Klinsmann dives on his debut (August 1994)

In the summer of 1994, Tottenham Hotspur owner Alan Sugar and manager Ossie Ardiles managed to convince Jurgen Klinsmann to come and play in the Premier League for the north Londoners. Klinsmann was one of the leading strikers in world football, having played for the likes of VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan and AS Monaco in his club career. He’d also helped West Germany win the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Coming from the principality of Monaco, Klinsmann arrived with a bad reputation among the media and neutral supporters. He had developed a reputation as a ‘diver.’ In his press conference unveiling, he joked: “I just want to ask if there are any diving schools in London!”

On his debut at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday, Klinsmann was man-marked all day by Des Walker. However, he eventually broke free to head the winning goal in an exciting 4-3 victory for Tottenham. Encouraged pre-match by strike partner Teddy Sheringham, Klinsmann then famously did a ‘dive’ goal celebration, joined in by his new club teammates.

Klinsmann won over the fans and the media. He finished as Tottenham’s top scorer as they finished seventh and won the Football Writers’ Award before controversially returning to the Bundesliga to play for Bayern Munich in the summer of 1995. Klinsmann would finish his club career with Tottenham in a second spell three years later.

This remains one of the league’s most iconic goal celebrations.

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