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Top facts about Jurgen Klinsmann

The top fact about the first class striker of Germans, Jurgen Klinsmann, is that he has played 514 matches, scored 232 goals, won several club titles and FIFA World Cup in 1990. Read on to find out more facts about Jurgen Klinsmann.

Klinsmann was a goal hunter and helped his country national team to win greatest glories. He competed in 3 World cups and 3 UEFA Euro championships. This magnificent player won 1990 World Cup and six years after that great achievement, he won 1996 UEFA European championship.

There is no doubt that Klinsmann was a great player but he was a lucky man too because he played beside best players of the 1990s in Germany national team, and their manager in 1990 World Cup was great Kaiser of football, Franz Beckenbauer


With this great team they managed to win Argentina in finals, even Diego Armando Maradona couldn't help his team and it was Germans that took revenge of 1986 World Cup loss in the finals


In 1995, he came in third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award behind Paolo Maldini and George Weah both from

A.C. Milan

, in 1992, 1994, and 1996 he was between top ten players


In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the "125 Greatest Living Footballers". On 3 November 2016, he became the fifth player to be named as honorary captain of Germany after Fritz Walter, Uwe Seeler, Franz Beckenbauer, and Lothar Mathaus.

The followings are some facts about Jurgen Klinsmann, German footballer and manager:

Klinsmann played for several prominent clubs in Europe including VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, and Bayern Munich. He was a fan favorite player during his career in every club, he played for.

Fans loved him because he played with all he had even in his last years as a player and he's known as a hardwork player between all his teammates. But aside from his talents on the pitch, he was a player that never wanted to be on the spotlight out of the pitch.

As one of Germany's premier strikers during the 1990s, he scored in all six major international tournaments he participated in, from Euro 1988 to the 1998 World Cup. In three of these major international tournaments he reached the finals and won two of them.

Jürgen Klinsmann biography

Jürgen Klinsmann, born July 30, 1964, Göppingen, West Germany, was a German football (soccer) player and coach and one of the best strikers of his time.

Klinsmann’s age

is 56in 2020.

Klinsmann parents

had four sons. Jurgen is the son of a master baker, Siegfried Klinsmann (died 2005) and his wife Martha and he has three brothers. At age eight, he began playing for TB Gingen, an amateur soccer club in Gingen an der Fils. After two years and at age 10 he moved to SC Geislingen.

His next club was Stuttgarter Kickers which he joined to in 1978 and that was the club where he would turn professional two years later. His parents decided he should first finish his apprenticeship as a baker in their family business, which he completed in 1982.

Klinsmann parents wouldn’t spare him to play expert football before he concluded his apprenticeship with the household’s bakery. There is not enough information about

Klinsmann’s childhood

though as it goes back to several decades ago.

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Jurgen Klinsmann wife

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Jurgen Klinsmann is that in 1995, he married to Debbie Chin, an American former model, and lives in Huntington Beach, California


Klinsmann and his wife have two children, Jonathan and Laila. There is not enough information about

Klinsmann’s children

but we know that his son, Jonathan, a goalkeeper, has been capped at age group level for the United States U-20 team. He is a U.S. citizen.

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Klinsmann’s past affairs or girlfriends have not been disclosed through any social media.

Jurgen Klinsmann professional career

In 1982, Klinsmann began his professional career in 2.Bundesliga, the second division of professional football in Germany. By the end of the 1983-84 seasons, he had scored 19 goals for the club.

Horst Buhtz, a Stuttgarter Kickers former coach, recalls Klinsmann benefited from intensive 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, Klinsmann moved to VfB Stuttgart to play in


the top league of the German football. In his first season at the club, he scored 15 goals and was the team's joint top scorer. Despite his goal scoring efforts, he could not prevent his new club from finishing tenth in the league.

During each of the 1985–86 and 1986–87 seasons, he scored 16 goals and reached the 1986 final of the DFB-Pokal, losing against

Bayern Munich

2–5, but scoring the last goal of the match. In the 1987–88 season, he scored 19 goals and was the Bundesliga's top goalscorer.

In 1988, the 24-year-old Klinsmann was named German Footballer of the Year. After reaching the 1988–89 UEFA Cup final with Stuttgart and losing to Diego Maradona's inspired Napoli 5–3 on aggregate.

He scored 19 goals in that season. Klinsmann moved to Italian club

Inter Milan

on a three-year contract, joining two other German players, Lothar Matthäus and Andreas Brehme. Klinsmann scored 13 goals as the Nerazzurri finished third in Serie A.

During the next season, Klinsmann won the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan and repeated his previous performance in the league with 14 goals.

Klinsmann became 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 UEFA Euro 1992, and playing three seasons in Italy, Klinsmann moved to French team Monaco and catapulted the club to a second-place finish in the league in his first season. After the bribery scandal by Marseille and their subsequent disqualification as league winners, Monaco replaced them in the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League.

They did a great job and reached the semi-final but finally losed to eventual winners Milan. The following season,


only managed a ninth-place finish in the league.

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.

Klinsmann moved to

Tottenham Hotspur

in the

Premier League

for the 1994–95 season, where the fans and media were very critical of the German player, partly because he played in the 1990 West Germany team and won England at the semifinals of the World Cup, and partly because of his reputation as a diver.

A Guardian journalist who 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.

He now holds legendary status at Spurs with scoring 29 goals in a single season and was inducted into Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

Klinsmann then moved to the Bavarians and had a successful spell at Bayern Munich during the 1995–96 and 1996–97 season. He was the club's top goalscorer during both seasons, and won the 1995–96 UEFA Cup by defeating Bordeaux in final match.

He had a big part in this championship by setting a new goalscoring record of 15 goals in 12 matches during the competition (a record that stood until 2011). A year later he also became German champion as he won the Bundesliga title.

After two seasons and with scoring 48 goals for the Bavarians Klinsmann moved to Italy another time to play for


but he left the team in winter and returned to London to play another season for Tottenham Hotspur.

During his last season as a player in Europe in the 1997-98 season he saved the team from relegation.He played the last match of his club career in Europe in 1998 against



After retiring and moving to the United States, in 2003, Klinsmann at the age of 39 played for

Orange County Blue Star, an amateur team in the fourth-tier Premier Development League.

Klinsmann international career

Klinsmann made his first international appearance for West Germany in 1987 in a friendly match against Brazil. Between 1987 to 1998, in eleven years Klinsmann managed to collect 108 caps which makses him the country's sixth-most capped player behind Lothar Matthäus, Miroslav  Klose ,Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm

Klinsmann scored 47 goals for West Germany/Germany in top-level international matches, sharing the all-time fourth place with Rudi Völler, and only surpassed by Klose's record of 71 goals for the national team, Gerd Müller's 68 goals and Podolski's 49.

Klinsmann scored 11 goals in the FIFA World Cup, ranking sixth all-time. Between German players he's in third place behind Gerd Muller and Miroslav Klose. He participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics, winning a bronze medal.

He participated in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 UEFA European Championships, reaching the final in 1992 and becoming champion in 1996.

Klinsmann was the first player to score in three different European Championships. Five other players – Vladimír Šmicer, Thierry Henry,

Zlatan Ibrahimović

, Nuno Gomes and

Cristiano Ronaldo

– have since equalled this record.

Klinsmann was an important player for West German team during the

1990 FIFA World Cup

. After they qualified for the round of 16, Germany was to play the


, After

Rudi Völler

was sent off in the 22nd minute, Klinsmann was forced to play as a lone striker. He scored the 1–0 opener and his performance received considerable praise.

After further victories over


(1–0) and


(1–1 after extra time, 4–3 on penalties), he became a world champion after beating


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.

Many critics called the incident a prime example of Klinsmann's diving, a claim he contradicted. In an interview in 2004, he noted that the foul left a 15 cm gash on his shin.

Klinsmann also competed for the unified Germany team at the


World Cup and scored five goals in that tournament, and in


World Cup he managed to score three goals to become the first player to score at least three goals in three consecutive World Cups, later joined by

Ronaldo of Brazil and compatriot Miroslav Klose.

Jurgen Klinsmann c

oaching career

After 18 years of professional football playing and wining many trophies both in club teams and national team it was time to hang the shoes for this goal hunter striker of Germans.

On 26 July 2004, Klinsmann returned to Germany as the new head coach of the national team, he replaced former teammate and strike partner Rudi Völler. Another noticeable

fact about Jurgen Klinsmann

is that as a coach, he announced a squad of young players for the 2006 World Cup, basing his selection policy on performance, not reputation.

Since they were host of that tournament the expectations were high and Klinsmann and his young team knew that.They managed to win all three matches and earned first place of group. In first knockout stage they won Sweden and they had to play against Argentina in the next round.

Germans managed to win in the penalties but eventually they lost the semifinal match to Italy and had to play against Portugal in the third place match.They won 3-2 and achieved the bronze medal of the tournament.

The victory triggered a massive parade in Berlin the following day where Klinsmann and the team were honored by the public.

Despite the highly acclaimed performance at the World Cup and the praise earned, Klinsmann declined to renew his contract, informing the

German Football Association

(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 coach 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."

Later on, in 2008, Klinsmann was appointed the coach to the Bavarians, Bayern Munich, the club he played from 1995 to 1997. Klinsmann helped design a new player development and performance center for Bayern and then launched into molding the team for the Bundesliga and 2008–09 Champions League campaigns.

Under his guidance, Bayern reached the quarter-final of the Champions League, losing to eventual champion Barcelona. Klinsmann was sacked on 27 April 2009with five matches remaining. His final match was a 1–0 loss to Schalke 04.

Bayern were in third-place at the time of the sacking. Klinsmann finished with a record of 25 wins, nine draws, and 10 losses in all competitions.

In 2011, he was appointed the manager of the national team of the United States. Klinsmann’s first year of heading the U.S. team was uneventful and led to public speculation that his job might already be in jeopardy, but in 2013 he guided the team to a national-record 12-game winning streak, which was capped off with a Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup tournament victory.

The USMNT then had a great performance at the 2014 World Cup, surviving the so-called “group of death” to qualify for the 16-team knockout round, in which it was eliminated by Belgium in a close match.

The team placed fourth in the 2016 Copa América Centenario tournament, but it had failed to demonstrate the marked improvement and well-defined style of play that many thought the hiring of Klinsmann would bring.

In November 2016, after the team lost its first two games in CONCACAF qualification play for the 2018 World Cup—which included the team’s first-ever home loss to rival Mexico—Klinsmann was fired from the USMNT.

In November 2019 Klinsmann became manager of Hertha Berlin. On 11 February 2020, he announced via Facebook that he would step down as coach after having been in this position for just ten weeks.

Despite stating his intention of remaining part of the club's supervisory board, he was ultimately barred from doing so as Hertha's investor Lars Windhorst publicly criticized his behavior, calling the manner of his departure "unacceptable".

Jürgen Klinsmann club career statistics

Between 1981-1984, Klinsmann played for Stuttgarter Kickers in 2.Bundesliga. In three seasons he managed to play 65 games and scoring 25 goals.

In 1984 he joined VfB Stuttgart in first division.He played five seasons there and managed to play 186 games and scored 94 goals which made him sixth player in ranking of VfB Stutgart's best scorers of all time.

After five seasons playing in Bundesliga, in 1989 he joined one of the best Italian teams, Inter Milan. In three seasons playing for them, he played 123 matches and scored 40 goals.

In 1992, he left Italy to play for French team, A S Monaco. He played 84 matches and scored 36 goals for his team.

In 1994-1995 season, he joined English team, Tottenham Hotspur. Klinsmann set a good scoring record in that single season playing for Spurs. He played 50 matches and scored 29 goals.

After a good season with spurs Klinsmann left England to play for best German football team, FC Bayern München. Despite his aging, he could play 84 matches and scored 48 goals in two seasons.  

In 1997, he returned Italy to play for Sampdoria. In his last season as a player in Italy he played 10 matches and only scored 2 goals.

In the 1997–98 season, he returned to England to play another season for Tottenham Hotspur. In his last season as a player in Europe, he played 18 matches and scored 9 goals for them.

Jürgen Klinsmann honors as a player

Jürgen Klinsmann played 11 years for Germany national football team from 1987 to 1998. From 1987 to 1990 before German reunification he played 26 games for West Germany and scored 7 goals and from 1990 to 1998 he played 82 matches and scored 40 goals for his country under name of Germany as we know them today.

Jürgen Klinsmann club career honors

Inter Milan
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 1989

  • UEFA Cup: 1990–91

Bayern Munich
  • Bundesliga: 1996–97

  • UEFA Cup: 1995–96

Jürgen Klinsmann international career honors

  • West Germany/Germany:

    FIFA World Cup (1990)

  • UEFA European Championship (1996); runner-up (1992)

  • Summer Olympic Games (1988): Bronze medal

  • U.S. Cup (1993)

Jürgen Klinsmann Individual honors

  • Goal of the Year (Germany): 1987

  • Bundesliga top scorer: 1987–88

  • kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1987–88

  • Footballer of the Year (Germany): 1988, 1994

  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1990

  • Premier League Player of the Month: August 1994

  • Tottenham Hotspur Club Player of the Year: 1994

  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 1994–95 (Tottenham Hotspur)

  • Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 1994–95

  • ESM Team of the Year: 1994–95

  • IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer: 1995

  • Ballon d'Or runner-up: 1995

  • FIFA World Player of the Year Bronze award: 1995

  • UEFA Cup Top Scorer: 1995–96

  • FIFA XI: 1996, 1999

  • FIFA 100


Jürgen Klinsmann honors as a manager

International honors

Jurgen Klinsmann's honors as a manager are as follows:

  • FIFA World Cup third place: 2006

  • FIFA Confederations Cup third place: 2005

United States
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup: 2013

Individual honors

  • German Football Manager of the Year: 2006

  • CONCACAF Coach of the Year: 2013


Quick facts about Jürgen Klinsmann


mentioned before Jurgen's father was a baking master and it was their family job. Because of this he had to learn baking and achieved a diploma at it. His family own a bakery in Botnang, Stuttgart, they celebrated victory over Brazil in 2014 World Cup semifinals with special cookies that the result of the match was written on them!

Intelligent Jurgen is fluent in four languages - English, Italian, French, and German. It's always an issue for players to communicate with other teammates and coaching staff but Klinsmann was perfect in this field.

He was known as a diver during his playing career and when he signed for Spurs in '94, the first thing he asked the journalists at a press conference was "Are there any good diving schools in London?"


fact about Jurgen Klinsmann

will surprise you for sure! Klinsmann has a helicopter pilot's license and is known to spend his free time flying around Southern California.

Jurgen Klinsmann charity works

An amazing

fact about Jurgen Klinsmann

is that he donated all the proceeds of his sold-out testimonial game, more than $1million to children's charities.

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 Germany 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 has always shown that has a great soul with his charity works and everyone knows him as a benevolent man.

In 1990, when

the Manjil–Rudbar earthquake occurred on June 21 in northern Iran


Klinsmann reminded to the people in all around to help Earthquake victims.

Because of this, 8 years later when he faced Iran national team in 1998 World Cup, Iran's captain Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh granted him a pictorial carpet in order to show respect for what Klinsmann did for Iranians. In that match Klinsmann scored second goal of the game and his team won 2-0.

Jurgen Klinsmann net worth and salary

The final fact about Jurgen Klinsmann is his net worth and salary. Jurgen Klinsmann net worth is $16 million.

Another interesting fact about Jurgen Klinsmann is that due to his sense of humor and his athletic achievements and his combative playing style, Klinsmann quickly became extremely popular in England and over 150,000 of his shirts were sold there.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s salary

is $2.5 million.


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