Friday 2 December 2016

Seven things you may not have known about Jurgen Klopp

Published 05/10/2015 | 20:03

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has been installed as the leading contender to take charge of Liverpool following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers.

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Here, we look at seven things you may not know about the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

  • He was born in Stuttgart on June 16, 1967 and his middle name is Norbert.
  • Klopp was a one-club man throughout his professional playing career, making more than 300 appearances for Mainz having started out as a forward before switching to defence.
  • He then took up the managerial reins at Mainz, steering them into the Bundesliga for the first time in their history during his seven years in charge.
  • Seven was also the number of years he managed Dortmund, winning six trophies - two Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal, and three German Supercups before leaving at the end of last season. That betters the silverware collected during Ottmar Hitzfeld's successful reign between 1991 and 1997, although Hitzfeld also secured the Champions League trophy. Klopp led Dortmund to the European final in 2012/13 but they lost out to Bayern Munich.
  • Klopp is a committed Christian and often discusses his faith in public.
  • He is a popular figure throughout Germany and has appeared in several advertising campaigns from banks to clothing companies. Car brand Opel even credited Klopp with turning round its fortunes in the country, saying his role as ambassador helped boost sales of its Insignia model by 35 per cent in 2014.
  • Klopp's popularity has also spread to the world of music, where eccentric media personality Matze Knop has released two songs in tribute to the coach called "I Wanna Be Like Jurgen Klopp" and "Kloppo You Rockstar".

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