Jurgen Klinsmann arrived in the Premier League in 1994 as the first superstar foreign signing in English football, and quickly made an impact with Tottenham Hotspur.
The German forward, who also starred for VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, Monaco and Bayern Munich during his career, played a major role in his nation’s World Cup win just four years previously. It was a surprise, to say the least, to see him end up at White Hart Lane following a season of struggle in the Premier League.
‘Klinsi’ hit the ground running, though, scoring on his debut and cementing his image in the minds of English football fans forever with a famous celebration, before being stretchered off. He scored a remarkable 29 goals in all competitions that year, including a memorable late winner against Liverpool in the FA Cup, before moving back to Germany.
In the latest episode of the 90’s Football Hall of Fame podcast, football writer Daniel Storey joins co-hosts Ste McGovern and Peter Henry to discuss Klinsmann’s sensational season in England, the swan dive celebration, the story behind his shock signing for Spurs, and why he has since trampled on much of the goodwill he garnered during his playing days.