milan. Because of the poor season at Inter Milan Klinsmann temporarily lost his position in the starting 11 in the German National Team to Karl-Heinz Riedle. Only due to an arm fracture of Rudi Völler did Klinsmann regain his starting place for Germany in the opening game of Euro 1992 against the CIS. His performances improved from game to game during the European Championship and he was one of the best[dubious ] in the final against Denmark, which Germany lost 0–2.
1992 to 1994: AS Monaco 
After UEFA Euro 1992, Klinsmann moved to AS Monaco and catapulted the club to a second place finish in Ligue 1 in his first season. After the bribery scandal by Olympique Marseille and their subsequent disqualification as league winners, AS Monaco were to replace them in the Champions League the following year. AS Monaco reached the semi-final before finally losing to eventual winners AC Milan. The following season AS Monaco only managed a 9th place finish in the league and Klinsmann, who had missed two months due to a torn ligament, was mostly deployed as a lone-striker and started criticizing the attitude of his teammates. In 1994 he left the club early, with one more year remaining on his contract. Despite being knocked out of World Cup 94 against Bulgaria in the quarter-finals, it was nevertheless a successful tournament for Klinsmann who had scored a total of five goals and won Germany's Footballer of the Year award for the second time.
1994 to 1995: Tottenham Hotspur 
Somewhat surprisingly, for the 1994–95 season Klinsmann moved to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, where the fans and media were very critical of the German, partly because he played in the 1990 Germany team that knocked England out of the World Cup, and partly because of his reputation as a diver. He was signed by Spurs in July 1994 from AS Monaco of France for £2million. On his debut against Sheffield Wednesday he scored a header and immediately won over fans by self-deprecatingly diving to the ground as a celebration. A Guardian journalist that had written an article called "Why I Hate Jürgen Klinsmann", wrote another two months later called "Why I Love Jürgen Klinsmann". Klinsmann went on to win the 1995 Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year.
Because of his humour, but also because of his athletic achievements and his combative playing style, he quickly became extremely popular in England. Over 150,000 Klinsmann shirts were sold. Klinsmann now holds legendary status at Spurs and was inducted into Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
He scored 20 goals in the 1994–95 season for Spurs, and a total of 29 in all competitions, which included a late winner against Liverpool in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. He also found the net in the semi-final, but Spurs missed out on a place in the final by losing the game 4–1 to Everton.
1995 to 1998: Later career 
He then had a successful spell at FC Bayern Munich during the 1995–96 and 1996–97 season. During both seasons he was the top goalscorer at his club, won the 1995–96 UEFA Cup and set a new goalscoring record of 15 goals in 12 games during the competition (a record that stood until 2011). A year later, he also became German champion as he won the Bundesliga. Klinsmann then briefly moved to Italy for Sampdoria, but left the team again in the winter and returned to Tottenham Hotspur. During his second stint at Tottenham in the 1997–98 season, Klinsmann's goals saved the club from relegation, particularly the four goals he scored in a 6–2 win at Wimbledon F.C. He was to play the last game of his club career in 1998 on the final day of the Premier League against Southampton.
International career 
Klinsmann had a fruitful international career, seeing his first West Germany duty in 1987 and ultimately collecting 108 caps, which makes him third most capped player behind Lothar Matthäus and Miroslav Klose. Klinsmann scored 47 goals for West Germany/Germany in top-level international matches, sharing the all-time third place with Rudi Völler, and only surpassed by Gerd Müller's record of 68 goals for the national team and by Miroslav Klose's 67 goals.
He participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics, winning a bronze medal; the 1988, 1992 and 1996 European Championships, reaching the final in 1992 and becoming champion in 1996. Klinsmann was the first player ever to score in three different UEFA European Championships. Three other players – Vladimir Smicer, Thierry Henry, and Nuno Gomes – have equalled this record since.
He was also an important part of the West German team at the World Cup finals of 1990 (in which he scored three goals), 1994 (five goals), and 1998 (three goals), winning the World Cup in 1990. He was the first player ever to score at least three goals in three consecutive World Cups, later joined by Ronaldo of Brazil and Miroslav Klose. He is currently the sixth highest goalscorer at World Cups overall and the third highest goalscorer for Germany in this competition behind Miroslav Klose and Gerd Müller who both have 14.
Coaching career 
German national team 
On 26 July 2004, he returned to Germany as the new coach of the national team, succeeding former teammate and strike partner Rudi Völler. Klinsmann subsequently embarked on an aggressive program to revamp the management of the team. Bringing fellow German striker Oliver Bierhoff on board helped diffuse public relations duties of the previous combined post away from the actual coaching aspect of the position. Furthermore, he created a youth movement to breathe life into an aging squad on the heels of a disastrous showing at Euro 2004. In the run up to the 2006 World Cup, Klinsmann attracted criticism from German fans and the media following poor results, such as the 4–1 loss to Italy. A particular subject of criticism was that Klinsmann commuted to Germany from the United States, which was the target of a campaign by the "Bild" tabloid. It should be noted that Klinsmann had previously eliminated some privileges Bild traditionally had with the national team, such as receiving the team lineup the day before a match, and 24/7 exclusive access to the team. His largely offensive tactics have irritated some, who complain that he ignores defensive football. He announced a squad of young players for the 2006 World Cup, basing his selection policy on performance, not reputation.
During the 2005 Confederations Cup, he regularly rotated his goalkeepers regardless of their performances, which drew the ire of Bayern Munich's Oliver Kahn. On 7 April 2006, Klinsmann finally decided to relegate Kahn to the bench and designated Arsenal's Jens Lehmann as his first choice goalkeeper. This choice followed Lehmann's performances in the 2006 Champions League in which his Arsenal team bowed out in the final against Barcelona.
In the 2006 World Cup, the performances of Klinsmann's team silenced his critics. The team recorded three straight wins against Costa Rica, Poland and Ecuador in the first round, earning Germany first place in Group A. The first game of the knock out stage was a 2–0 victory over Sweden, and in the quarter-finals, Klinsmann's team defeated Argentina, winning 4–2 on penalties. The teams drew 1–1 after 120 minutes after an equalising goal from Miroslav Klose in the 80th minute.
In the semi-final on 4 July, Germany lost a close match with Italy 2–0 after goals in the final minutes of extra time from Fabio Grosso and Alessandro Del Piero. After the match, Klinsmann praised the performance of his young team. They beat Portugal 3–1 in the third place play-off, where he played Kahn instead of Jens Lehmann. The victory triggered a massive Berlin parade the following day where Klinsmann and the team were honoured by the public.
Afterward, Franz Beckenbauer, previously a strident critic of Klinsmann's, declared his desire to see Klinsmann continue as coach. There was also widespread public support for Klinsmann due to his team's spirit and attacking style of play. The team's strong performance is thought by some to have renewed national pride and restored Germany's reputation as a top footballing nation. Due to his success coaching the national team, Klinsmann was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz. He was even referred to as "Kaiser", a term meaning "emperor" in German, usually reserved for German footballing greats, e.g. Franz Beckenbauer.
Despite the highly acclaimed performance at the World Cup and the praise earned, Klinsmann declined to renew his contract, informing the DFB of his decision on 11 July 2006. The decision was officially announced by the DFB on 12 July 2006. Klinsmann's assistant Joachim Löw was appointed as the new head trainer at the same press conference. Klinsmann said "My big wish is to go back to my family, to go back to leading a normal life with them ... After two years of putting in a lot of energy, I feel I lack the power and the strength to continue in the same way."
Bayern Munich 
In July 2008 Klinsmann took over as coach of Bayern Munich, succeeding Ottmar Hitzfeld. Klinsmann helped design a new player development and performance center for Bayern and then launched into molding the team for the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League campaigns. Under his guidance, Bayern reached the quarter final of the Champions League, losing to eventual champion FC Barcelona.
Bayern's record during the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League was six wins, three draws, and one loss (to Barcelona). In the Bundesliga, Bayern was only threepoints off first place, with five matches to play, when Klinsmann was replaced as head coach due to a difference of opinion with the club's Board of Directors. Bayern's record under Klinsmann during the 2008–09 Bundesliga season was 16 wins, six draws, and seven losses.
United States 
On 29 February 2012, the U.S. national team recorded a historic 1–0 victory in a friendly match away against Italy. It was the first win against the four-time FIFA World Cup champion, stopping the 10-match winless streak against Italy dating back to 1934. The US also broke Italy's 20 game winning streak against all opponents at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa. On 15 August 2012, Klinsmann coached the United States to a historic win against long time rivals Mexico 1–0 in the Estadio Azteca, giving the USA their first victory over Mexico in the stadium. In 2012 Kinsmann coached the U.S. to their best winning percentage in a calendar year in history.
In 1995 Klinsmann and some of his close friends founded the children charity foundation “Agapedia” which stems from the Greek language and translates to “Love for Children”. In 1997 Klinsmann, acting as the captain of the German National Team, visited the Holocaust memorial place Yad Vashem in Israel alongside his coach Berti Vogts. This visit was televised around the globe and drew worldwide attention. Klinsmann is also a board member of the German Initiative “Für die Zukunft lernen” which means “Learning for the future” and supports the education of young people about the holocaust. In May 1999, Klinsmann donated all the proceeds from his farewell game (more than $1 million) to different children charity organizations. The game was a sell-out with 54,000 fans in Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena. Famous personalities such as Bryan Adams, Boris Becker and many others contributed to this event.
Personal life 
Klinsmann's family operates a bakery in Stuttgart's Botnang district and consequently he is sometimes affectionately referred to as the "baker's son from Botnang". Klinsmann is in fact a journeyman baker, having served an apprenticeship. He is married to American Debbie Chin, a former model, and lives in Huntington Beach, California. Klinsmann is fluent in five languages and one of his hobbies is flying Helicopters in Southern California.
Career statistics 
Club career statistics 
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|1981–82||Stuttgarter Kickers||2. Bundesliga||6||1|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1989–90||Internazionale Milano||Serie A||31||13||4||2||2||0||37||15|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1994–95||Tottenham Hotspur||Premier League||41||21||6||5||3||4||50||30|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1997–98||Tottenham Hotspur||Premier League||15||9|
International statistics 
National team statistics 
|Germany national team|
International Goals 
|1.||27 April 1988||Fritz Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern, West Germany||Switzerland||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2.||14 June 1988||Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen, West Germany||Denmark||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 1988|
|3.||4 October 1989||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, West Germany||Finland||3–0||6–1||FIFA World Cup 1990 qualifying|
|4.||25 April 1990||Neckarstadion, Stuttgart, West Germany||Uruguay||3–2||3–3||Friendly|
|5.||10 June 1990||Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy||Yugoslavia||2–0||4–1||FIFA World Cup 1990|
|6.||15 June 1990||Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy||United Arab Emirates||2–0||5–1||FIFA World Cup 1990|
|7.||24 June 1990||Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy||Netherlands||1–0||2–1||FIFA World Cup 1990|
|8.||10 October 1990||Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden||Sweden||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|9.||31 October 1990||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||1–0||3–2||UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying|
|10.||18 June 1992||Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden||Netherlands||1–2||1–3||UEFA Euro 1992|
|11.||20 December 1992||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||4–0||4–1||Friendly|
|12.||14 April 1993||Ruhrstadion, Bochum, Germany||Ghana||3–1||6–1||Friendly|
|13.||14 April 1993||Ruhrstadion, Bochum, Germany||Ghana||5–1||6–1||Friendly|
|14.||10 June 1993||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., USA||Brazil||1–3||3–3||U.S. Cup|
|15.||10 June 1993||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., USA||Brazil||3–3||3–3||U.S. Cup|
|16.||13 June 1993||Soldier Field, Chicago, USA||United States||1–0||4–3||U.S. Cup|
|17.||19 June 1993||Silverdome, Pontiac, USA||England||2–1||2–1||U.S. Cup|
|18.||23 March 1994||Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany||Italy||1–1||2–1||Friendly|
|19.||23 March 1994||Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany||Italy||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|20.||2 June 1994||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria||Austria||3–0||5–1||Friendly|
|21.||17 June 1994||Soldier Field, Chicago, USA||Bolivia||1–0||1–0||FIFA World Cup 1994|
|22.||21 June 1994||Soldier Field, Chicago, USA||Spain||1–1||1–1||FIFA World Cup 1994|
|23.||27 June 1994||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, USA||South Korea||1–0||3–2||FIFA World Cup 1994|
|24.||27 June 1994||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, USA||South Korea||3–0||3–2||FIFA World Cup 1994|
|25.||2 July 1994||Soldier Field, Chicago, USA||Belgium||2–1||3–2||FIFA World Cup 1994|
|26.||16 November 1994||Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania||Albania||1–0||2–1||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|27.||14 December 1994||Chişinău, Moldova||Moldova||2–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|28.||18 December 1994||Fritz Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany||Albania||2–0||2–1||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|29.||29 March 1995||Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia||Georgia||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|30.||29 March 1995||Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia||Georgia||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|31.||7 June 1995||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||Bulgaria||1–0||2–3||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|32.||11 October 1995||Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, Wales||Wales||2–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|33.||15 November 1995||Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany||Bulgaria||1–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|34.||15 November 1995||Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany||Bulgaria||3–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|35.||24 April 1996||Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|36.||4 June 1996||Carl-Benz-Stadion, Mannheim, Germany||Liechtenstein||8–1||9–1||Friendly|
|37.||16 June 1996||Old Trafford, Manchester, England||Russia||2–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 1996|
|38.||16 June 1996||Old Trafford, Manchester, England||Russia||3–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 1996|
|39.||23 June 1996||Old Trafford, Manchester, England||Croatia||1–0||2–1||UEFA Euro 1996|
|40.||4 September 1996||Ernest Pohl Stadium, Zabrze, Poland||Poland||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|41.||9 October 1996||Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia||Armenia||2–0||5–1||FIFA World Cup 1998 qualifying|
|42.||10 September 1997||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany||Armenia||1–0||4–0||FIFA World Cup 1998 qualifying|
|43.||10 September 1997||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany||Armenia||2–0||4–0||FIFA World Cup 1998 qualifying|
|44.||5 June 1998||Carl-Benz-Stadion, Mannheim, Germany||Luxembourg||2–0||7–0||Friendly|
|45.||15 June 1998||Parc des Princes, Paris, France||United States||2–0||2–0||FIFA World Cup 1998|
|46.||25 June 1998||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France||Iran||2–0||2–0||FIFA World Cup 1998|
|47.||29 June 1998||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France||Mexico||1–1||2–1||FIFA World Cup 1998|
Managerial record 
- As of 27 March 2013
|Germany||26 July 2004||11 July 2006||34||20||8||6||81||43||+38||58.82|
|Bayern Munich||1 July 2008||27 April 2009||43||25||9||9||97||55||+42||58.14|
|United States||1 August 2011||Present||25||12||6||7||30||22||+8||48.00|
- West German Footballer of the Year: 1988
- German Footballer of the Year: 1994
- FWA Footballer of the Year: 1995 (Tottenham Hotspur)
- IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year: 1
- 108 caps for West Germany/Germany (47 goals)
- 14 Olympic caps (8 goals)
- 8 Under-21 caps (3 goals)
- 3 Under-16 caps
- Statistics refer to League games/goals only (except for international games).
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