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Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann
Complete Name: Jurgen Klinsmann
Nationality: German
Place of Birth: Göppingen, Germany
Date of Birth: July 30, 1964
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 76 kg
National Team: Germany
Current Club: Retired
Position: Striker


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Club career history

Stuttgarter Kickers (Germany), VfB Stuttgart (Germany), Bayern Munich (Germany), AS Monaco (France), Inter Milan (Italy), Sampdoria (Italy), Tottenham Hotspur (England)


1988 Olympic Bronze medal in Seoul
1988 German Footballer of the year
1988 Bundesliga Top-Goalscorer (19 goals)
1990 World Cup Winner with "Germany"
1991 UEFA-Cup Winner with "Internazionale FC"
1994 German Footballer of the year
1995 England's Footballer of the year
1996 European Champion with "Germany"
1996 UEFA-Cup Winner with "Bayern Munich"
1997 Bundesliga Champion with "Bayern Munich"


Jürgen Klinsmann (born July 30, 1964) is a German football manager (coach) and former football player. He played as a striker and his blond hair and scoring ability earned him the nickname "Golden Bomber". Klinsmann's family operates a bakery in the Stuttgart suburb of Botnang and consequently he is sometimes affectionally referred to as the "baker's son from Botnang". Klinsman is in fact a trained baker.

Klinsmann was born in Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg. He was first introduced to football at the age of eight, playing every position in his youth, including goalkeeper. He started his professional career at the age of seventeen at Stuttgarter Kickers, which at the time was a second division club. In 1984 he joined the more prestigious Stuttgart club VfB Stuttgart, a perennial first division member.

Besides playing for German clubs VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, Klinsmann played in many countries around Europe - at AS Monaco in France, Internazionale and Sampdoria in Italy, and twice at Tottenham Hotspur in England. Whilst at Spurs he responded to claims about diving when challenged, by creating a goal celebration of "diving" onto the pitch on his front. This goal celebration is known in England as "doing a Klinsmann". During his second stint at Spurs, Klinsmann decided to retire from playing professional football in the summer of 1998 after the World Cup.

Klinsmann had a fruitful international career, seeing his first Germany duty in 1987 and in the end collecting 108 caps along with 47 international 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; and the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cup, winning the World Cup in 1990. He retired from the national team after the 1998 World Cup.

Upon retiring from active play, Klinsmann started his commercial career. He became the vice-president of a sports marketing consultancy based in the United States and was involved in Major League Soccer as part of the Los Angeles Galaxy team.

On 26 July 2004, he returned to Germany as the new coach of the national team, succeeding Rudi Völler. Klinsmann has embarked on an aggressive program to revamp the management of the team and bringing fellow German striker Oliver Bierhoff on board has helped diffuse public relations duties of the previous combined post away from the actual coaching aspect of the position. Furthermore, he has created a youth movement to breathe life into an aging squad on the heels of a disastrous showing at Euro 2004. The end goal of his current position is the 2006 World Cup in Germany and as of 2005 he is fully engaged in preparing his team.

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