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True Grit
Alexander Wolff
June 20, 1994
Germany's Jürgen Klinsmann is a down-to-earth superstar
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June 20, 1994

True Grit

Germany's Jürgen Klinsmann is a down-to-earth superstar

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Klinsmann's contract with AS Monaco is up, and he doesn't rule out returning to Italy. According to press reports, Sampdoria of Genoa has offered him $4.5 million for next season. "I will play the next two years in Europe, through the 1996 European Championships," he says. "After that, anything is possible."

Yet Italy is a course he has already taken and passed. Among the soccer subjects he hasn't yet studied are England and Spain; and there's Japan, too, where the game is booming and the culture would fascinate him. Of course there's also that destination Snoopy is so determinedly headed to. By 1995, Major League Soccer is supposed to be off the flowcharts and spreadsheets and running in the U.S. A 32- or 33-year-old Klinsmann could give the fledgling league a goose for a few seasons, in the same way aging internationals like Pelé and Giorgio Chinaglia took the North American Soccer League in the '70s to a height it ultimately fell from.

After that, he says, "I'd like to work with people, work with my languages. And I'd have a lot of fun working with kids. If you know something like that, please tell me."

With Klinsmann, always a conversation, never an interview.

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