German Football Legend Jurgen Klinsmann

This summer Jurgen Klinsmann will take the USA team to the World Cup final. He will be trying to become just the third person to win the trophy as a player and as a manager. The odds 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 Jurgen 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 starts by talking to him about his childhood in Stuttgart and how his father was initially against his son having a career in football, wanting the teenage Jurgen to follow his career in baking.

But he was too good as a schoolboy player - he 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.

Klinnsman 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: fellow German Franz Beckenbauer.

He also tells Peter about his life in the USA where football, or soccer, is a poor cousin to the main sports in the country and how, as the coach of the national team, he is in a unique position of not only trying to progress the elite players in the country, but also to try and build a substantial base of for the sport to grow.

Jurgen 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.

He also tells Peter how he will feel when he faces Germany - the side he once managed - in Brazil later in the summer.

Picture: Jurgen Klinsmann, Credit: Paul Vernon/AFP/Getty Images

Presenter: Peter Bowes
Production : Richard McIlroy and Jitesh Parmar

55 minutes

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Sun 1 Jun 2014 11:06 GMT

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