Tuesday 20 August 2013

On this day in 1994: Klinsmann's striking Spurs debut

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Klinsmann's memorable debut goal and celebration

  • Jurgen Klinsmann is buried underneath his team mates following his first goal for Spurs

  • The German forward was voted the Football Writers' Player of the Year that season

  • In 1997 he cemented his cult status when he returned to help Spurs avoid relegation

  • He has joined other Spurs legends in charity games, including this one in 2002

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 20 August 1994 - Sheffield Wednesday 3 Spurs 4

Germany international Jurgen Klinsmann capped his debut for Tottenham Hotspur with a goal and famous 'swallow dive' celebration in a pulsating 4-3 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

The striker had an illustrious career before he moved to England, winning the 1990 FIFA World Cup with Germany and enjoying great domestic success with VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan and Monaco, before deciding to test himself in the English top flight.

His arrival had an instant impact as Ossie Ardiles' Spurs side fielded five attacking players in an enthralling encounter in Sheffield.

Teddy Sheringham, who was the top scorer in the inaugural 1992/93 Barclays Premier League campaign, fired Spurs in to the lead at Hillsborough.

Ardiles' charges went 2-0 up through Darren Anderton but the Owls pegged them back with a strike from Dan Petrescu and an unfortunate own goal from Colin Calderwood.

With 19 minutes remaining, Nicky Barmby rifled past Wednesday keeper Kevin Pressman to give Spurs the lead once more, but 10 minutes later Klinsmann stole the headlines with a powerful header and famous 'swallow dive' celebration as he marked his first match in English football with a decisive goal.

David Hirst made it 4-3 just moments later to set up a tense finale, but Spurs took the three points back to London.

Klinsmann scored 21 goals in an impressive debut season in the Premier League. He returned to Germany in 1995 with Bayern Munich but it was not long before he made his presence known in the top flight once more, as he cemented his cult-hero status with a memorable loan spell in the 1997/98 campaign.

He re-joined Spurs in December 1997, with the side in the relegation zone, and scored nine important goals, including four strikes against Wimbledon, as the North Londoners steered clear of safety.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Jurgen Klinsmann capped his Tottenham Hotspur debut with a goal and famous celebration as Spurs won 4-3 at Sheffield Wednesday