On this day: Tottenham sign Germany star Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann

Spurs surprised the footballing world when they signed the Monaco forward after the World Cup in the USA in 1994.

Twenty-one years ago, on the 29th June 1994, Tottenham Hotspur completed one of the club's most exciting transfers in it's history, when Spurs signed Germany international Jurgen Klinsmann from Monaco for £2 million.

Klinsmann's arrival at Spurs was a famous one, with then chairman Alan Sugar signing the German a coup given his status as a top striker and World Cup winner. It was part of an ambitious attempt to once again turn Spurs into one of the most attractive attacking sides in the country, even if the 'Famous Five' employed by Ossie Ardilles early on in that season ended up being partly responsible for getting the White Hart Lane legend sacked.

Even after Gerry Francis was appointed manager, Klinsmann was utilised in a side that also included Teddy Sheringham, Darren Anderton and Nick Barmby, with Ilie Dumitrescu the fifth attacking player to miss out for much of the season.

Klinsmann quickly won the hearts of the Tottenham faithful by scoring what turned out to be the decisive goal on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday, and then being joined by the entire Spurs side as he self-depractingly dived across the pitch in celebration. It would endear him to the whole of English football, who had looked with disdain at his diving antics in the past, and Klinsmann ended up winning the Football Writer's Player of the Year award.

The striking combination of Klinsmann and Sheringham was a prolific one, with the new arrival netted 29 goals for the club and Teddy scoring 23 times, one of the most prolific partnerships the club have ever had, as Spurs finished 7th and reached the FA Cup semi-finals.

The German's stay was destined to be a short one, despite Spurs fans falling for the striker, he moved to Bayern Munich after just one season. 

But there would be more to come, as he returned for a final few months after leaving Sampdoria in 1998, helping to pull the club out of a relegation battle under Christian Gross with 9 goals in 15 games, including four in one match against Wimbledon. 

Klinsmann would feature in the World Cup in France for Germany that summer, before retiring from player and moving into coaching.

Now, 50-years-old, Klinsmann is currently the US national team manager, and he reportedly played a part in convincing DeAndre Yedlin that a switch to the Lane would be a great career move, according to ESPN.

Harry Kane is Tottenham's current striker hero, and there have been few players to rival the homegrown hero in adulation over the years, but Klinsmann was undoubtedly one of the club's favourites.

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