Jürgen Klinsmann- Football Career, Coach & Charity Work

Jürgen Klinsmann is a retired football player and current professional football manager from Germany. He is one of the few people who have been successful on both fronts of his career.

Klinsmann is still active and working at 56 despite having retired from football a long time ago. His love for football made him want to stay connected with it despite retiring in one way or the other.

Jürgen Klinsmann
Jürgen Klinsmann.

Not only the most prominent clubs in Europe, but he also played for the national team of his country and was a part of the German football team for a long time.

Before looking into his life in detail, let us take a look at this table of quick facts about Jürgen Klinsmann.

Quick Facts:

Full NameJürgen Klinsmann
Birth Date30th July 1964
Birth PlaceGöppingen, West Germany
Known asbaker’s son from Bonang
ReligionUnknown
NationalityGerman
EthnicityUnknown
EducationCertified Baker and Helicopter Pilot
HoroscopeLeo
Father’s NameSiegfried Klinsmann
Mother’s Name Martha Klinsmann
Siblings3 Brothers
Age56 years old
Height5 feet 11 inches (1.81m)
Weight80 kgs
BuildAthletic
Body MeasurementsUnknown
Hair colorLight Brown
Eye colorDark Brown
ProfessionFootballer. Football Manager
Active Years 1972 – 2003, 2004 – present
Marital Status Married
Spouse Debbie Chin
Children Two: Jonathan Klinsmann and Laila Klinsmann
Net Worth$16 million
Social MediaFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter
Last Update2021

Where is Jürgen Klinsmann from? Early Life, Upbringing, and Football

Klinsmann was born in Göppingen, West Germany, to parents Siegfried Klinsmann and Martha Klinsmann. His father owned and ran a bakery shop in the city called Stuttgart, where the family of six moved when Jürgen was about 14 years old.

A very young Jürgen Klinsmann
A very young Jürgen Klinsmann

Jürgen played football from as young as he can remember. When he was eight years old, young Klinsmann started playing in a non-professional club called TB Gingen, where he was a top goal scorer even at his young age.

Likewise, he moved to a club called SC Geislingen when he was about ten years old. The German Association Football Club named Stuttgarter Kickers signed a contract with Jürgen Klinsmann when he was 16 years old.

Despite being an excellent footballer, his parents wanted him to become a baker, just like his father. Hence they made Jürgen complete an apprenticeship in baking in 1982.

How old is Jürgen Klinsmann? Age, Height & Weight

Jürgen Klinsmann was born in 1964, making him 56 years old as of now. Moreover, he was born on July 30, which makes his birth sign Leo.

Besides, Jürgen stands at 5 feet 11 inches (1.81m) and weighs 80 kg, proportionate to his height. His other notable body facts include his light brown hair and pair of dark brown eyes.

Amateur Years

Jürgen Klinsmann successfully became one of the most important and popular parts of the team and scored 19 goals in his time until 1984.

After his successful time at the Stuttgarter Kickers, he moved on to the first division VfB Stuttgart. He proved his talents yet again as he scored 15 goals in his first season with the club and became the team’s top scorer.

Jürgen Klinsmann
Jürgen Klinsmann celebrating a goal

In the next seasons, he scored 16 goals and even reached the finals of the DFB – Pokal. In the 1987-88 season, he scored the legendary overhead kick goal against Bayern Munich and became the top scorer for Bundesliga for the year.

Watch the Spellbinding goal that bewildered the whole world.

Owing to his football career’s extraordinary year, Jürgen Klinsmann was named the German Footballer of the Year in 1988.

Jürgen Klinsmann moved to the Italian club Inter Milan after reaching the 1988-89 UFEA Cup finals with Stuggart. The German signed a three-year deal with the team.

Professional Career and Big Clubs

Jürgen Klinsmann ended his first season in Inter Milan with 13 goals despite the team being defense-oriented. He gained immense popularity and a fan following in Italy despite being a foreign player.

The fact that he could speak Italian and be extremely good-looking in his younger days might have contributed to this popularity other than his incredible skills with the sport.

In ye 1990-91 season, Klinsmann won the UFEA championship with Inter Milan and kept up his record with 14 goals in the season, and his contract was extended until 1994. However, due to a horrible game in the 1991-92 season for the club, he made it clear that he wasn’t interested in staying in Inter Milan for the remaining time.

Moving on from Milan, Klinsmann moved to AS Monaco, and he proved his efficiency once more as he bought the team to second place in the league in his first season.

Jürgen Klinsmann
A thrilled Jürgen Klinsmann with the World Cup Trophy

In the 1993-94 season, Monaco reached the UFEA Champions League’s semi-finals but lost to Milan. The season after that, Klinsmann didn’t play for two months because of a torn ligament injury.

Journey to the National Team

He left the club with one year in the contract because Klinsmann was not satisfied with his teammates’ behavior in the club.

Jürgen Klinsmann debuted in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur in the 1994-95 season. The English fans and media were very critical of him because he was a part of West Germany’s team that won against England in the World Cup of 1990.

He immediately won over the fans when he scored a heading in his first match for Tottenham Hotspur.

The Guardian journalist who had written an article called “Why I Hate Jürgen Klinsmann” wrote another one, two months later called “Why I Love Jürgen Klinsmann.” Klinsmann also won the 1995 Football Writer’s Association Footballer of the Year.

His popularity did not stop there. Extraordinary football talent combined with his looks and humor, Klinsmann won over England, and his shirt was a huge sellout.

Klinsmann is a Hotspur legend today, and his statue resides in the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Klinsmann shined in Hotspur as well as he scored about 21 goals in 30 matches he played.

Latter parts of the Career

After Tottenham Hotspur, Klinsmann also spends a few years playing for Bayern Munich. He became the top scorer for the club in both the season he played during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons.

Bayern Munich won the UFEA League, and Klinsmann set a new goalscoring record of 15 goals in 12 matches ( which broke in 2011). Klinsmann also became a champion at the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich won that championship during his time there.

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Jürgen Klinsmann during his senior years as an amateur player

He returned to Tottenham Hotspur for the 1997-98 season and again saved the day for the team as his goals saved their team from relegation.

After retiring, Klinsmann moved to the United States. In 2003, he played for the Orange County Blue Star, which was an amateur team in the fourth-tier Premier Development team.

International Career of Klinsmann

In 1987, Jürgen Klinsmann played for West Germany for the first time as a part of his international career. Klinsmann participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics and helped West Germany win a Bronze Medal.

Klinsmann is also the first player to have scored in three different European Championships. Till now, players like  Vladimír Šmicer, Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Nuno Gomes, and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored similarly.

Jürgen Klinsmann with Neymar
Jürgen Klinsmann with Neymar

He has played for World Cup as well as coached teams for the World Cup. He is still remembered for his extraordinary performance in multiple World Cups.

From Playing to Coaching

Jürgen Klinsmann returned to Germany from the US in 2004 to coach the national team. He was known for his aggressive approach and was criticized for ignoring defensive football.

Jürgen Klinsmann’s team’s performance in the 2006 World Cup silenced all of his critics. His team won three matches in a row and booked a place in Group A.

Jürgen Klinsmann with the Legendary Pele
Jürgen Klinsmann with the Legendary Pele.

Despite coaching the team to excellence and receiving the prestigious Bundesverdienstkreuz meaning “The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany,” he declined to renew his contract and opted out as the coach of the National Team of Germany.

Klinsmann returned to coaching as the coach for Bayern Munich in 2008. His time there was not widely appreciated and considered a tactical mistake.

Jürgen Klinsmann | Stats

GERMANY
World Cup
YearMatchesGoals
199853
199455
WEST GERMANY
World Cup
YearMatchesGoals
199853
199455

Jürgen Klinsmann Controversial l Coaching years

In his autobiography, the team captain of Bayern Munich, Phillip Lahm, wrote that Klinsmann’s tenure was a “failure” and non-strategic.

In 2011, Klinsmann became the 35th head coach of the national team of the United States. Under his guidance, the national team won a friendly match with Italy, a four-time World Champions.

Klinsmann was also responsible for the historic win against rivals Mexico in 2012. He also helped the US secure a World Cup Qualification.

Similarly, Klinsmann fell into criticism and controversy once again when he selected five American-German players for the 2014 World Cup Squad.

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This escalated further when he did not place the leading top scorer of US Landon Donovan in the final list of the 2014 WC.

While Klinsmann described it as the most difficult decision of his coaching career, he fell more into controversy when his son ridiculed Donovan on Twitter. People wondered if the decision was based on personal differences.

Klinsmann also coached the US Team for the 2018 World Cup. Apart from that, he also became the manager for Hertha BSC. He resigned from the coach’s position in just 10 weeks and remained as their manager.

Jürgen Klinsmann- Awards, Accolades, and Honors

  • Klinsmann won the 1994 Club Player of the Year Tottenham Hotspurs
  • 1994 German Footballer of the Year
  • 1988 West German Footballer of the Year
  • 2006 German Football Manager of the Year
  • 2013 CONCACAF Coach of the Year
  • 2015 German Football Ambassador of the Year

Jürgen Klinsmann | Personal Life, Charity Work, and Net Worth

Klinsmann is married to former American model Debbie Chin, and they live in Huntington Beach, California. They have two kids together. A son, Jonathan Klinsmann, and daughter, Laila Klinsmann.

Similarly, his son Jonathan is a goalkeeper for the Under-20 National Team of the United States. Jürgen Klinsmann is a fluent speaker of German, English, French and Italian. He is a man of many talents as he is also a certified commercial helicopter pilot.

Klinsmann
Klinsmann with his wife, Debbie Chin

Klinsmann is also affiliated with several charities that help children in need. Along with his friends, he founded a children charity foundation called Agapedia, which means Love for Children.

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He has also donated to various charities throughout his years as a successful player, a coach, and a manager. The former player, Jürgen Klinsmann, is a wealthy man with a net worth of about $16 million and an annual salary of about $2.5 million.

Social Media presence:

Instagram account: 58.3K followers

Facebook account: 532,879 followers

Twitter account: 856.6K followers

Some FAQs:

What does Jürgen Klinsmann do these days?

Klinsmann is a football club manager for Hertha BSC as of now.

Who replaced Jürgen Klinsmann?

Bruce Arena was appointed as the United States national team head coach to replace Jürgen Klinsmann on November 22, 2016.

Why was Jurgen Klinsmann fired from the USA national team?

Jurgen Klinsmann was fired from the USA national team for different reasons. To be precise, he was fired due to Historic losses, pushing players out of their comfort zones, Putting media and fans to put more pressure on the national team, and demanding more from them.

Likewise, communication problems, tactical misfires, and losing the World Cup are also reasons Jurgen Klinsmann was fired from the USA national team.

How many goals did Jürgen Klinsmann score?

Jürgen Klinsmann has played 514 matches and has scored 232 goals.

How to get a Jurgen Klinsmann Polo shirt?

You can buy Jurgen Klinsmann Polo Shirt from UKSOCCERSHOP

Jürgen Klinsmann jersey
Jürgen Klinsmann jersey

How many goals did Jürgen Klinsmann score in Bundesliga.

Jürgen Klinsmann has played 221 Bundesliga games and has shot 110 goals there.

Where does Jürgen Klinsmann live in California?

Jürgen Klinsmann lives in Huntington Beach, in California.

 

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