Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Premier League Greats-Jurgen Klinsman

Jurgen Klinsman

Klinsman was signed  by Tottenham Hotspur at the beginning of the 1994-1995 season, and highly regarded as one of the world's greatest strikers.The German international  had won the World Cup with West Germany in Italy in 1990, he was then playing for Milan  and at the peak of his career.

His next club was Monaco, and in 1994 Klinsman scored five goals at the 1994 World Cup finals cementing his reputation as a great striker.Next stop was the Premiership and Spurs.

Klinsman At Tottenham

Jurgen Klinsman  had a reputation as a "diver", and although respected as a world-class striker. He was not popular in England and was a surprise addition to the Spurs squad, but the Spurs and English football fans would warm to the soon to become likeable German.

Premiership Debut

It was maverick coach Ossie Ardiles and his diamond formation that led to Spurs playing five forwards in the first match of the season away to Sheffield Wednesday.

Colin Calderwood scored the best goal of the game with a rocket into his own net that made it 2-2. Jurgen scored Spurs fourth goal with a header in the thrilling 4-3 triumph, and celebrated with the now famous full length dive.

A superb hat-trick in the 6-2 win against Wimbledon in the five minutes and ended up with four goals in all as Tottenham clinched Premiership safety in the penultimate game of the season.

Klinsman scored 20 goals in his only season in the Premiership and took the football writers" player of the  year".

He started the season as "the man they loved to hate", and ended as one of the best-loved and finest Premiership players.


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