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Jürgen Klopp
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Klopp with Liverpool in 2016
Personal information
Full name Jürgen Norbert Klopp[1]
Date of birth (1967-06-16) 16 June 1967 (age 49)[1]
Place of birth Stuttgart, West Germany
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position
Club information
Current team
Liverpool (manager)
Youth career
1972–1983 SV Glatten
1983–1987 TuS Ergenzingen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987 1. FC Pforzheim 4 (0)
1987–1988 Eintracht Frankfurt Under 23
1988–1989 Viktoria Sindlingen[2]
1989–1990 Rot-Weiss Frankfurt[3]
1990–2001 Mainz 05 337 (52)
Teams managed
2001–2008 Mainz 05
2008–2015 Borussia Dortmund
2015– Liverpool

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Jürgen Norbert Klopp (German pronunciation: [ˈjʏɐ̯ɡən ˈklɔp]; born 16 June 1967) is a German football manager and former professional player who is the current manager of Premier League club Liverpool.

Klopp spent most of his 15-year playing career at Mainz 05, before going on to become their longest-serving manager from 2001 to 2008, during which time they achieved promotion to the Bundesliga. In 2008, Klopp joined Borussia Dortmund, leading them to back-to-back Bundesliga wins in 2011 and 2012, as well as the DFB-Pokal in 2012, the DFL-Supercup in 2008, 2013 and 2014, and their second appearance in a UEFA Champions League final in 2013. Klopp won the German Football Manager of the Year in 2011 and 2012, before leaving Dortmund in 2015 having also become their longest-serving manager. He became manager of Liverpool in October 2015.

Playing career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Klopp was born in Stuttgart,[1] the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, and grew up in the countryside, in the Black Forest village of Glatten near Freudenstadt, with two older sisters.[citation needed] He started playing for Tus Ergenzingen as a junior player, with the next stint at 1. FC Pforzheim and then at three Frankfurt clubs, SG Eintracht Frankfurt (Under 23), Viktoria Sindlingen and Rot-Weiss Frankfurt, during adolescence.[citation needed] In 1990, in the play-off matches with RW Frankfurt against FSV Mainz 05 for the promotion to the 2. Bundesliga, he caught the attention of the Mainz manager and was signed by them the same summer, thus becoming a senior professional footballer.[citation needed]

Senior career: Mainz 05[edit]

Klopp played his entire senior professional career for Mainz 05, from 1990 to 2001,[4] making him a one-club man. Originally a striker, Klopp began to play as a defender in 1995.[4] He scored 52 league goals.[4]

Managerial career[edit]

Klopp with Mainz 05 in 2008

Mainz 05[edit]

Upon his retirement playing for Mainz 05, Klopp was appointed as the club's manager on 27 February 2001 following the sacking of Eckhard Krautzun.[5][6] The day after, Klopp took charge of their first match, which saw Mainz 05 secure a 1–0 home win over MSV Duisburg.[7][8] 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.[9] At the end of the 2006–07 season, Mainz 05 were relegated, but Klopp chose to remain with the club.[10] However, because they were not able to achieve promotion, he resigned at the end of the 2007–08 season.[11] He finished with a record of 109 wins, 78 draws and 83 losses.[12]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

2008–12[edit]

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.[13][14][15] In his first season in charge, Klopp guided Borussia Dortmund to win the DFB-Supercup, defeating German champions Bayern Munich.[16] Klopp took the club to a sixth-place finish in his first season in charge,[17] and a fifth-place finish in the season after that,[18] before leading the club to successive Bundesliga titles in the 2010–11[19] and 2011–12 seasons.[20][21]

Klopp with Borussia Dortmund in 2010

During the 2011–12 Bundesliga season, the 81 points accrued by Borussia Dortmund[22] 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.[23] 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.[24] 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 2011–12 season were broken by Bayern Munich in the 2012–13 season.[25] Dortmund lost the German Super Cup in 2011.[26] 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 2012 DFB-Pokal Final.[27] Klopp described the double as being "better than (he) could have imagined".[27][28][29]

2012–15[edit]

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 UEFA Champions League to make up for their disappointing run in that competition in the previous season.[citation needed] Klopp's team were drawn against Manchester City, Real Madrid and Ajax in the competition's group of death.[30] However, they did not lose a game, topping the group with some impressive performances, especially against José Mourinho's Madrid side.[citation needed] Borussia Dortmund progressed all the way to the final, meeting Real Madrid again in the semi-final stages of the competition.[31] 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.[32] Dortmund lost the final 2–1 to Bayern Munich, with an 89th-minute goal from Arjen Robben.[33] Dortmund finished in second place in the Bundesliga.[34] They also lost the 2012 German Super Cup[35] and were knocked out of the German Cup in the round of 16.[36]

Klopp with Borussia Dortmund in 2014

In the beginning of the 2013–14 season, Klopp extended his contract until June 2018.[37] Klopp received a fine of €10,000 on 17 March 2014 after getting ejected from a Bundesliga match against Borussia Mönchengladbach.[38] The ejection was a result of "verbal attack" on the referee.[39] Deniz Aytekin, who was the referee, stated that Klopp's behavior was "rude on more than one occasion".[39] Borussia Dortmund vorstand chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke stated that "I have to support Jürgen Klopp 100 percent in this case" because he saw no reason for a fine and denied that Klopp insulted the fourth official.[39] Dortmund finished the 2013–14 season in second place.[40] Also during the 2013–14 season, Dortmund won the German Super Cup,[41] and were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter–finals by Real Madrid.[42]

Dortmund started the 2014–15 season by winning the German Super Cup.[43] In April 2015, Klopp announced that he would leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the 2014–15 season to take a sabbatical.[44][45][46] His final match in charge of the team was the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, which Borussia Dortmund lost 3–1 against VfL Wolfsburg.[47] Dortmund finished in the league in seventh place[48] and were knocked out of Champions League in the round of 16 by Juventus.[49] He finished with a record of 179 wins, 69 draws, and 70 losses.[50]

Overview[edit]

Season League Cup Europe Other Ref.
M W D L GF GA Win % Pos. Pos. Pos. Pos.
2008–09 34 15 14 5 60 37 44.12 6th R16 FR [17][51]
2009–10 34 16 9 9 54 42 47.06 5th R16 [18][52]
2010–11 34 23 6 5 67 22 67.65 1st FR GS [19][53]
2011–12 34 25 6 3 80 25 73.53 1st W GS RU [22][26][54]
2012–13 34 19 9 6 81 42 55.88 2nd R16 F RU [34][35][36]
2013–14 34 22 5 7 80 38 64.71 2nd F QF W [40][41][42]
2014–15 34 13 7 14 47 42 38.24 7th F R16 W [43][48][49]
Totals 238 133 56 49 469 248 55.88

Liverpool[edit]

On 8 October 2015, Klopp agreed a three-year deal to become Liverpool manager, replacing Brendan Rodgers.[55][56] His debut was a 0–0 away draw with Tottenham Hotspur on 17 October 2015.[57] On 28 October 2015, Klopp secured his first win as Liverpool manager against Bournemouth in the League Cup to secure a place in the quarter-finals.[58] His first Premier League win came three days later, a 3–1 away victory against Chelsea.[59] After three 1–1 draws in the opening matches of the UEFA Europa League, Liverpool defeated Rubin Kazan with 1–0 in Klopp's first win in Europe as a Liverpool manager.[60]

On 6 February 2016, he missed a Premier League match to have an appendectomy after suffering a suspected appendicitis.[61] On 28 February 2016, Liverpool lost the 2016 League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium against Manchester City 3–1 on penalties.[62] On 17 March 2016, Klopp's Liverpool progressed to the quarter-final of the UEFA Europa League by defeating Manchester United 3–1 on aggregate.[63] On 14 April 2016, Liverpool fought back from a 3–1 second half deficit in the second leg of their quarter-final match against his former club, Borussia Dortmund, to win 4–3, advancing to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League 5–4 on aggregate.[64] On 5 May 2016, Klopp guided Liverpool to a first European final since 2007 by beating Villarreal 3–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.[65] In the final, Liverpool faced Sevilla, losing 1–3 with Daniel Sturridge scoring the opening goal for Liverpool in the first half.[66]

On 8 July 2016, Klopp and his coaching staff signed six-year extension to their deals keeping them until 2022.[67]

Media career[edit]

From 2005, Klopp appeared as a regular expert commentator on the German television network ZDF, giving his views on games of the Germany national team.[68] He worked as a match analyst during the 2006 World Cup, for which he received the Deutscher Fernsehpreis in the category of best sports show in October 2006, and also Euro 2008.[69][70][71] Klopp's term came to an end after the latter competition, and he was succeeded by Oliver Kahn.[72] During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, he worked with RTL alongside Günther Jauch.[68]

Endorsements[edit]

Klopp's popularity is used in advertisements by, among others, Puma, Opel and the German cooperative banking group Volksbanken-Raiffeisenbanken.[73] According to Horizont, trade magazine for the German advertising industry, and the business weekly Wirtschaftswoche, Klopp's role as "brand ambassador" for Opel successfully helped the struggling carmaker to increase sales.[74][75]

He also is an ambassador for the German anti-racism campaign "Respekt! Kein Platz für Rassismus" ("Respect! No space for racism").[68][76][77]

Personal life[edit]

Klopp is married and has two sons.[78]

In 1995, Klopp obtained a diploma in sports science at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, writing his thesis about walking.[79]

Klopp is a Protestant Christian who has referred to his faith in public, citing the importance of Jesus in his life in a media interview.[80][81][82]

Apart from his native German, Klopp is also a speaker of English, but has admitted that understanding the local Scouse accent around Liverpool can be difficult.[83] Upon taking on the Liverpool job, Klopp dubbed himself 'The Normal One' as a parody of José Mourinho's famous 'Special One' statement when first taking over Chelsea in 2004.[84] A few months later, in January 2016, Liverpool applied to trademark the slogan for merchandise purposes.[85]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 May 2016.
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Mainz 05 27 February 2001 30 June 2008 270 109 78 83 40.4 [12]
Borussia Dortmund 1 July 2008 30 June 2015 318 179 69 70 56.3 [50]
Liverpool 8 October 2015 Present 52 23 17 12 44.2 [86]
Total 640 311 164 165 48.6

Honours[edit]

Managerial honours[edit]

Klopp (second from left) celebrates winning the Bundesliga in 2011

Mainz 05

Borussia Dortmund

Individual

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