“I was a striker, actually, to start,” Jonathan Klinsmann says. “Attacking mid, striker. Goalscorer. I went in goal just for fun in school and I loved it. I loved just diving and getting dirty. Eventually I just stayed there and I love it.
The Southern California-raised Klinsmann also excelled at basketball.
“At the age of 12,” father Jurgen Klinsmann told FIFA.com. “He was an attacking midfielder until then and was very talented and then suddenly he said he wanted to play goalie. At the same time he loved to play basketball, so he was always kind of catching the ball.”
Jurgen Klinsmann also said he didn’t push Jonathan toward soccer. “No, no, no,” he said. “I just hoped he would enjoy a team sport. Until the age of 16 he wasn’t sure if he should go with basketball or soccer. But he chose soccer. He was very talented at basketball.”
Said Jonathan in the FIFA.com article: “He just let it happen. Same applies not even for sports or soccer. They [my paremts] never really pushed me for sports or anything. They let me choose and find my passion. It ended up being soccer and it ended up being in goal. He helps me out every single day and he loves it.”