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Jürgen Klopp
Juergen Klopp 2014.jpg
Klopp in 2014
Personal information
Full name Jürgen Norbert Klopp
Date of birth (1967-06-16) 16 June 1967 (age 48)
Place of birth Stuttgart, West Germany
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker / Defender
Youth career
1975–1983 SV Glatten
1983–1989 TuS Ergenzingen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–2001 1. FSV Mainz 05 337 (52)
Teams managed
2001–2008 1. FSV Mainz 05
2008–2015 Borussia Dortmund

* 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 professional player.

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), 2013 and 2014. Klopp won the German Football Manager of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

Playing career

Klopp played his entire senior career for Mainz 05 from 1989 to 2001. He originally played as a striker, before switching to play as a defender in 1995. He scored 52 league goals.[1]

Managing career

Jürgen Klopp (right) with Stephan Kuhnert (left) and Zeljko Buvac in 2006

1. FSV Mainz 05

Upon his retirement playing for 1. FSV 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. He finished with a record of 109 wins, 78 draws, and 83 losses.[2]

Borussia Dortmund

Klopp with Borussia Dortmund in 2010.

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 T-Home Supercup, defeating German champions Bayern Munich.[3] 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.[4][5]

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.[6] 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".[7][8][9]

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 José 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.[10] Dortmund lost the final 1–2 to Bayern Munich, with an 89th minute goal from Arjen Robben.[11]

In the beginning of the 2013–14 season, Klopp extended his contract until June 2018.[12] Klopp received a fine of €10,000 on 17 March 2014 after getting ejected from a Bundesliga match against Borussia Mönchengladbach.[13] The ejection was a result of "verbal attack" on the referee.[14] Deniz Aytekin, who was the referee, stated that Klopp's "behavior was rude on more than one occasion."[14] 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.[14]

In April 2015, Klopp announced that he would leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the 2014–15 season to take a sabbatical.[15][16][17] His final match in charge of the team was the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, which Borussia Dortmund lost 3–1 against VfL Wolfsburg.[18] He finished with a record of 179 wins, 69 draws, and 70 losses.[19]

Media career

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, Puma, Opel and the German cooperative banking group Volksbanken-Raiffeisenbanken.[20] 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.[21][22]

Personal life

Klopp is currently married for the second time. He has two sons, one of whom played for Borussia Dortmund II before he retired due to injuries.[23] Since 2009, Klopp has lived 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).[24]

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.[25][26][27]

Managerial statistics

As of 30 May 2015
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Mainz 05 27 February 2001[2] 30 June 2008[2] 270 109 78 83 40.37 [2]
Borussia Dortmund 1 July 2008[19] 30 May 2015[15][18] 318 179 69 70 56.29 [19]
Total 588 288 147 153 48.98



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


See also


  1. ^ "Jürgen Klopp". Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "1. FSV Mainz 05" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Dortmund beat Bayern to retain Super Cup". ESPN Soccernet. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Borussia Dortmund win title". 1 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Ronaldo's Hat Trick Restores Real's Lead; Dortmund Beats Bayern". 11 April 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Season review: Germany". 23 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Borussia Dortmund win domestic double beating Bayern Munich". 13 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Dortmund rout Bayern to claim double". 12 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bundesliga champ Borussia Dortmund beats Bayern Munich 5–2 to win German Cup final". WP Sports. 12 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Jürgen Klopp targets Champions League final glory for Dortmund". The Guardian (London). 30 April 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Robben setzt Bayern Europas Krone auf". kicker (in German). 25 May 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Klopp signs Dortmund extension until 2018". Guardian. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Klopp muss 10.000 Euro Strafe zahlen". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). 17 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c Kops, Calle (17 March 2014). "Dortmund's 'repeat offender' Klopp hit with fine". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Jurgen Klopp: Borussia Dortmund coach to leave at end of the season". BBC Sport. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "Klopp und der BVB: Trennung am Saisonende". 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  17. ^ Hummel, Thomas (15 April 2015). "Der große Kopf muss weg" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Wallrodt, Lars (30 May 2015). "In 16 Minuten zerstört Wolfsburg Dortmunds Pokaltraum" (in German). Die Welt. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  19. ^ a b c "Borussia Dortmund" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Hein, David (13 July 2013). "Schleichwerbevorwürfe: Wie Jürgen Klopp den Opel Adam in Szene setzt". Horizont (in German). Frankfurt, Germany: Deutscher Fachverlag. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  21. ^ fo (28 November 2012). "New Car Monitor: Kloppo macht sich für Opel bezahlt". Horizont (in German). Frankfurt, Germany: Deutscher Fachverlag. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  22. ^ Geißler, Holger (23 September 2013). "BrandIndex: Jürgen Klopp reißt Opel aus dem Imagetief". Wirtschaftswoche (in German) (Düsseldorf, Germany: Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt). Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  23. ^ McRae, Donald (21 May 2013). "Jürgen Klopp rallies neutrals to support 'special' Borussia Dortmund". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  24. ^ Hartmann, Ulrich (11 July 2012). "Kabarettist im Kapuzenpulli" (in German). Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Gott, Klopp, bist du ein Penner!" (in German). 10 September 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  26. ^ Seeger, Stephan (14 January 2011). "Spitzenreiter mit Gottes Segen" (in German). Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  27. ^ "Jürgen Klopp Ein Vorwort" (in German). Fuß Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "J. Klopp". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  29. ^ a b "Marco Reus ist Fußballer des Jahres" [Marco Reus is footballer of the year] (in German). 12 August 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  30. ^ "FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 – voting results" (PDF). Retrieved 18 March 2015. 

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