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Klopp in 2010
|Full name||Jürgen Norbert Klopp|
|Date of birth||16 June 1967|
|Place of birth||Stuttgart, West Germany|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Defender|
|Current club||Borussia Dortmund (Manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jürgen Norbert Klopp (German pronunciation: [ˈjʏɐ̯ɡən ˈklɔp] ( ); born 16 June 1967) is a German football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
With Klopp as a manager, Borussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga in 2011 and 2012, the DFB-Pokal in 2012, and the DFL-Supercup in 2008 (unofficially) and 2013. Klopp won the German Football Manager of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
Upon his retirement playing for Mainz 05, Klopp was appointed as the club's manager. He remained as manager for seven years, during which time he led the team to its first appearance in the Bundesliga, and qualification for the 2005–06 UEFA Cup. At the end of the 2006–07 season, Mainz 05 were relegated, but Klopp chose to remain with the club. However, due to the fact that they were not able to achieve promotion, he resigned at the end of the 2007–08 season.
In May 2008, Klopp was approached to become the new manager of Borussia Dortmund, eventually signing a two-year contract at the club, which had finished in a disappointing 13th place under previous manager Thomas Doll. In his first season in charge, Klopp guided Borussia Dortmund to win the DFB-Supercup, defeating German champions Bayern Munich. Klopp took the club to a sixth place finish in his first season in charge, and a fifth place finish in the season after that, before leading the club to successive Bundesliga titles in the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons.
During the 2011–12 Bundesliga season, the 81 points accrued by Borussia Dortmund was the greatest points tally ever amassed in Bundesliga history and the 47 points earned in the second half of the season also set a new record. Borussia Dortmund's 25 league wins equalled Bayern Munich's 1972–73 milestone, while their 28-league match unbeaten sequence was the best ever recorded in a single German top-flight season. The record number of points (for the whole season and the second half of the season) and the record number of league wins set or equalled by Borussia Dortmund in the 2011–2012 season were broken by FC Bayern Munich in the 2012–2013 season. On 12 May 2012, Klopp made Borussia Dortmund history by sealing the club's first ever domestic double, by defeating Bayern Munich 5–2 to win the DFB-Pokal. Klopp described the double as being "better than (he) could have imagined".
Borussia Dortmund's league form during the 2012–13 season was not as impressive as in the previous campaign, with Klopp insisting that his team would focus on the Champions League to make up for their disappointing run in that competition in the previous season. Klopp's team were drawn against Manchester City, Real Madrid and Ajax in the coined 'Group of Death'. However, they did not lose a game, topping the group with some impressive performances, especially against Jose Mourinho's Madrid side. Borussia Dortmund progressed all the way to the final, meeting Real Madrid again in the semi final stages of the competition. After an excellent result against them at home in the first leg, a 4–1 victory, a 2–0 loss meant Dortmund only narrowly progressed to the final. Dortmund lost the final 1–2 to Bayern Munich, with an 89th minute goal from Arjen Robben.
From 2005, Klopp appeared as a regular expert commentator on the German television network ZDF, giving his views on games of the German national football team. On 20 October 2006, he received the Deutscher Fernsehpreis in the category of best sports show. His term ended after UEFA Euro 2008. He was succeeded by Oliver Kahn. During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he worked with RTL alongside Günther Jauch.
Klopp's popularity is used in advertisements by, among others, the footwear-, athlete clothing- and sporty fashion-company Puma, the carmaker Opel and the German cooperative banking group Volksbanken-Raiffeisenbanken. According to Horizont, the German special magazine for the advertisement industry, and the business weekly Wirtschaftswoche, Klopp's role as "brand ambassador" for Opel successfully helped the struggling carmaker to increase sales.
Klopp is currently married for the second time. He has two sons, one who played for Borussia Dortmund II before he retired due to injuries. Since 2009, Klopp has been living in Herdecke, where many Borussia Dortmund players also live.
In 1995, Klopp successfully finished his studies of Sports science by obtaining a Diplom at the Goethe University Frankfurt. He wrote his diploma thesis about Walking (Walking – Bestandsaufnahme und Evaluationsstudie einer Sportart für alle).
Klopp is a Protestant Christian who frequently confesses his faith in public. In a number of interviews and evangelical publications he refers to Jesus Christ as the basis of his life.
- As of 7 December 2013.
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|Borussia Dortmund||1 July 2008||Present||241||139||56||46||485||240||+245||57.68|
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