Jurgen Klinsmann officially became the head coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team this week.His appointment ended a 16-year stretch of American coaches for the team, and sparked new hope for fans disappointed by a string of underwhelming results.
Jurgen grew up in Germany, become a superstar across Europe in the early 90s, and coached an underdog German team all the way to the 2006 World Cup final.
Now, he has taken the reigns of U.S. soccer, and is looking to make a deep run in the 2014 World Cup.
Jurgen was born in 1964 in Goppingen, Germany. When he was 9 years old, he scored 102 goals in a season, including 16 in a single game
The Klinsmann family owns a bakery in Stuttgart-Botnang. Jurgen apprenticed there before embarking on a career in pro soccer
Jurgen hit it big in 1988-89, leading the Bundesliga in goals as a striker for VB Stuttgart and winning Player of the Year in Germany
Jurgen scored 40 goals in 123 appearances for Inter from 1989-1992.
The team won the 1990 Italian Super Cup and, more importantly, the 1991 UEFA Cup.
Klinsmann was a key figure on the team.
He scored a goal against a strong Netherlands squad in the Round of 16.
Then in the final, he (somewhat theatrically) drew a straight red card on an Argentina defender.
Before the transfer, Klinsmann was largely derided in England.
He was part of the 1990 German team that knocked England out of the World Cup in the semifinals, and, worse yet, he had a reputation for diving.
But he scored 21 goals in the 1994-95 season, and became wildly popular in London.
He came to the U.S. for the 1994 World Cup and put on a show. He scored 5 goals before Germany was knocked out by Bulgaria in the quarterfinals
After retiring, he threw himself into coaching.
He held coaching forums, attending conferences, and worked for the Los Angeles Galaxy as a techinical advisor in 2004.
Later that year, Germany called on the unproven Klinsmann to revitalize its struggling men's national team.
Germany's gamble in hiring Jurgen paid off in 2006. Playing an attacking style, Germany made it all the way to the semifinals of the World Cup
In 2008 he took over for Bayern Munich — the biggest club in Germany. But with just five games to go in the 08-09 season, he was fired because of clashes with the front office
Klinsmann has always had American ties. His wife is American, and he's lived in Southern California since 1998
In 2010 Klinsmann was a studio analysts for ESPN's World Cup coverage. Shortly after the team crashed out of the tournament, Klinsmann turned down the chance to become head coach
This week, he finally took over the U.S. team. His first game will be a friendly against Mexico on August 10th
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