This photo of Jürgen Klinsmann signing for Tottenham Hotspur will make you feel old

Remember when Jürgen Klinsmann signed for Spurs from Monaco in 1994.  It was one of the Premier League’s first foreign superstar signing and caused quite the stir.

Here are 4 great reactions from Jürgen, his manager, football writer Henry Winter and PFA chairman Gordon Taylor –  along with the most 90s photo ever.


Ossie Ardiles was excited

The signing is something that we have been working on for a long, long time. Going forward we are certainly going to be very, very strong.

Jürgen was up for the challenge

At first I considered going back to Italy, then I was thinking more and more about Tottenham – a large and prestigious club. They gave me the possibility of playing for the championship.

Henry Winter thought he was like a hitch hiker

The multilingual baker’s son should know, a career characterised by wanderlust having taken him from Germany with Stuttgarter Kickers and VfB Stuttgart to Inter in Italy. A fruitless flirtation with Real Madrid occurred before Klinsmann played in his fourth country, France, with Monaco. Such a nomadic professional life is reflected in Klinsmann’s main hobby: hitch- hiking across America.

PFA chairmen Gordon Taylor thought Jürgen was insecure but that he would help English football

Professionals are very insecure. Their first priority is money. But another priority is to play in front of full theatres and our aggregate attendances are the highest in the world – even (than) Italy’s.

If we have the likes of Ardiles, Dumitrescu, and Klinsmann in our league, the emphasis will be less on crash, bang, wallop and more on the passing style.

Klinsmann went on to score 21 goals in 42 games for Spurs before sealing a move back home to Germany with Bayern Münich.

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