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Jurgen's top five

Posted on 16 October 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Jurgen Klinsmann recalls his greatest Spurs moments in his own words as we continue our countdown to Thursday's Tottenham Tribute Match at the Lane.

The German hero is back in action against America MLS outfit DC United alongside fellow legends Glenn Hoddle, David Ginola, Paul Gascoigne, Chris Waddle, Paul and Clive Allen in a match to raise funds for former players.

There were no surprises when we asked for fans' thoughts for our ongoing feature 'Your Greatest Spurs Moments' - which is now up to 100 - Jurgen Klinsmann featured in five of them.

Here are those five moments in the words of the the great man himself...

Dateline: August 20, 1994. Hillsborough. Sheffield Wednesday 3-4 Spurs.

The famous 'diving' celebration to mark his first goal for the club in a 4-3 win at Sheffield Wednesday. In an eventful debut, Jurgen was stretchered off after being knocked out...

Jurgen: "It was a very special moment because before the game started we were welcomed at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium by all the diving signs, 5.9, 5.8, all that sort of thing and we were all laughing about it. Teddy Sheringham came up and said 'Jurgen, if you score your first goal here, we're all going to do a dive'. It was like all the pieces of the puzzle came together, I scored the goal and the whole team came over and did the dive. The wonderful thing was that the fans from Sheffield even laughed about it. Everyone took it the right way and it was a great way to start the season, although I got knocked out at the end of the game after a clash against Des Walker."

Dateline: August 24, 1994. White Hart Lane. Spurs 2-1 Everton.

A double in his first home Premiership game against Everton including a magnificent overhead kick, followed by another 'diving celebration'...

Jurgen: "It was just as special at the first one. It was continuing the story from the week before because Teddy Sheringham's son Charlie, he was little at that time, he asked if we could do the dive again if we scored. Then I scored with such an unusual goal and the whole team ran over - I still remember Ian Walker running all the way down and joining in. My little boy has seen it on the video tape and he loves to watch it now and again because of all the guys jumping around."

Dateline: March 11, 1995. Anfield. FA Cup quarter-final. Liverpool 1-2 Spurs.

Arguably the best performance and result of the season as Jurgen and Teddy Sheringham link up to score a goal each. Jurgen's winner comes in the final minute and, with applause of the home fans ringing around Anfield, he leaves the pitch in tears, clearly overwhelmed by the occasion...

Jurgen: "When I grew up we had the English league on TV and when I was little, that was the great years of Liverpool. To play them at this famous stadium, Anfield, which has such a big name around the continent and then scoring that goal a minute before the end, winning the game, we'd never won a cup game at Anfield before. The nicest part came afterwards in the dressing rooim when the whole team sang me a song. It was very emotional. I will always remember the Liverpool fans clapping us off the pitch and that is fair play you can only expect in England. Great fans at their stadium and recognising we were just the better team that day. A very special moment."

Dateline: May 2, 1998. Selhurst Park. Wimbledon 2-6 Spurs.

Jurgen hadn't enjoyed the best of seconds spells at the club but came up with the goods when it mattered. Relegation was a stark reality but Jurgen secured victory at Selhurst Park with four goals in the space of 20 minutes either side of half-time after we'd trailed 2-1. Defeat would have left us in a mess, Jurgen made sure it didn't happen...

Jurgen: "The second spell was a lot different. The club was in big trouble and when I decided to come back the team was second off the bottom and I was in problems as well. I had just recovered from a bad ankle injury, had problems with Genoa because they changed the manager and I did't get along with him. The conversations started with Alan Sugar and Christian Gross and we did the whole thing but I knew it would take a little time for me to get back into shape but once I was there, I then broke my jaw. It was a completely different story. I knew though once I was fit and got my sharpness together I would have my imput and fortunately I still had time left to prove that. Everyone was under pressure and the whole environment was nervous but we pulled together at Wimbledon and eventually climbed up the table. It was great at Wimbledon. We breathed a sign of relief afterwards. It helped me to do what I planned, to help Spurs get away from relegation and also help myself get into shape for the World Cup. It worked out perfectly. The World Cup went well as well and I then had a clean conscience to say 'okay guys, that's it' and I retired after the World Cup."

Dateline: May 10, 1998. White Hart Lane. Spurs 1-1 Southampton.

An emotional farewell for both Jurgen and Gary Mabbutt, who both played their final games for Spurs that day. Jurgen marked his last appearance at the Lane with a cracker and what turned out to be his last goal in his last club game - he went on to retire after the World Cup...

Jurgen: "The last game against Southampton. I hadn't told people at that time that I was going to stop playing after the World Cup because I wanted to approach the World Cup in a relaxed way without the hassle. I kept that decision within the family. I knew that goal was going to be my last club goal and it meant a lot to me that it was at White Hart Lane and in front of the Spurs fans."