That Time Jurgen Klingsmann was My Neighbor

by Erika Torres

Jurgen KlinsmannI don’t follow soccer. Heck, I don’t really follow any sports.

But whenever the world cup comes along, or the Super Bowl, I like to watch and get into it, even if I may not know everything that’s going on.

Like trashy reality TV is my thing, soccer is Eric’s thing.

He played competitively in high school and traveled across Europe due to his soccer skills.

So I figure for as many times as I’ve made Eric put up with the Real Housewives of Orange County, I can do my part to support him during world cup time, right?

And it’s fun to get in there and support your country and hope they beat other countries.

But because I’m all about reality TV and celebrities, I figured I would share my story about how we ran into Jurgen Klinsmann in our neighborhood.

Back when we lived in the love shack, we were just a few blocks from the ritzy neighborhoods of Newport Beach.

On the rare Saturday mornings that Eric would have off, we loved to take Bentley and go for a long morning walk to our favorite coffee shop. We’d walk the ritzy neighborhoods and dream of the day when we would own our own home.

On one such morning walk, we went on the ritziest street that had the ginormous houses with ocean views. It’s like Stepford Wives meets Beverly Hills.

As we were walking down this street on an early Saturday morning, some man comes out of one of the houses with a coffee mug in his hand and a young boy and a soccer ball.

The man waves at us “Good morning,” gets in his car with his son, and drives off.

A few steps later, Eric whispers to me “Do you know who that was?!”

Racking my head for every celebrity name in my arsenal, I excitedly ask, “Who?!”

Eric whispers to me, “It was Jurgen Klinsmann! I had a poster of him in my room growing up!”

Again, I say, “Who??”

Then he tells me about him, his soccer skills, etc. etc.

Had I known the man was a famous soccer star that Eric was in love with, I totally would have stopped the guy and asked for his autograph or a photo or something, because I have no shame.

But anyway, that’s my story and that’s how I turned the World Cup into a celebrity event where I can say “Oh yeah, me and Jurgen Klinsmann had coffee together.”

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Teffany @ Gen Y Finances June 28, 2014 - 5:27 am

Nice story. I am glad you had friends with a celebrity.. Me? I am wanting to have a celebrity friend or neighbor as well as you. hehe 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

Tonya@Budget and the Beach June 27, 2014 - 3:25 pm

ha ha I would have been totally with you there saying, “who?” I have to admit (because I’m not watching soccer at all) that I had no idea who this guy was until I watched something on Access Hollywood and they mentioned he lived with his former model wife in the OC.

Raquel@Practical Cents June 27, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Ha! That’s a good one. Jurgen has been doing a great job coaching the USA team.

Reply June 27, 2014 - 11:50 am

i really enjoyed this lil story!

Lindsay @ The Newlywed Notebook June 27, 2014 - 11:04 am

haha that’s awesome!! You are basically best friends with a celebrity.. or at least that’s how I would tell the story. I’m sure my Eric would have been starstruck as well, but I totally would have been in the same boat as you. I can barely recognize a GB Packer player when we see one and we live about 20 minutes away from one of their favorite hangout so it happens quite often….fail lol


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