Jürgen Klinsmann was among the best strikers in the 1990's. He won the FIFA World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship in 1996. He won German player of the year twice.
Photo used with permission Jürgen Klinsmann During his career, Jürgen played for several teams in Germany, England, Italy, France, and the USA. He managed the German national team from 2004 to 2006 and Bayern Munich from 2008 to 2009. Today he is the team manager of the United States soccer team.
Childhood and early years
Jürgen Klinsmann was born on July, 30, 1964, in Göppingen, Germany. He is the son of Siegfried and Martha Klinsmann. Klinsmann has three brothers. He started his soccer career playing for TB Gingen.
In one of his games, he scored 16 goals and people began to recognize his potential. Being 10 years old, Klinsmann moved to SC Geislingen. Four years later, Klinsmann's father bought a bakery in Stuttgart and Jürgen signed a contract with Stuttgarter Kickers. He became part of the senior squad in 1983 after had finished an apprenticeship at his father's bakery.
One of his former coaches from his time at Stuttgarter Kickers says that Jürgen was the most ambitious player he had ever seen in his life.
In the summer of 1983, Klinsmann decided not to spend the holidays at the beach. He practiced with one of the best German athletic coaches and improved his acceleration very much in this summer.
In 1984, Klinsmann moved to city rival and German Bundesliga team, VFB Stuttgart. He scored 15 goals in his debut season and was the team's second best scorer. He became the Bundesliga top scorer in the 1987/1988 season with 19 goals. He also made his debut for the German national team against Brazil that season.
After the 1989 season, he was transferred to the Italian giants, Inter Milan. He was one of the most popular foreign players in the Italian league because he had learned Italian and tried to be part of the Italian culture.
In 1990, Klinsmann won the FIFA World Cup with Germany and 1 year later the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan.
Jürgen spent 3 good years in Italy before he moved to a France team, AS Monaco. He won the national championship with France in his first year. In 1994, he criticized the team's people responsible and left the club to play for Tottenham Hotspur where he stayed only one year.
He also played for German record champion Bayern Munich, Sampdoria Genoa, and Tottenham Hotspurs in the following years, before he ended his career in 2004 playing for American soccer club Orange County Blue Star.
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