Klinsmann believes pickup and playground soccer is key to early success

Jurgen Klinsmann knows a thing or two about what it takes to succeed as a player at the top level, and it may be simpler than you think.

The German-born former striker was 10 years old when his country hosted and won the 1974 World Cup, and says that his development into an international superstar wasn’t dependent on being able to afford expensive fees charged by top youth clubs, nor the ambition to earn a scholarship to a top high school or collegiate program.

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