Jürgen Klinsmann

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Jürgen Klinsmann
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Klinsmann in 2014
Personal information
Full nameJürgen Klinsmann [1]
Date of birth (1964-07-30) 30 July 1964 (age 54) [1]
Place of birth Göppingen, West Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1972–1974 TB Gingen
1974–1978 SC Geislingen
1978–1981 Stuttgarter Kickers
Senior career*
1981–1984 Stuttgarter 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 (21)
1995–1997 Bayern Munich 65 (31)
1997–1998 Sampdoria 8 (2)
1997–1998Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 15 (9)
2003 Orange County Blue Star 8 (5)
National team
1980–1981 West Germany U16 3 (0)
1984–1985 West Germany U21 8 (3)
1987–1988 West Germany Olympic 14 (8)
1987–1990 West Germany 26 (7)
1990–1998 Germany 82 (40)
Teams managed
2004–2006 Germany
2008–2009 Bayern Munich
2011–2016 United States
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jürgen Klinsmann (German pronunciation: [ˈjʏʁɡn̩ ˈkliːnsˌman] , born 30 July 1964) is a German football manager, pundit and former player who was most recently the head coach of the United States 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 unified German team that won the 1996 UEFA European Championship. 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 1995, he came in third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award; in 2004 he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the "125 Greatest Living Footballers". [2]

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Manager (association football) Head coach of an association football team

In association football, a manager is an occupation of head coach in the United Kingdom responsible for running a football club or a national team. Outside the British Isles and across most of Europe, a title of head coach or coach is predominant.

A pundit is a person who offers to mass media their opinion or commentary on a particular subject area on which he or she is knowledgeable, or considered a scholar in said area. The term has been increasingly applied to popular media personalities. In certain cases, it may be used in a derogatory manner as well, as the political equivalent of ideologue.


Klinsmann managed the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup. On 12 July 2006, he 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 Bundesliga club Bayern Munich in July 2008 when Ottmar Hitzfeld stepped down. On 27 April 2009, he was released early, [3] even though he had won five of the previous seven league games and was only three points behind league leader VfL Wolfsburg. During the jointly initiated reforms at Bayern, a severe clash of opinions emerged between coach and club management. [4] On 29 July 2011, the U.S. Soccer Federation named Klinsmann the coach of the United States men's national team. [5] In 2013 he won the CONCACAF Gold Cup with the United States and was named CONCACAF Coach of the Year 2013. He led the United States team to the round of 16 of the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

2006 FIFA World Cup 18th FIFA World Cup, held in Germany in 2006

The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany, which won the right to host the event in July 2000. Teams representing 198 national football associations from all six populated continents participated in the qualification process which began in September 2003. Thirty-one teams qualified from this process, along with the host nation, Germany, for the finals tournament. It was the second time that Germany staged the competition, and the tenth time that it was held in Europe.

Joachim Löw German footballer

Joachim Löw is a German football coach, and former player. He is the head coach of the Germany national team, which he led to victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Bundesliga Association football league

The Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany and the football league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide. At the top of the German football league system, the Bundesliga is Germany's primary football competition. The Bundesliga comprises 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga. Seasons run from August to May. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played on weekdays. All of the Bundesliga clubs qualify for the DFB-Pokal. The winner of the Bundesliga qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.

On 3 November 2016, he became the fourth male and sixth person to become the German national football team's honorary captain. [6] [7]

On 21 November 2016, Klinsmann was fired as head coach of the United States national team, after losing to Mexico and Costa Rica in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. [8]

The fifth round of CONCACAF matches for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification was played from 11 November 2016 to 10 October 2017. Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while Honduras qualified for the inter-confederation play-offs, and United States and Trinidad and Tobago were eliminated in this round.

Club career

1972–1981: Youth career

Klinsmann is one of four sons of master baker Siegfried Klinsmann (died 2005) and his wife Martha. At age eight, he began playing for TB Gingen, an amateur football club in Gingen an der Fils. Six months later, he scored 16 goals in a single match for his new club. [9] At age ten, he moved to SC Geislingen. When he was 14 years old, his father bought a bakery in Stuttgart. After the family relocated to the state capital Stuttgart, Klinsmann continued to play for SC Geislingen, even after he was spotted in a youth selection of Württemberg. At age 16, he signed a contract with Stuttgarter Kickers, at which he would turn professional two years later. His parents decided he would first finish his apprenticeship as a baker in their family business, which he completed in 1982. [10]

Gingen an der Fils Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Gingen an der Fils is a town in the district of Göppingen in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany.

SC Geislingen association football club

SC Geislingen is a German association football club from the city of Geislingen, Baden-Württemberg established 31 May 1900. The football department became independent on 1 July 1911 and later took on the name Fußballverein 1919 Geislingen. In the years immediately before and after World War II, Geislingen flirted with promotion to first and second division football, but failed to advance in three attempts, instead remaining a third or fourth tier side until the mid-1990s.

Stuttgart Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Stuttgart is located on the Neckar river in a fertile valley known locally as the "Stuttgart Cauldron." It lies an hour from the Swabian Jura and the Black Forest. Its urban area has a population of 609,219, making it the sixth largest city in Germany. 2.7 million people live in the city's administrative region and another 5.3 million people in its metropolitan area, making it the fourth largest metropolitan area in Germany. The city and metropolitan area are consistently ranked among the top 20 European metropolitan areas by GDP; Mercer listed Stuttgart as 21st on its 2015 list of cities by quality of living, innovation agency 2thinknow ranked the city 24th globally out of 442 cities and the Globalization and World Cities Research Network ranked the city as a Beta-status world city in their 2014 survey.

1981–1989: Stuttgarter Kickers and VfB Stuttgart

Klinsmann (centre) playing for VfB Stuttgart against Dynamo Dresden in the semi-final of the 1988-89 UEFA Cup. Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-0419-044, Uefa-Cup, Dynamo Dresden - VFB Stuttgart 1-1.jpg
Klinsmann (centre) playing for VfB Stuttgart against Dynamo Dresden in the semi-final of the 1988–89 UEFA Cup.

Klinsmann began his professional career in 1982 at the then-second division side Stuttgarter Kickers, where he had been playing since 1978 as a youth player. [11] By 1982–83, he was already a regular starter and by the end of the 1983–84 season, he had scored 19 goals for his club. Horst Buhtz, a Stuttgarter Kickers former coach, recalls 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. [12]

2. Bundesliga association football league

The 2. Bundesliga is the second division of professional football in Germany. The 2. Bundesliga is ranked below the Bundesliga and above the 3. Liga in the German football league system. All of the 2. Bundesliga clubs qualify for the DFB-Pokal, the annual German Cup competition. A total of 125 clubs have competed in the 2. Bundesliga since its foundation.

The 1982–83 2. Bundesliga season was the ninth season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system.

The 1983–84 2. Bundesliga season was the tenth season of the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German football league system.

In 1984, Klinsmann moved to first division rivals VfB Stuttgart. In his first season at the club, he scored 15 goals and was the team's joint top scorer with Karl Allgöwer. 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 – including a legendary overhead kick against Bayern – 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 (which eventually lost to Diego Maradona's inspired 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.

1989–1992: Inter Milan

Klinsmann signed a three-year contract with Inter. In spite of the heavily defensive orientated tactics of head coach Giovanni Trapattoni, Klinsmann scored 13 goals as the Nerazzurri finished third in Serie A. He 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.

During the next season, Klinsmann won the UEFA Cup with Inter (2–1 on aggregate against Roma) and repeated his previous performance in the league with 14 goals. Klinsmann's contract was extended until 1994. A disastrous 1991–92 season made all plans fall through. Inter 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 this would be his last season at the San Siro.

1992–1994: AS Monaco

After UEFA Euro 1992, Klinsmann moved to 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 UEFA Champions League the following year. Monaco reached the semi-final before finally losing to eventual winners Milan. The following season, Monaco 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. [13]

1994–1995: Tottenham Hotspur

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, partly because he played in the 1990 West Germany team that eliminated England from the World Cup, and partly because of his reputation as a diver. [10] He was signed by Spurs in July 1994 from Monaco for £2 million. [14] On his debut against Sheffield Wednesday, he scored a header and immediately won over fans with his goal celebration by self-deprecatingly diving to the ground. [10] [15] 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". [16] Klinsmann went on to win the 1995 Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year. [17]

Because of his humour, but also because of his athletic achievements and his combative playing style, Klinsmann quickly became extremely popular in England; over 150,000 of his shirts were sold. [18] He now holds legendary status at Spurs and was inducted into Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. [19]

Klinsmann scored 21 goals in the 1994–95 season for Spurs and a total of 30 in all competitions, including 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. [20]

1995–2003: Final years

Klinsmann then had a successful spell at Bayern Munich during the 1995–96 and 1996–97 season. During both seasons, he was the top goalscorer of his club, won the 1995–96 UEFA Cup and set a new goalscoring record of 15 goals in 12 matches during the competition, a record that stood until 2011. [21] A year later, he also became German champion as he won the Bundesliga. He 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, his goals saved the club from relegation, particularly the four goals he scored in a 6–2 win at Wimbledon. [22] He played the last match of his high-level club career in 1998 on the final day of the Premier League against Southampton. [23]

After retiring and moving to the United States, in 2003 Klinsmann played for fun for Orange County Blue Star, an amateur team in the fourth-tier Premier Development League. [10]

International career

Klinsmann had a good international career, seeing his first West Germany duty in 1987 and ultimately collecting 108 caps, making him the country's fourth-most capped player behind Lothar Matthäus, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski. 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.

In 1987, Klinsmann made his debut for Germany against Brazil in a 1–1 draw. He participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics, winning a bronze medal; 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 part of the West German team during the 1990 FIFA World Cup. After qualifying for the round of 16, Germany was to play the Netherlands, against which they lost two years earlier in Euro 88. 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.[ citation needed ] The next day, 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."[ citation needed ] After further victories over Czechoslovakia (1–0) and England (1–1 after extra time, 4–3 on penalties), he became a 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. 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. [24]

Klinsmann also competed for the unified Germany team at the 1994 (five goals), and 1998 (three goals), World Cups. He became the first player to score at least three goals in three consecutive World Cups, later joined by Ronaldo of Brazil and compatriot Miroslav Klose. Klinsmann is currently the sixth-highest goalscorer at World Cups overall and the third-highest goalscorer for Germany in this competition, behind Klose (16 goals) and Gerd Müller (14).

Coaching career


On 26 July 2004, Klinsmann returned to Germany as the new head coach of the national team, [25] 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 U.S., which was the target of a campaign by the tabloid Bild . It should be noted Klinsmann 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 complained he ignored defensive football. He announced a squad of young players for the 2006 World Cup, basing his selection policy on performance, not reputation.

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Klinsmann as manager of Germany in 2005

During the 2005 FIFA 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 2005–06 UEFA Champions League in which his Arsenal team bowed out in the final against Barcelona.

In the 2006 World Cup, Germany's performances silenced Klinsmann's critics, which included the form of an English song: "Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Jurgen Klinsmann?" The team recorded three-straight wins against Costa Rica, Poland and Ecuador in the group stage, earning Germany first place in Group A. The first match of the knockout 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. [26]

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. [27] 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. [28] The victory triggered a massive parade in Berlin 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.

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. [29] [30] 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." [31]

Bayern Munich

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Klinsmann as manager of Bayern Munich in 2009

In July 2008, Klinsmann took over as coach of Bayern Munich, succeeding Ottmar Hitzfeld. [32] 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 2009 [33] with five matches remaining. [34] His final match was a 1–0 loss to Schalke 04. [35] Bayern were in third-place at the time of the sacking. [36] Klinsmann finished with a record of 25 wins, nine draws, and 10 losses in all competitions. [37]

Following Klinsmann's time with Bayern, Bayern team captain Phillip Lahm wrote in his autobiography that Klinsmann's tenure with the club was a "failure" and that Klinsmann's lack of tactical instruction required the players to meet before kickoff to discuss strategy. [38]

Toronto FC

In November 2010, Klinsmann was hired as a technical consultant for Major League Soccer (MLS) club Toronto FC to advise on an overhaul of the club's coaching and playing personnel, leading the club to hire Aron Winter as head coach and Paul Mariner as technical director the following year. [39] Both Winter and Mariner would later be fired by the club during a last place finish in the 2012 season.

United States

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Klinsmann as manager of the United States

On 29 July 2011, Klinsmann was named the 35th head coach of the United States national team, [40] [41] replacing previous manager Bob Bradley, who had been fired following a 4–2 loss to Mexico in the final of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The U.S. struggled in friendly games early in Klinsmann's tenure, losing four matches and drawing one before ending the 2011 season with a victory over Slovenia. On 29 February 2012, the U.S. national team recorded a historic 1–0 victory in a friendly match away against Italy, its first win against the four-time World Cup champions. [42] On 15 August 2012, Klinsmann coached the U.S. to a historic 1–0 win against long time rivals Mexico in a friendly held at the Estadio Azteca, giving the U.S. its first victory in the stadium.

In 2013, Klinsmann led the U.S. team into the final round of qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, beginning with a 2–1 loss at Honduras before earning a point with a scoreless draw against Mexico in the Azteca. On 2 June 2013, the United States played their centennial celebratory game against Germany, where Klinsmann coached them to a 4–3 win over his native country. On 28 July, Klinsmann coached the U.S. team to their fifth CONCACAF Gold Cup title, defeating Panama 1–0 in the final. [43] On 10 September 2013, following a 2–0 win over Mexico, the United States secured qualification for the World Cup. On 12 December 2013, Klinsmann signed a new contract extension with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), lasting until 2018. [44]

2014 World Cup

Klinsmann received criticism in May 2014 when he cut all-time leading U.S. scorer Landon Donovan from the final roster for the 2014 World Cup following the team's preliminary training camp. [45] Klinsmann described it as "the most difficult decision of [his] coaching career" but that he sees other players "slightly ahead of [Donovan]". [46] Klinsmann faced further controversy after his son Jonathan posted a comment on Twitter ridiculing Donovan, [47] causing some to speculate that the decision was influenced by personal animosity between Klinsmann and Donovan. [48]

On 16 June, Klinsmann guided the United States to a 2–1 win over Ghana in their first match of the 2014 World Cup, behind an early strike from captain Clint Dempsey and a dramatic 86th-minute header from substitute John Brooks. On 22 June, his side drew 2–2 against Portugal in the second group match. A defensive miscue early in the game led to an easy Portugal goal, but Jermaine Jones equalized with a strike from 30 yards out in the second half. Then, in the 81st minute, Dempsey scored to give the U.S. a 2–1 lead. The score remained 2–1 until the final seconds of stoppage time where Cristiano Ronaldo sent a cross that was headed past U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard by Silvestre Varela. [49] On 26 June, the U.S. faced Germany. With possible elimination looming again as their round of 16 spot hung in the balance, the U.S. fell to the Germans, 1–0, but the hope of surviving the "group of death" remained alive in the Portugal–Ghana game in which Portugal defeated Ghana, 2–1, sending the U.S. to the round of 16. [50]

The U.S. drew Belgium in the round of 16. After spending much of the match defending against Belgium's potent attack, with goalkeeper Tim Howard setting a World Cup finals record for saves in a match, the U.S. survived with a 0–0 score after 90 minutes, sending the match to extra time. After quickly falling behind 2–0 to Belgium in extra time, the U.S. cut the deficit in half in the 107th minute when substitute Julian Green volleyed in a lobbed through ball from Michael Bradley, but were unable to score a second and were eliminated. [51]

2018 World Cup cycle

Klinsmann led the U.S. to a 1–0 win over Czech Republic to open the new 2018 World Cup cycle on 3 September, its first win over the Czechs.[ citation needed ] On 5 June 2015, Klinsmann guided the U.S. to a dramatic 4–3 win over the Netherlands in a friendly in Amsterdam and another friendly victory over Germany five days later. [52]

The U.S. under Klinsmann finished fourth in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup following losses to Jamaica in the semifinals and Panama in the third place match, the team's worst performance in the tournament since 2000. In 2016, Klinsmann successfully advanced the U.S. through its first round of World Cup qualification out of a group containing Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The U.S. opened the final World Cup qualification round in November 2016 with a 2–1 home defeat to Mexico and a 4–0 away defeat to Costa Rica. Following the losses, which left the U.S. at the bottom of the qualification table, Klinsmann was fired by the USSF on 21 November 2016, being replaced by LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena, who had previously coached the team from 1998 to 2006.


MWDLGFGAWin %Pos.Pos.Pos.
Bayern Munich 2008–09 2916675937055.173rdQFQF [35] [36]
As of 15 November 2016
TeamYearCompetitionsFriendly matchesRef.
Germany 2004000000!7511186071.43 [53]
200553111511060.00104421711040.00 [54]
20067511146071.435311177060.00 [55]
United States 2011000000!721457028.57 [56]
20126411116066.678521127062.50 [57]
20131613123512081.2573221611042.86 [58]
2014411256025.00115331514045.45 [59]
20159432209044.44116142217054.55 [60]
2016126062216050.007610154085.71 [61]

Charity work and social engagements

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. [62] 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. [63] In May 1999, Klinsmann donated all the proceeds from his farewell match (more than US$1 million) to different children charity organizations. The match 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. [64]

Personal life

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Klinsmann Bakery in Botnang, Stuttgart

Klinsmann was born in Göppingen. [65] [66] His family moved to Stuttgart when he was a teenager. [66] 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. [10] He is married to Debbie Chin, an American former model, and lives in Huntington Beach, California. Klinsmann and his wife have two children, Jonathan and Laila. [67] [68] Son Jonathan, a goalkeeper, has been capped at age group level for the United States U-20 team. [69] Aside from German, Klinsmann is fluent in English, Italian and French, [70] and is a certified commercial helicopter pilot. [71]

Career statistics


Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotalRef.
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Europe Total
Stuttgarter Kickers 2. Bundesliga 1981–82 610061 [72]
1982–83 20221223 [72]
1983–84 3519223721 [72]
Stuttgarter Kicker totals6122436525
VfB Stuttgart Bundesliga 1984–85 321542203817 [72] [73]
1985–86 3316643920 [72] [74]
1986–87 321612413719 [72] [75]
1987–88 3419103519 [72] [76]
1988–89 251342843719 [72] [77]
VfB Stuttgart totals15679161014518694
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia Europe TotalRef.
Inter Milan Serie A 1989–90 311342203715 [72]
1990–91 3314401234917 [72]
1991–92 3175110378 [72]
Inter Milan totals953413315312340
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe TotalRef.
Monaco Division 1 1992–93 352020404120 [72]
1993–94 3010321044316 [72]
Monaco totals6530521448436
EnglandLeague FA Cup League Cup Europe TotalRef.
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 1994–95 412065345029 [72]
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Europe TotalRef.
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 1995–96 32161012154531 [72] [78]
1996–97 331542203917 [72] [79]
Bayern Munich totals65315214158448
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia Europe TotalRef.
Sampdoria Serie A 1997–98 821010102 [72]
EnglandLeague FA Cup League Cup Europe TotalRef.
Tottenham HotspurPremier League 1997–98 159300189 [72]
Career totals5062275325345827620284


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West Germany national team
Germany national team


As of matches played on 15 November 2016.
Germany 26 July 2004 [25] 11 July 2006 [31] 3420868141+40058.82 [53] [54] [55]
Bayern Munich 1 July 2008 [37] 27 April 2009 [37] 44259109650+46056.82 [35] [37]
United States 29 July 2011 [41] 21 November 201698551627178109+69056.12 [56] [57] [58] [59] [60] [61]




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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lothar Matthäus
Germany captain
Succeeded by
Oliver Bierhoff