Not Ozil or Ballack, Tottenham’s Jurgen Klinsmann is still the best

Jurgen Klinsmann

Is Tottenham's Jurgen Klinsmann still the best German who ever played in Premier League, ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal pretenders?

After Jurgen Klinsmann’s time with Tottenham Hotspur there have been a lot of prospects coming from Germany to England: Michael Ballack, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil, to name just a few.

But the striker from the Stuttgart Region in Germany’s south is still one of the best who ever played in Premier League – maybe the best?

Perhaps it is not fair to the others: Mesut Ozil has just arrived. Andre Schurrle has not the world class quality just yet. Maybe Lukas Podolski has it, but he has been hurt. Per Mertesacker is a solid defender, but not a game changer or a creative one. He doesn’t have to either.

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Michael Ballack was rock solid and a world class player, but one could argue that Jurgen Klinsmann still has a slight advantage, mainly because Tottenham Hotspur’s striker had won titles at the international level.

Not with the Spurs though. But he had 21 goals in 41 league’s appearances.

Clearly the Announcer got carried away: “Anderton a good cross for … Klinsmann … Jurgen Klinsmann …a great header … and the German star opens his account … with a dive.”

Klinsmann’s first goal as a Tottenham (at 1:55) was a great one. Many others followed. Some of them were superb with a great expression of his athletic skill: For example his famous falling overhead kick in acrobatic fashion against Everton in the 1994/1995 season.

What breaks him away from his German colleagues is his sense of humor. Once hated for his in-game dives, Jurgen Klinsmann became famous for his goal celebration dive. Tottenham loved him for that.

One article puts it right on the money: “The transformation was perfectly captured by two pieces in the Guardian. One, written, in June 1994, was entitled ‘Why I Hate Jurgen Klinsmann’. The other, published a couple of months later, was headed ‘Why I Love Jurgen Klinsmann’. They were written by the same writer […]”

Who do you think is the best German Premier League’s player? Who should be in the top 5? Should Manchester City’s Bert Trautmann be the best if you take it further back?

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