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Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp German association football player and manager

German association football player and manager
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Quick Facts
Intro German association football player and manager
A.K.A. Jürgen Norbert Klopp, Jurgen Klopp, Kloppo
Countries Germany
Occupations Association football player Association football manager
Gender male
Birth 16 June 1967 (Stuttgart)
Star sign GeminiGemini
Stats
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Education Goethe University Frankfurt
Jürgen Klopp
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Biography

Jürgen Norbert Klopp (German pronunciation: [ˈjʏɐ̯ɡn̩ ˈklɔp] ( listen); 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 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. In October 2015, he became manager of Liverpool, whom he led to the finals of the League Cup and UEFA Europa League in his first season before guiding them to the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final.

Club career

Born in Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, to Norbert Klopp, a travelling salesman and a former goalkeeper, Klopp grew up in the countryside in the Black Forest village of Glatten near Freudenstadt with two older sisters. He started playing for local club SV Glatten and later TuS Ergenzingen as a junior player, with the next stint at 1. FC Pforzheim and then at three Frankfurt clubs, Eintracht Frankfurt II, Viktoria Sindlingen and Rot-Weiss Frankfurt during his adolescence.

In the summer of 1990, Klopp was signed by Mainz 05. He spent most of his professional career in Mainz, from 1990 to 2001. Originally a striker, Klopp began playing as a defender in 1995. He netted 52 league goals for Mainz 05.

Managerial career

Early career

In 1988, while attending the Goethe University of Frankfurt, as well as playing for Eintracht Frankfurt non-professionals, Klopp managed the Frankfurt D-Juniors, today known as the under-10s.

Mainz 05

Klopp with Mainz 05 in 2004

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. The day after, Klopp took charge of their first match, which saw Mainz 05 secure a 1–0 home win over MSV Duisburg. 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, because 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.

Borussia Dortmund

2008–12

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. Klopp's opening game as manager was on 9 August 2008 in a 3–1 DFB-Pokal victory away to Rot-Weiss Essen. The first season saw Klopp guide Borussia Dortmund to win the DFB-Supercup, defeating German champions Bayern Munich. He led 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.

Klopp with Borussia Dortmund in 2010

During the 2011–12 Bundesliga season, the 81 points accrued by Borussia Dortmund was the greatest points 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 2011–12 season were broken by Bayern Munich in the 2012–13 season. However, Dortmund lost the German Super Cup in 2011 against rivals Schalke 04. On 12 May 2012, Klopp achieved the club's first ever domestic double, by defeating Bayern Munich 5–2 to win the 2012 DFB-Pokal Final. Klopp described the double as being "better than (he) could have imagined".

2012–15

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. Klopp's team were drawn against Manchester City, Real Madrid and Ajax in the competition's group of death. However, they did not lose a game, topping the group with some impressive performances. Borussia Dortmund progressed all the way to the final, meeting José Mourinho's 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 narrowly progressed to the final. Dortmund lost the final 2–1 to Bayern Munich, with an 89th-minute goal from Arjen Robben. Dortmund finished in second place in the Bundesliga. They also lost the 2012 German Super Cup, and were knocked out of the German Cup in the round of 16.

Klopp with Borussia Dortmund in 2014

At the beginning of the 2013–14 season, Klopp extended his contract until June 2018. Klopp received a fine of €10,000 on 17 March 2014 after getting sent off from a Bundesliga match against Borussia Mönchengladbach. The ejection was a result of "verbal attack" on the referee. Deniz Aytekin, who was the referee, stated that Klopp's behavior was "rude on more than one occasion". 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. Dortmund finished the 2013–14 season in second place. Also during the 2013–14 season, Dortmund won the German Super Cup, and were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals by eventual champions Real Madrid.

Dortmund started the 2014–15 season by winning the German Super Cup. After a disappointing beginning of the season, Klopp announced in April that he would leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the 2014–15 season. He said, "It's not that I'm tired, I've not had contact with another club but don't plan to take a sabbatical." Confronted with the thesis that the form of Dortmund immediately improved after the announcement, he joked: "If I'd known, I would have announced it at the beginning of the season." His final match in charge of the team was the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, which Borussia Dortmund lost 3–1 against VfL Wolfsburg. Dortmund finished in the league in seventh place and were knocked out of Champions League in the round of 16 by Juventus. He finished with a record of 179 wins, 69 draws, and 70 losses.

Liverpool

Klopp as Liverpool manager in 2017

On 8 October 2015, Klopp agreed a three-year deal to become Liverpool manager, replacing Brendan Rodgers. During his first conference, Klopp dubbed himself 'The Normal One' as a parody of José Mourinho's famous 'The Special One' statement when first taking over Chelsea in 2004. His debut was a 0–0 away draw with Tottenham Hotspur on 17 October 2015. On 28 October 2015, Klopp secured his first win as Liverpool manager against Bournemouth in the League Cup to proceed to the quarter-finals. His first Premier League win came three days later, a 3–1 away victory against Chelsea. 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.

On 6 February 2016, he missed a Premier League match to have an appendectomy after suffering a suspected appendicitis. On 28 February 2016, Liverpool lost the 2016 League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium against Manchester City 3–1 on penalties. 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. 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. 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. In the final, Liverpool faced Sevilla, losing 1–3 with Daniel Sturridge scoring the opening goal for Liverpool in the first half.

On 8 July 2016, Klopp and his coaching staff signed six-year extensions to their deals keeping them at Liverpool until 2022. Liverpool qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2014–15 on 21 May 2017, after winning 3–0 at home against Middlesbrough and ending fourth in the 2016–17 Premier League season.

On 2 May 2018, Liverpool qualified for the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final after a 7–6 aggregate win over Roma in the semi-final. Liverpool lost the final 3–1 to Real Madrid.

Media career

In 2005, Klopp was a regular expert commentator on the German television network ZDF, giving his views on games of the Germany national team. He worked as a match analyst during the 2006 World Cup, for which he received the Deutscher Fernsehpreis for the "Best Sports Show" category in October 2006, as well as Euro 2008. Klopp's term came to an end after the latter competition and he was succeeded by Oliver Kahn. During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Klopp worked with RTL alongside Günther Jauch, for which Klopp again won the award for the same category.

Klopp has also appeared in the documentary films Trainer! (2013) and Und vorne hilft der liebe Gott (2016).

Endorsements

Klopp's popularity is used in advertisements by, among others, Puma, Opel and the German cooperative banking group Volksbanken-Raiffeisenbanken. 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.

He is also an ambassador for the German anti-racism campaign "Respekt! Kein Platz für Rassismus" ("Respect! No room for racism").

Personal life

Klopp has been married twice. He was previously wedded to Sabine and they have a son, Marc (born 1988), who has played for a number of German clubs, FSV Frankfurt under-19s, KSV Klein-Karben, SV Darmstadt 98, Borussia Dortmund II and the Kreisliga side VfL Kemminghausen 1925. On 5 December 2005, Klopp married social worker and children's writer Ulla Sandrock. They met at a pub during an Oktoberfest celebration that same year. She has a son, Dennis, from a previous marriage.

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

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.

In an interview for The Guardian in April 2018, Klopp expressed his opposition to Brexit.

Managerial statistics

As of match played 11 November 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
Mainz 05 27 February 2001 30 June 2008 7002270000000000000♠270 7002109000000000000♠109 7001780000000000000♠78 7001830000000000000♠83 07001404000000000000♠40.4
Borussia Dortmund 1 July 2008 30 June 2015 7002318000000000000♠318 7002179000000000000♠179 7001690000000000000♠69 7001700000000000000♠70 07001563000000000000♠56.3
Liverpool 8 October 2015 Present 7002172000000000000♠172 7001920000000000000♠92 7001470000000000000♠47 7001330000000000000♠33 07001535000000000000♠53.5
Total 7002760000000000000♠760 7002380000000000000♠380 7002194000000000000♠194 7002186000000000000♠186 07001500000000000000♠50.0

Honours

Klopp (second from left), Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and Gerd Pieper celebrates winning the Bundesliga in 2011

Managerial

Mainz 05

  • 2. Bundesliga promotion: 2003–04

Borussia Dortmund

  • Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2011–12
  • DFB-Pokal: 2011–12
  • DFL-Supercup: 2013, 2014
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2012–13

Liverpool

  • Football League Cup runner-up: 2015–16
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2017–18
  • UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2015–16

Individual

  • German Football Manager of the Year: 2011, 2012
  • Premier League Manager of the Month: September 2016
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