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Jürgen Klinsmann | German American Conference at Harvard

Jürgen Klinsmann

Soccer Coach (Video Greeting)

Jürgen Klinsmann

Soccer Coach (Video Greeting)


Jürgen was born July 30, 1964, in Göppingen, Germany. He was the second of 4 sons born to Siegfried and Martha Klinsmann.

The Klinsmann family owns and operates a bakery. Even though he signed his first professional football contract at the age of 16, Jürgen still studied to be a baker, earning his baker’s diploma in 1982 at Berufschule Hoppenlau in Stuttgart. Not surprisingly, Jürgen did not continue in the family business once his professional football career took form.

As a 14-year old, Jürgen joined the youth program Stuttgarter Kickers and signed a professional contract by the age of 16. He made his debut at 17 for the Kickers in the second division Bundesliga. By his third season at the professional level, Jürgen had blossomed into a prolific scorer notching 19 goals in 35 matches.

Jürgen’s scoring abilities attracted the attention of Bundesliga clubs and in 1984 he signed with VfB Stuttgart.

During his 5 seasons with Stuttgart, Jürgen held an average of 1 goal every 2 matches. With VfB Stuttgart, he helped the club reach the German Cup final (1986) and the UEFA Cup final (1989). In 1988, in only 4 years, Jürgen became the top-scorer in the Bundesliga and was named Player of the Year in Germany.

As Jürgen moved from Germany to play in Italy, France, and England – in prestigious leagues like French Ligue 1 and English Premier League – he didn’t only take his game but his love for travel and culture. He would learn Italian and French and immerse into the culture and people. Fast-forward to ’95, Jürgen is called back to Germany to play in the Bundesliga once more, this time for Bayern Munich. As a seasoned competitor, having played in 4 of Europe’s best professional leagues, his impact back in his home country was immediately apparent. He was Bayern’s leading goal scorer for both seasons as he continued his tradition of 1 goal every 2 matches. Jürgen helped lead Bayern to the 1996 UEFA Cup Championship by collecting a record 15 goals in 12 matches. The year after he won the Bundesliga title as well.

While in Europe, Jürgen met his wife, Debbie, an American working abroad. When Jürgen retired as a professional player after the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Jürgen and Debbie moved to the United States. They currently reside in California with their two children, Jonathan and Laila.

In 1995, Jürgen founded the children charity foundation “Agapedia” which stems from the Greek language and translates to “Love for Children.” As of today Agapedia runs four projects in Germany, Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania.

From 2011 – 2016, Jürgen has held the position of head coach for the USA Men’s National Team.

Taken from http://www.klinsmann.com/bio-1/

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Video Greeting: Jürgen Klinsmann

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