July 29, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati named Jürgen Klinsmann head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. He replaces Bob Bradley, who was released yesterday after a disappointing 2010 World Cup and subsequent mediocre performances.
Klinsmann’s first match at the helm will take place on August 10 in Philadelphia, when the USA host Mexico and look to redeem their crushing 4-2 loss in the Gold Cup final. After USA-Mexico, the USMNT will host Costa Rica on September 2 and visit Belgium on September 6.
“[Klinsmann] is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program,” said Gulati. “Jürgen has had success in many different areas of the game and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field.”
Klinsmann, 47, was born July 30, 1964, in Göppingen, Germany. He earned his first professional contract at 16 and debuted at 17 for the Stuttgarter Kickers in the Bundesliga second division. He was signed by VfB Stuttgart in 1984 and played there for five 5 seasons and helped the club reach the 1986 German Cup final and the 1989 UEFA Cup final. In 1988, Klinsmann was the top-scorer in the Bundesliga and named Player of the Year in Germany.
In 1989, Klinsmann joined Inter and won the Italian Super Cup in 1989 and the UEFA Cup in 1991. He played the 1992-1994 seasons with AS Monaco of French Ligue 1 and helped lead them to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals during the 1993-1994 season.
Klinsmann joined EPL Tottenham Hotspur for the 1994-1995 season and scored 21 goals and was named England Footballer of the Year in 1995.
For 1995-1997, Klinsmann returned to the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich and was the leading goal scorer for both seasons. He helped Bayern win the UEFA Cup in 1996 with a record 15 goals in 12 matches and won the Bundesliga title for the 1996-1997 season.
He played the 1997-1998 season with Sampdoria of Italy and joined Tottenham Hotspur mid-season and finished his playing career there.
Klinsmann made his national team debut in 1987 against Brazil and helped Germany win the bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Overall, Klinsmann scored 47 goals in 108 appearances for Germany and helped the team win 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy and the 1996 European Championship.
After retiring from professional soccer following the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Klinsmann earned his German Football Teacher License in 2000 and moved to the U.S.
Jürgen was Technical Advisor for the LA Galaxy in the 2004 MLS season and in July 2004 was named manager of the German National Team with a mission of preparing them to host World Cup 2006. He guided Germany to a 20-8-6 record and third place in 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and third place in 2006 FIFA World Cup, earning him Coach of the Year honors in Germany.
After resigning from the National Team after World Cup 2006, in 2008 Klinsmann became head coach at Bayern Munich. He led them to the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League. He left before the season was over due to a difference of opinion, but left behind an overall record of 25-9-9 in all competitions.
Klinsmann is a partner in SoccerSolutions, a sports marketing consultancy for soccer, whose clients include: adidas, Anschutz Entertainment Group, Hyundai, LG Electronics, National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Tottenham Hotspur, and MasterCard.
Most recently, Klinsmann has been a technical advisor for Toronto FC.
Klinsmann is fluent in English, Italian, French, Spanish and his native German. He now resides in California with his wife Debbie and two children, Jonathan and Laila.
U.S. Soccer will formally introduce Klinsmann at a press conference on August 1 in New York.
USA-Mexico will kickoff at 9 p.m. ET on August 10 and be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Univision.
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