Introducing Jurgen Klinsmann
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati named Jurgen Klinsmann as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011, making him the 35th coach in the history of the program.
Klinsmann has been involved in soccer almost his entire life as a player, coach, television analyst and consultant. As a player, Klinsmann was one of the game’s premier forwards and enjoyed a 17-year career that included stints in four major European leagues for a number of clubs, including VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich. One of the most well-known international players of all-time, he earned 108 appearances for Germany and scored 47 goals while helping the team win the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and the 1996 European Championship.
Klinsmann also has a famed coaching career and was named manager of the German National Team in 2004. He guided Germany to a 20-8-6 record and a third place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, earning him Coach of the Year honors in Germany. Two years later, Klinsmann took over the head coaching position at Bayern Munich.
Since his time in Germany, Klinsmann has worked in television broadcasting, is a partner in the sports marketing consulting agency SportsSolutions and signed on with Toronto FC as a consultant.
Klinsmann began playing soccer from a young age in his hometown of Gingen. As a 14-year old, he joined the youth program of Stuttgarter Kickers and signed a professional contract with them two years later. He made his debut at the age of 17 for the Kickers in the second division Bundesliga.
In 1984, he was signed by VfB Stuttgart, where he helped the club reach the German Cup final in 1986 and the UEFA Cup final in 1989. In 1988, Klinsmann was the top-scorer in the Bundesliga and was named Player of the Year in Germany.
Klinsmann made his national team debut in 1987 against Brazil. He participated in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where he helped his team earn the bronze medal. In 1990, Klinsmann also helped his team win the 1990 FIFA World Cup with stellar performances throughout the tournament.
In 1989, Klinsmann joined Internazionale in Italy, and won the Italian Super Cup that same year and the UEFA Cup in 1991. Starting in 1992, Klinsmann played with AS Monaco of the French League 1, and then joined Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League in 1994.
In 1995, Klinsmann returned to Germany to play with Bayern Munich, where he helped Bayern win the UEFA Cup in 1996 by notching a record 15 goals in 12 matches. In 1997, Klinsmann played with Sampdoria of Italy and then joined Tottenham of the EPL mid-season, where he would close out his professional club career.
Klinsmann retired as a professional player after the 1998 World Cup. He had played 17 seasons with four major soccer clubs, scoring 226 goals in 506 appearances. Klinsmann also notched 108 caps with the German national team, scoring 47 goals. He represented his country in three European Championships (1998, 1992 and 1996), including winning in 1996. He also participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998), including winning in 1990. He was named team captain of Germany from 1994 to 1998.
After retiring as a player, he moved to the United States with his wife, Debbie, and they currently reside in California with their two children, Jonathan and Laila.
Klinsmann was well-prepared to become a coach after his club experiences in the top European leagues. He learned from very successful managers and learned various tactical systems that emphasized different styles of play. In June of 2000, he earned his German Football Teacher License.
In 2004, Klinsmann became the Technical Advisor for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. In July of the same year, the German Football Federation asked Klinsmann to become manager of the German National Team.
Klinsmann melded young players with proven veterans and emphasized fitness and an aggressive, attacking style of play. He led Germany to third place at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and retired with a winning record of 20-6-8 after the tournament. Despite stepping aside as Germany’s manager after the World Cup, he left a foundation for ongoing success, including the core of the German National Team coaching staff and players.
In July of 2008, Klinsmann became the head coach of his old club, Bayern Munich where he aided in the design of a new player development and performance center. Bayern reached the quarterfinal of the Champions League that year, going 25-9-9 in all competitions under Klinsmann.
Klinsmann was hired as head coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011, and will make his debut with the team in a friendly match on Aug. 10, 2011, against Mexico in Philadelphia.
KLINSMANN FACT FILE:
CLUB SOCCER CAREER: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95), Bayern Munich (1995-97), Sampdoria (1997-98), Tottenham Hotspur (1997-8)
NATIONAL TEAM SOCCER CAREER: West Germany U-16 (1980-81), West Germany U-21 (1984-85), Germany (1987-98)
PLAYER HONORS: German Player of the Year (1988, 1994), FWA Player of the Year (1995)
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS WON: Suppercoppa Italiana (1989), UEFA Cup (1991, 1996), Bundesliga (1996-97)
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WON: FIFA World Cup (1990), European Championship (1996), U.S. Cup (1993)
PROFESSIONAL COACHING CAREER: Head Coach, German National Team (2004-06), Bayern Munich (2008-09)
COACHING HONORS: German Coach of the Year (2006)