Jurgen: "It feels like I'm home, even if it's just for a few hours"
Mon 08 May 2017, 18:30|Tottenham Hotspur
The days, hours and minutes are ticking away to 'The Lane, The Finale' and the final match at our famous old stadium against Manchester United on Sunday. To mark the occasion, we've spoken to a number of legends for their memories of White Hart Lane. First up, Jurgen Klinsmann...
- 38 goals in 68 matches in all competitions 1994-95, 1998
- FWA Footballer of the Year, 1994-95
- PFA Premier League Team of the Year, 1994-95
- European champion 1996, World Cup winner 1990
- Ballon d'Or runner-up, 1995
It was the first time he'd stepped onto the hallowed turf in over 15 years, but it was like Jurgen Klinsmann had never been away.
The legendary German striker was greeted by a huge roar from the White Hart Lane faithful during half-time of the derby win against Arsenal as he said one final goodbye to the stadium that means so much to him.
"It feels amazing to be back. I’ve lived in the United States almost 20 years now, but I still feel like I’m coming home, even if it’s just for a few hours," he said with that smile we'd seen so many times.
As he explained, Jurgen had been back a few times on international duty during his roles as coach of Germany and the USA, but the last time he'd been pitchside was back in 2002, when he took his place amongst fellow legends for the 'Tottenham Tribute Trust' match against DC United.
Below: Jurgen lines-up as part of the TTT match in 2002 - back row, from left - Kasey Keller, David Ginola, Jurgen, Gary Doherty, Goran Bunjevcevic, Gus Poyet. Front, from left - Paul Gascoigne, Dean Marney, Teddy Sheringham, Chris Perry, Steffen Freund
One of the all-time great strikers, European and World champion with Germany, Jurgen initially joined us in 1994 and formed a lethal strike partnership with Teddy Sheringham. Jurgen hit 29 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions including 20 in the Premier League as the pair banged in 52 goals between them. He returned in 1997-98 and helped us steer clear of potential relegation with another nine goals in 15 in the Premier League, including a four-goal salvo in a crucial late win at Wimbledon.
"To be back here now in this special stadium means a lot," said Jurgen.
"For me, it was an unforgettable experience to play here. I’ve never felt the connection so deeply between the fans and the players in a stadium. You cannot describe the energy when you are on the field. You feel responsible to deliver something to the fans and I will never forget that.
"Really, my special memory is the people. You feel connected to Tottenham, the stadium and the area, you feel connected to everyone here and you try to win, try to score and the feeling is just so special.
"Of course, there are memories of special goals and wins but what remains after that is the connection to the people here and that’s what I will always be thankful for."