The year 2020 will begin with a touch of nostalgia to get Hertha Berlin coach Jürgen Klinsmann as he continues his quest to get a Berlin future with a blast from his past that is personal, with Bayern Munich. When the 55-year-old former head coach of the US Men’s National Team answered the Old Lady’s telephone at the end of November, one date will have been highlighted in the journal. That afternoon comes this Sunday as Klinsmann prepares to plot the downfall of a team at which he enjoyed success as a player, and cut his teeth as a club trainer.”I am so grateful for the years I spent in Munich,” Klinsmann said when appointed into only his next club coaching position late last year, even following spells in charge of Germany and the USA. “I learnt so much there, that has served me well.” The Stuttgart-born 55-year-old was speaking to his time as a participant when he topped the Bavarians’ scoring charts between 1995 and 1997, also winning the Bundesliga and UEFA Cup, in addition to his single-season as their coach in 2008/09. They had been contrasting eras, the former tinged with success, 31 goals in 65 Bundesliga matches, and trophies to adorn the cabinet, the latter a crash course in attempting to manage the expectations of Germany’s most successful club.

It is with a blend of both adventures that he is now masterminding Berlin’s rise from the realms of relegation to exactly what he and the funding club expect will be a future filled more with the type of joys Klinsmann experienced as a participant in Munich.”I feel that Berlin and Hertha desire a personality like him to take us forward,” explained Hertha’s general director Michael Preetz because he sat alongside Klinsmann on the day he had been presented as their new coach. “This may be an extremely sensible choice, and it is the situation we’re now in, able to take the next step together. It was our intention to find somebody with whom we can take this step forward.”Klinsmann arrived in the capital in the stead of Ante Covic, just 12 games into the season and with only goal difference separating them by the relegation play-off berth. In five games, he has raised them three places and opened up a four-point cushion on that bottom three. They go onto a four-game unbeaten streak, having last conceded a goal on 6 and trying to find a consecutive shutout, which are a club record. Klinsmann never handled more than sheets in Munich, to put that into context. There, he inherited the instruments of a team that had only been crowned Bundesliga champions to the 20th time, albeit with no aid of retiring Willy Sagnol and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn. A pyrotechnic win over third-division Rot-Weiss Erfurt at the initial round of the DFB Cup set for what would be a year of imbalances at a bar accustomed to winning the tone. A 5-1 defeat at Wolfsburg — the last time Bayern declared five earlier Eintracht Frankfurt beat them by precisely the same scoreline before this season — preceded a 1-0 loss at home to Schalke, which resulted in Klinsmann being relieved of his duties prior to the end of April 2009 as the name slipped out of their grasps.

Jupp Heynckes came in and succeeded in directing Bayern back up one position to second, and into the UEFA Champions League, as Klinsmann’s very first experience of coaching at club level, with warmed the hearts of German football fans by leading their national team to third place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup on home soil, finished prematurely. After dispelling a few of those clouds by winning at the 2013 Gold Cup and guiding the USMNT to the final 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Klinsmann is currently eager to clear the skies further, to resemble the habitual view from his Huntington Beach abode in California, by beating Bayern at Berlin. His team got a sight of this serene skies he has once they spent preparing for the next half of this year in Orlando, the Sunshine State, through the winter break. A 2-1 friendly win over Frankfurt has further lifted the spirits in a club Klinsmann is looking to lead together with the dream and drive he learned at Bayern, employing their own values against them in a bid to begin 2020; Using the tools of his own Bayern side all those years ago to form Hertha’s future.