1964: Born July 30 in Goppingen, Germany.
1978: Begins his professional career with Stuttgarter Kickers.
1982: Breaks into Stuttgarter first team.
1984: Finishes 1983-84 season with 19 goals and then joins Bundesliga side Stuttgart.
1987: Makes full international debut in 1-1 draw with Brazil.
1988: Finishes as top scorer in the Bundesliga and is named German Footballer of the Year.
September - Wins a bronze medal as part of the West Germany team at the Seoul Olympics.
1989: Moves to Italy to join Serie A giants Inter Milan.
1990: Wins 1990 World Cup with West Germany.
1991: Wins UEFA Cup with Inter.
1992: Part of Germany side which finishes as runners-up to Denmark at the European Championships in Sweden.
1992: July - Joins Monaco.
1994: Named German Footballer of the Year.
July - Scores five goals at World Cup before Germany are eliminated by Bulgaria in quarter-finals.
Ossie Ardiles' Tottenham. Becomes a fans' favourite and is named England's Footballer of the Year.
1995: Returns to his native Germany to join Bayern Munich after Spurs fail to qualify for Europe.
August - Named captain of the Germany national team.
1996: Scores a record 15 goals to help Bayern to UEFA Cup glory.
June - Wins European Championships with Germany, playing the pass for Oliver Bierhoff to score Germany's golden-goal winner against Czech Republic at Wembley.
1997: Wins Bundesliga title with Bayern.
May - Moves to Sampdoria and scores two goals in eight appearances.
1998: Rejoins Tottenham and scores nine goals to help the north London club avoid relegation.
July - Appears for Germany at the World Cup in France and retires from football after quarter-final defeat to Croatia, having scored 47 goals in 108 international appearances.
2004: February - Named Los Angeles Galaxy technical advisor.
July - Appointed Germany head coach after the national team's disappointing group-stage exit at Euro 2004. Remains based in California.
2006: Leads Germany to third place in World Cup on home soil with 3-1 victory over Portugal, after 2-0 defeat to Italy in semi-final.
July 12 - German FA (DFB) confirm Klinsmann will not renew contract despite successful World Cup campaign.
2008: January 11 - Bayern confirm Klinsmann will succeed Ottmar Hitzfeld as head coach on July 1.
2009: April 27 - Sacked as Bayern coach following a series of poor results.