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OU on the BBC: The Managers - Football legend Jurgen Klinsmann

Updated Friday, 30th May 2014

Former West German World Cup winner Jürgen Klinsmann discusses the influences of the coaches he played under.

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Jürgen Klinsmann Creative commons image Icon André Zehetbauer under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license The fourth episode of The Managers focuses on one of Germany's premier strikers during the 1990s, Jürgen Klinsmann.

This summer Jürgen Klinsmann will take the USA team to the World Cup Finals, he will be trying to become just the third person to win the trophy both as a player and as a manager. The odds though are stacked against him; the USA team he took over in 2011 are one of the outsiders for the trophy.

But, there is no doubt that Jürgen Klinsmann is one of the most insightful and interesting managers in world football, and in the run up to the start of the tournament Peter Bowes meets him in Los Angeles, where he has lived for the past 20 years.

Peter talks to Jürgen about his childhood in Stuttgart and how his father was initially against him having a career in football, wanting him to follow his career in baking. But he was too good as a schoolboy player and once scored 16 goals in a game, which brought him to the attention of his local club, Stuttgart . From there he played around Europe, in Italy for Internazionale, in France with Monaco and in England for Tottenham Hotspur.

Jürgen tells Peter how his biggest coaching inspiration was one of the two people to have achieved the feat of lifting the World Cup as a coach and as a player Franz Beckenbauer. He talks about his philosophy as a coach, how he empowers his players to make their own decisions and how the philosophy his team lives by must start at the top with his coaches.

The Managers on BBC World Service

You can listen to The Managers on BBC World Service on Saturday 31st May 2014 at 18:06 GMT, and on Sunday 1st June 2014 at 11:06 GMT. For further details of broadcasts of this programme on BBC World Service, please visit






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