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Name Jurgen Klinsmann
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
Desc Often foreign strikers can take a season or two to acclimatise to the rigours of the Premier League. Not this man. Arrived at Spurs from Monaco and immediately scored 20 goals in 41 league matches, despite a turbulent season which saw Osvaldo Ardiles replaced by Steve Perryman and then Gerry Francis

Affiliation

Org Germany National Team
  USA National Team
Club as Player Inter Milan
  AS Monaco

Relationship

Father Siegfried Klinsmann
Son Jonathan Klinsmann
2008 01 14
Hicks admits the club had made an approach to former Germany manager Juergen Klinsmann, with a view to Klinsmann replacing Benitez as manager. The meeting took place at the height of the feud between Benitez and the owners in November. Hicks says, however, that such a move was ‘an insurance policy, to have him become manager if Rafa left for Real Madrid’.
2008 04
It emerges that Gillett and Hicks are barely on speaking terms, throwing the club into turmoil. Rick Parry, it transpires, was present when Gillett and Hicks met with Klinsmann the previous November, further souring his relationship with Benitez. Days later, Hicks rounds on Parry, accusing the chief executive of failing in his commercial and professional duties, and advising the termination of his contract. Parry would leave his role at the end of the following season.

2009 02 25 Retrieve

[Trainer Juergen Klinsmann has also explained that he expects his side to show a reaction to their shock loss to Koeln at the weekend] They know what they have to do. I hope the team goes out and proves Saturday was just a slip-up. We need to invest more than we did against Koeln – and I’m sure we will

2009 03 10 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich’s 4-2 defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen ends their part in this season’s DFB-Pokal] Unfortunately, we have to write off the cup for this season. We’re left to concentrate 100 percent on the Bundesliga and the Champions League

2013 02 04 Retrieve

[Klinsmann on USMNT coach staff] A coach staff it’s extremely important, like a team, that the puzzle is the right one, that the chemistry is the right one. That one supplements the other one.

[on Martin Vasquez] Martin has been part of this game here in MLS, in Mexico, in Central America a really long time. He knows the market really well. He knows many, many coaches down in Mexico and is well connected.

He’s a perfectionist when it comes down to planning training sessions and to execute them. That’s why I give him a lot of freedom to get that satisfaction to run certain things

[on Andreas Herzog] Andy’s one of the uprising coaches coming through the European ranks. He has already coached the under-21 team from Austria very successfully. He was in line for the head coach there

Obviously with Andy basically running a bit our European office … gives it a new dimension. We have people present in the Premier League, in the Bundesliga, in Italy that do work for us that has never been done before. Therefore we can monitor our players overseas, we can monitor them closely here in MLS and also closely down in Mexico, which is very important

[Klinsmann foresees his current assistants moving back into head management roles soon enough] Both are ready to be head coaches anyway. What I need from coaches like that is that they’re not just saying yes to me, that they say often no to me. That they deliberate with me on certain issues, because every one of us reads the game differently, reads a player differently. So it’s important that we exchange those opinions, and at the end of the day I have to make the calls, and I will make those calls

2014 11 10 Retrieve

[Jürgen Klinsmann talks about Tottenham Hotspur current situation where the fans was booing] You always want to have the crowd on your side. That comes and leads from the field. If a game doesn’t go well then it’s normal that the crowd has every right to be a bit pessimistic. That’s normal. I actually thought the crowd tried to give positive energy to give them a push. The 2-1 came and I had the feeling that the equaliser would be right there. But it wasn’t meant that way

2015 10 17 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann after the USA’s 3-2 extra time defeat to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup] I’m not here to be liked. I’m trying to do a good job. And I’m privileged to have that role and represent the U.S. soccer programme. It’s a privilege for me and I do my best to my capabilities and leave the judgement out there for your guys or for people that want to express themselves. That’s fine

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[Jürgen Klinsmann, the head coach of the United States national team] More than an athlete, Cruyff was also a great thinker, someone who reinvented the sport (…) Cruyff has left us now, but his vision and philosophy will hopefully live forever. You can see it in the way Barcelona-one of two clubs Cruyff revolutionized, along with Ajax-still plays every week. It’s a style that has admirers around the world. I think a lot of people share that [philosophy] with him. You want to see this type of game, where you set the tone, you control the game, you make it fast, you make it attractive and attacking. He’s always been famous for his version of the 4–3–3 with the wide wingers, all technically highly gifted and fast. This is his mark

2016 06 04 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann, USA coach and a FIFA World Cup™-winner as a player, gives his insight on the difference between European and North American mindset ahead of the Copa America Centenario] How can we explain to people in U.S. that soccer is a player-driven game and the decisions are made by the player? Because once the game is rolling, you have barely any influence on it. You have you three subs, a little talk at half-time and you can scream as loud as you want on the sideline, but they can barely hear you. The athletes, the players write the story. That has always been the message to them because soccer is so different to baseball, [American] football and basketball. I can have a timeout in basketball, and I can have a different play. I can tell them all the time when there is a commercial break, ‘OK, next strategy.’ Soccer is an inner-driven sport and this is one of the biggest challenges for the American soccer fan and also the athletes.

2016 11 26 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann thanks fans and players for their support on his Facebook page after he was fired as head coach of USA after over five years at the helm] I just simply want to say, ‘thank you, thank you, thank you’ to all of you for an amazing ride over the last five and a half years. It’s been an amazing experience. It’s been a huge, huge honour to lead the national team over that amount of time. We’ve had some amazing experiences together. It’s come to an end, and obviously you’ve got to respect that. I want to say a very, very special ‘thank you’ to all of the players. The response from them yesterday since the news came out has been overwhelming. All the text messages and calls I received from the players of support, it’s been very emotional for me. I really, really appreciate it. I wish them the best of luck. I was a thousand per cent convinced we were going to qualify for Russia 2018 after those two losses. It’s now down to a new coach getting the job done, but I’m still convinced he and the team will get the job done and will have a tremendous 2017 and hopefully a tremendous World Cup in Russia

2017 01 29 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann talks Youri Djorkaeff and Arsene Wenger at AS Monaco] Wenger told me Youri needed to learn what it meant to ‘become a 24/7 pro’. I watched and saw how he got Arsene’s message. It took weeks and weeks, but when he broke through, there was no looking back

2017 05 20 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann is hoping Argentina’s Lionel Messi can add to his illustrious career with victory at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia] There’s a chance he’ll get it in Russia next year. A player like Messi needs to seal his legacy by winning the World Cup. I want him to win it because he deserves it. I admire Messi, I’ve always admired him. But I also admire Diego Maradona, especially because I played against him several times, in Inter against Napoli and in Argentina versus Germany. He is an artist because he saw what anyone else couldn’t see. He knew what he was doing and what he was going to do, even before he got the ball. He was always an artist in the field. Messi is different, he is a perfectionist. He’s a great character because he’s humble. He has one main quality: he’s a great scorer

2017 06 21 Retrieve

[Klinsmann senior, who was sacked as USA coach in November, revealed earlier this month that his son had a desire to move to the German top flight] He wants to play in the Bundesliga or another top league. Obviously he has contacts in Germany, but he’ll have to see what the best sporting decision is for him. He’s certainly happy to jump in at the deep end

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann tells that his son Jonathan Klinsmann’s move to Hertha Berlin is ‘a great story for the family’] My father [Siegfried Klinsmann] was a fanatical Hertha supporter; he took me to my first game as a kid between Stuttgart and Hertha. For us as a family too, it’s a great story that Jonathan has secured a contract with Hertha. It’s the start of a hopefully long career for him

2018 05 05 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann speaks about his admiration for Harry Kane] I’m a big admirer of Harry. He’s very complete in his game. He can score with his left foot, right foot, his head and he’s a great passer of the ball. He’s a great connector as well, a little like Teddy Sheringham was. He was always complete as a player as well. I’m even happier because he comes out of that great culture created by Spurs, a product of the academy. That makes you super proud because you feel even more connected with him. I just think that the foundation of every club in the world is its own products, its own players

2018 05 19 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann speaks about the nature of tournament football] I realistically saw a group growing into the World Cup 2018 that could go into a semi-final. The World Cup has nothing to do with the four years prior to that. It’s a completely new chapter. Whenever I played in a World Cup or European Championship, it gave me so much energy. I don’t know why. I could have had a poor season before that tournament, and suddenly that tournament brought me to life. Whatever happened the last couple of months before didn’t matter. We almost didn’t qualify for Italy in 1990 with Germany. We had to win our last game against Wales, and I still remember that Mark Hughes missed a 100-percent chance two minutes before the end of the game. He had a free header and he put it over the bar. If he puts that in, we’re not going to Italy. And then we won the World Cup

2019 09 04 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant VfB Stuttgart CEO position, citing the club’s lack of urgency in the hiring process] By e-mail I informed the Presidential Council of VfB Stuttgart today that I am not available … for further talks regarding the office of CEO and for another office at VfB. The entire communication and correspondence with both the VfB Presidential Council and a Munich-based recruitment consultancy were not effective and without any urgency on the part of VfB. Naturally, I am keeping my fingers crossed for VfB – as always – and I hope that the club will soon be back in the division it belongs

[Klinsmann said last year that he turned down several job opportunities ahead of the 2018 World Cup, insisting that he’s waiting for a top-level job to open] If (I return), I want to lead an association of a certain calibre and with the goal to reach the semi-finals at the World Cup

2019 09 30 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann says Christian Pulisic needs to get nasty at Chelsea] You never know it’s the right fit unless you do it. Christian did well to say: ‘I’m going to throw myself in another cold water, go over to London and throw myself in the Premier League, and I have to fight through the system there’. So that’s what he’s in. He’s a very special player, he’s tremendously talented, but this is a big step, because Borussia Dortmund was also basically the club where he got formed into a professional player. He came out of the youth system there, he moved himself up, he had all the support within the club and now going to London - also to one of the biggest clubs in the world - you’ve got to bring your elbows out

[Klinsmann added, with Pulisic having taken to airing his frustration over a lack of playing time for Chelsea] He will go through a phase now where more and more he needs to bring his elbows out to fight himself through the system there. Can he do it? Yes, absolutely he can do it, but you need to be patient, too, sometimes you forget he’s a very young player. You’re basically in a daily competition. Maybe in Dortmund he knew: ‘I established myself already within the club to be a very special player. I get my minutes in, I get my games in, I’m a starter most of the time’. You don’t have that automatic assurance at Chelsea. At Chelsea it goes from game to game, week to week. You’re basically in training and you have to tell the coach: ‘I’m in, I’m going to start this game’. So it’s a little bit more cold, it’s a bit more nasty. What I mean with the elbows is that you have to become nasty in order to make yourself a starter

2019 10 01 Retrieve

[Klinsmann claims Concacaf Nations League is holding USMNT and Mexico back] I think the biggest challenge for the United States, or even Mexico or Costa Rica, for the key countries in this region, is you don’t really have the highest competition outside. That means when you play just within your own system, you don’t have the big matches against European countries or South American countries in order to grow your program, in order to grow your players. So literally when you are kind of locked into Concacaf and you don’t play Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Chile every year, or you don’t play Holland, Germany, England, Spain, Italy every year, you have no chance to grow

[The new competition will limit the amount of friendlies that Concacaf teams play outside their region, which Klinsmann feels will handicap teams like the U.S. and Mexico] It’s a waste of time, I’m telling you. It’s a waste of time because you that need [that competition] as a country. I mean talking about Mexico, everyone is hoping for the fifth game in the World Cup. You’re not reaching that fifth game in the World Cup if you play the teams you are playing now in the Nations League in Concacaf. You are not

2019 10 02 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann give advice to Christian Pulisic] You never know it’s the right fit unless you do it. Christian did well to say: ‘I’m going to throw myself in another cold water, go over to London and throw myself in the Premier League, and I have to fight through the system there’. So that’s what he’s in

He’s a very special player, he’s tremendously talented, but this is a big step because Borussia Dortmund was also basically the club where he got formed into a professional player. He came out of the youth system there, he moved himself up, he had all the support within the club and now going to London – also to one of the biggest clubs in the world – you’ve got to bring your elbows out

You don’t have that automatic assurance at Chelsea. At Chelsea it goes from game to game, week to week. You’re basically in training and you have to tell the coach: ‘I’m in, I’m going to start this game’. So it’s a little bit more cold, it’s a bit more nasty. What I mean with the elbows is that you have to become nasty in order to make yourself a starter

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klinsmann says Germany’s wingers Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane will pose an attacking threat that opposition defences won’t be able to handle] We have with Serge Gnabry, who has a gigantic year behind him. And with Leroy Sane two mega-offensive forces that would tear everyone [apart].

2019 11 28 Retrieve

[Ex-USMNT coach Klinsmann has chance to get back on track with Hertha] I had no doubt that we would have qualified for the World Cup in Russia, but the federation made their own decision in November 2016. Everyone couldn’t believe it that the team lost in Trinidad & Tobago. It was a huge disappointment for everyone involved in soccer in the United States, including myself

[Klinsmann’s sacking was the end of a long spell in charge of the USMNT] I had a great time with U.S. Soccer over five-and-a-half years. Getting out of the group of death in Brazil in 2014, competing against Portugal, Ghana, and Germany, then getting into the semi-finals in 2016 at the Copa America was very exciting.

[one of the big criticisms levelled at Klinsmann by successor Arena] One of the things that was confusing as I came in and evaluated the rosters was there was just too many players called in for whatever reason from everywhere and no consistency

[The criticism only made him more determined to succeed, something he initially did with the U.S. national team, qualifying from the most difficult World Cup group they had ever been drawn in] Americans don’t give up. If they fall, they dust themselves off and get back up. Germans might say that I failed with Bayern. But that’s not how Americans think

2020 01 11 Retrieve

[Former USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann tells he believes he could have taken USA to the last four of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™] We were actually in a good place. It was progressing. I said, ‘I take that team in Russia into the final eight or even the final four’. Because it was a building block, it was all laid out, there was a plan for it. But the plan got interrupted, it got even more interrupted when we didn’t qualify for Russia. And it’s sad, it’s really sad, because it’s exactly the opposite of what happened with the women’s program, which I’m a big fan of too

2020 02 11 Retrieve

[Klinsmann quits as Hertha Berlin coach after just 10 weeks] I want to start by saying a big thank you to all the players, fans, spectators, supervisors and staff of Hertha BSC for the support and assistance they have shown over the last 10 weeks. This was an extremely exciting time for me and offered many interesting challenges. The club and the city have grown even stronger in my heart.

At the end of November we met the wishes of the club’s leadership and pieced together a highly competent team and offered assistance in a difficult time. We made progress in a relatively short space of time thanks to the support of many people during a run of difficult games – we now have a six-point gap to the relegation places.

I am firmly convinced that Hertha will achieve their goal and preserve their status. As a head coach, however, I need the trust of everyone, and that was not achieved. Especially in a relegation fight, unity, cohesion and focus are the most important elements. If they are not guaranteed, I can’t make the most of my potential as a trainer and live up to my responsibilities.

That is why, after much thought, I came to the conclusion that I should leave my position as head coach of Hertha and go back to my original long-term role as a supervisory board member. The supporters, the players and employees of the club have grown in my heart during this time and that is why I will continue to do my all for Hertha. I am still looking forward to many encounters in the city and stadium

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[Klinsmann followed his initial statement up with a Facebook Live video, where he expanded on what he meant by his comments, with fans puzzled by the coach claiming not to have the club’s backing after receiving €75m of new players] In Germany, we’re used to having a manager on the substitutes bench at the side of the pitch and that he participates, that he’s there for the players, and keeps the door open for them. I wasn’t used to that anymore.

I know the English model for a manager – they’re called managers in England, not coaches – has only one job and that’s being the boss of the club.

They’re different in Germany, where everyone gets to have their say, everyone plays a role, the whole management structure. In the end only one can decide, and I feel it has to be the coach. And we disagreed there. Unfortunately we disagreed on many things

A lot of you said it ended in chaos. That’s absolutely not true, absolutely not true. This team is stabilised. We came in and the team was practically in a relegation place, level on points, and now there’s six points difference. The team is stabilised and playing in whole different way to the way we found it.

The goal for the year is survival, next year the goal is towards Europe. The goals are very important. If you don’t have goals, there’s no point in getting out of bed in the morning

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Klinsmann walked away from his post at Olympiastadion on March 11 after just ten weeks in charge, claiming he could not count on the full support of the board] I am firmly convinced that Hertha will achieve their goal and preserve their [Bundesliga] status. As a head coach, however, I need the trust of everyone, and that was not achieved. Especially in a relegation fight, unity, cohesion and focus are the most important elements. If they are not guaranteed, I can’t make the most of my potential as a trainer and live up to my responsibilities

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[How the Bundesliga became USMNT players’ league of choice] I think it’s a league that has traditionally always given a chance to young players coming through the ranks. It’s always based on performance, so when an American player comes over and performs, then he gets a chance to play. There’s not much politics involved. The coaches are usually very straightforward. If the kid understands that it’s all down to performance and that they’ll get a chance, then the Bundesliga’s the place to be

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Former Spurs forward Jurgen Klinsmann says Harry Kane can win trophies at Tottenham under Jose Mourinho] He can achieve anything he puts his mind to. He’s so, so talented, exceptional and he’s now into a stage of his career where he is far more mature. He’s not the young lad anymore, even if you think of him as a young player. Watching him from a distance, you wish him now titles. When you play a professional career, and you get the opportunity to play in a top-five team in any country in the world, then it’s about winning titles. And so, I keep all my fingers crossed for Spurs and for him that he can collect trophies – that’s what it is all about at the end of the day. That’s why I left in ‘95. Even though I loved it at White Hart Lane, I had to leave for Bayern Munich because I said, ‘well I’m running out of time. I’m 31 years old and I need to win a couple more trophies’. But he has that chance with Spurs, he has a fantastic coach, he has a fantastic team and we all keep our fingers crossed that it happens sooner rather than later

Jose is an absolutely exceptional coach. Obviously, he has his philosophy, his way of doing things. With his experience and knowledge - he has an amazing humour as well - I just hope that things will fall into place and they get the success that they deserve