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Spurs’ Cult Heroes - Your Memories of Jurgen Klinsmann…

Jurgen Klinsmann is one of the players featuring in Spurs’ Cult Heroes, a forthcoming book looking at players who achieved legendary status amongst us fans for what they did at the club. As well as looking at the players’ Tottenham careers it will feature anecdotes and reminiscences – and this week we at AANP want to hear your memories of Klinsmann, from both on and off the pitch. Get involved…

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  1. George Says:

    His goal against Sheffield Weds at home, so hard it almost broke the net. One of the best goals I’ve seen live.

  2. Park Laner Says:

    Probably the one mentioned by most fans will be the 6-2 demolition of Wimbledon with Jurgen scoring 4. More than just a game it represented our whole season in 90 minutes with victory guaranteeing our Pemiership status.
    Selhurst park resembled White Hart Lane for the day with 3 of the 4 stands filled up with Spurs fans. 1-0 spurs, 1-1, 2-1 spurs, 2-2. Typical spurs fashion, getting the lead then giving it up, then Klinsmann came alive in the second half, scoring a second half hat-trick to go with his strike in the first half.
    Moussa Saib wrapping the win up late on.

  3. Since 1949 Says:

    Even as an aging forward he had the great ability to leap and head goals like old fashioned center forwards, was magestic. Loved it
    Wished I’d seen Klinsmann and Greaves play togther.
    Was a bad day when we let Jurgen go

  4. jon Swygart Says:

    During the summer of 2004 I was living and working in a small village about an hours drive from Munich.

    As a bricklayer escaping the recession and subsequent slump in the building trade back in the U.K I was enjoying earning some decent money and discovering that the Germans we really not as bad as they were made out to be.

    It was the year of World Cup in the U.S.A and I recall watching the Dutch beating the Germans in a bar that was also hosting a wedding reception. All the lads were crowded around the T.V watching the match meanwhile the ladies were left to dance on their own next door.

    When the Dutch scored my mate and I reacted how any England fan would seeing Germany concede a goal and we jumped up and began celebrating. To their credit the Germans didn’t react and they took it all with good humour.

    Anyway it was a few days later while listening to the radio that I first heard the words Klinsmann and Spurs mentioned in the same sentence however with my limited knowledge of German I couldn’t be sure what the story was, but I of course was desperate for more news as I had to find out if he had signed for us.

    I got on the phone to my Dad but he had no knowledge of the story. Anyway as we all know it was true. He had signed for us and I then began the weekly ritual of visiting the nearest town to buy an English newspaper and follow our progress.

    Klinsmann began that season with a ban scoring on his debut and his celebration is now legendary. Spurs continued to get good results to the point where I remember telling my mate that if we beat Man Utd I was going home because I was convinced this was our year!

    If I recall correctly we conceded a late penalty and my bubble was well and truly burst. However I came back to the U.K anyway a couple of months later and traveled to Norwich without a ticket in the hope that I would see my new hero for the first time.

    As it turned out the closest I got to the game was clinging to an advertising hoarding outside. From my vantage point I could only make out about a third of the pitch.

    Nevertheless throughout the remainder of the season I was lucky enough to see Klinsmann play on many occasions and for me he will always be a Spurs legend. I will never forget the excitement of hearing he was on his way to White Hart Lane and as far I am concerned his performances on the pitch stand comparison with any Spurs player both past and present.

  5. The Offside Trap Says:

    I was at his first game away to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

    Whilst everyone remembers that he scored and then dived in mock celebration in response to suggestions he was somewhat theatrcial in his play, people forget that he was actually strecthered off in that game after scoring the fourth goal. This happened following a clash of heads with Des Walker.

    My memory though is of after the game. It took ages to get away from the ground, out of Sheffield and back on to the M1. So long in fact that by the time we got to Doncaster we had finally caught up the Spurs team coach.

    We pulled along side the coach and sitting there was Jurgen at a table going backwards - clearly suffering from concussion. Sitting opposite him was Ronnie Rosenthal. Klinsmann didn’t look at all well and we tried jesticulating to Ronnie to see if Jurgen was OK. Cue frantic pointing at opur heads, Klinsmann’s head, pretending to pass out and thumbs up - all at 70+ mph.

    For some reason whilst noticing us, (we were hanging out the window at this point), Rosenthal didn’t quite understand what we were trying to get across. One of our crew in the car said “if Ronnie can’t understand us - he is never going to be on the same wavelength as Klinsmann”.

    And that summed it up. There was a world class footballer playing for our beloved Spurs alongside the likes of Rosenthal, Kerslake and Calderwood. We not only wondered when he was going to wake up following his clash of heads but wondered whether we were going to wake up and find out it was all a dream.

  6. The Offside Trap Says:

    I was at his first game away to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

    Whilst everyone remembers that he scored and then dived in mock celebration in response to suggestions he was somewhat theatrcial in his play, people forget that he was actually strecthered off in that game after scoring the fourth goal following a clash of heads with Des Walker.

    My memory though is of after the game. It took ages to get away from the ground, out of Sheffield and back on to the M1. So long in fact that by the time we got to Doncaster we had finally caught up the Spurs team coach.

    We pulled along side the coach and sitting there was Jurgen at a table going backwards - clearly suffering from concussion. Sitting opposite him was Ronnie Rosenthal. Klinsmann didn’t look at all well and we tried jesticulating to Ronnie to see if Jurgen was OK. Cue frantic pointing at our own heads, Klinsmann’s head and pretending to pass out and then give thumbs up - all at 70+ mph.

    For some reason, whilst noticing us, (we were hanging out the window at this point), Rosenthal didn’t quite understand what we were trying to get across and gave a somewhat stereotypical Yiddish shrug.

    One of our crew in the car said “if Ronnie can’t understand us - he is never going to be on the same wavelength as Klinsmann”.

    And that summed it up. There was a world class footballer playing for our beloved Spurs alongside the likes of Rosenthal, Kerslake and Calderwood. We not only wondered when he was going to wake up following his clash of heads but wondered whether we were going to wake up and find out it was all a dream.

  7. spurssince67 Says:

    I have 2 memories of Juergen, the first when I trudged up to Moss side with my best German chum Torsten to see SPURS lose 3 - 5 (back in the days when Ossie Ardilles was using 5 attackers, remember that crazy time !!) when Walker had a mare of a day and I covered my eyes everytime City crossed the ball into our penalty area. I’m sure he scored that day but to be honest I was too upset and shell shocked to be certain, it was such a weird game.

    The other time I got to meet him in person as he became (far too long a story…) a good chum of my mate Torsten as it turns out, which was just really bizarre. Life can really be stranger then fiction.

    Several years later Torsten called me up to say that he was flying over to see Juergen one Wednesday evening as he was playing at a SPURS benefit at WHL in aid of previous not so handsomely paid SPURS veterans amongst a selection of the good and the great SPURS heroes from the past.

    Torsten was late (as usual for him I’m afraid !) coming in from Frankfurt so we met up in the bar within the stadium at 1/2 time and quickly downed some HOLSTEN of course to get in the mood for the 2nd half.

    Not long after we had settled in our seats we were disturbed by 6 or so Spurs stewards deep in conversation with control as they verified that Torsten & I should follow them back into the stadia where we were informed that we were being arrested for drinking inside the ground. Hard to argue about as we were still clutching bottles of beer as we were being informed of this….

    I had completely forgotten the rules after being so glad to see Torsten finally show up and he being German didn’t know any better as in Germany back then it was typical to take your beers back to your seat !

    For once I had a quick idea and asked Torsten to show the stewards the 3 numbers in his mobile that were JK California Home, JK Mobile, JK Office as he also had a business relationship with him at that time…he duly did so as I explained to the head steward that JK was expecting to see us in the Players Lounge after the match and that Torsten had flown over just for this.

    Thankfully they believed our story and I got to meet the great JK in the Lounge after seeing about 20 mins of action and where he signed a shirt from his era that some friends in Minnesota sent me a year or so earlier which I treasure today. He is without doubt one of the nicest, most “grounded” footballers I have ever met in my life, a real genuine human being and a tremendous role model.

    Torsten stayed on and stayed over with JK that evening and mentioned that as they left the ground in his hire car JK recognised a fan from his era outside the gates and stopped the car to chat and ask about the fellas family…that gives you some idea of the depth to the guy…

    Finally it must be said that Torsten has told me several times that JK has mentioned to him of his love of SPURS and the times that he had with the club were very special. They don’t make many like that anymore…..

  8. SpursSteve Says:

    Apart from the wonderful goals that he scored, I have two memories that stand out.
    First one is his Spurs debut at Watford in a pre-season friendly. Before the game, my impression of him was this overated superstar, who dives all over the place, and has come to Spurs for his final pay day. I left the game with a totally different view of the man. He gave 100%, and covered every blade of grass in that game, and showed absolute class in every thing he did. He went on to play every game in the same way. and this was a man who had won everything in the game already.
    Secondly, I was working nights in 1994, and travelled to work on the tube, passing through Arsenal on the way. One night, Arsenal were at home, and the tube was full of Arse fans. Three were sitting opposite me, and their whole conversation was about Klinsman, how good he was, and why couldn’t Arsenal sign a superstar like him. I sat their smugly smiling to myself, thinking yes, we’ve got one up on the scum at last.
    If only Jurgen had stayed another season and seen out his contract, he would have gone down in history along with Danny Blanchflower, Jimmy Greaves and Dave Mackay. The man was absolute class

  9. Tottenham On My Mind Says:

    Hi,

    A recent post on my blog has generated a nostalgia fest - maybe some comments that you could use: http://tottenhamonmymind.wordpress.com/2009/09/30/if-you-know-your-history-spurs-players-score-four-and-i-was-there-mostly

    All the best,

    Al

  10. Steve Says:

    Pity he did not stay long enough, wonder what would have happen if he stayed after his first season in 1994-95.

  11. Neil the yido Says:

    Simples hahahaha A brill striker with flair and the ability to finish off any team. Wish he had stayed on longer.

  12. Stratty Says:

    The bicycle kick against Everton, on his home debut.

    We thought we were in the wrong ground! :D

  13. Olivia Says:

    Can anyone tell me if he ever scored against Liverpool FC?

  14. Olivia Says:

    Can anyone tell me if Jurgen ever scored against Liverpool FC?

  15. AllActionNoPlot Says:

    Olivia, he scored against Liverpool in the 1995 FA Cup Quarter-Final, a last-minute goal to win it for Spurs 2-1, at Anfield.
    In his second spell at Spurs he scored at White Hart Lane in a 3-3 draw against Liverpool, in March 1998.
    Any further questions feel free to shout at allactionnoplot@hotmail.co.uk.

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