Jurgen Klinsmann is on course to be the most successful German manager of all time if he maintains his present run of success. Tonight in Nuremberg in the FIFA Confederations Cup game against Argentina, Klinsmann will be hoping his team record their tenth victory in his 14th game in charge of the Nationalmannschaft. So far only the 3-1 defeat against South Korea in Busan last December spoils a record which reads: W9 D3 L1.
Of course, the German team under Klinsmann played only friendly matches before their first two matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup but his statistics from his first 13 games compares favourably with all the great German coaches.
Franz Beckenbauer had an indifferent start before he gave Germany their third FIFA World Cup title in 1990, posting a starting sequence of 6-1-6. Sepp Herberger, who reigned between 1936-64 and is recognised as the greatest German coach of all time after steering them to their first FIFA World Cup triumph in 1954, began 8-3-2 while Rudi Voller, Klinsmann's predecessor, started 8-4-1.
Only Jupp Derwall (1978-84) had a better start to his time in charge of the German team with a 10-3-0 record. And in fact his 45-11-11 tally in a total of 67 games shows a higher ratio of victories per games (67 per cent) than Herberger (57 per cent), Beckenbauer (55 per cent) and Helmut Schon (1964-78 and Germany's other FIFA World Cup winning-coach 63 per cent).