After 325 second division games for a single club, Jürgen Klopp becomes a football manager, on Carnivals Monday, overnight. On the 23 of May 2004 he leads Mainz 05 into the German first division, the Bundesliga. For his analysis during the 2006 World Cup he receives the German Television Prize. In July 2008 he transfers, after 17 years in the ranks of Mainz 05, to Borussia Dortmund.
There he celebrates his biggest successes: 2011 he leads BVB to the league title and back into the Champions League. 2012 he wins the first double, league title and the German Cup, in Dortmunds history.
Jürgen Klopp continues to write Dortmunds’ club history: he becomes league champion twice and runner-up twice in four years. He leads BVB into the Champions League Final in Wembley in 2003 and his teams’ playing style thrills fans all around Europe. 2014 he reaches the German Cup final again, and only suffers defeat to eventual winners Real Madrid in the Champions League. In his last season with BVB he still, after a moderate start to the season, managed to lead BVB into the Europa League whilst his last game for Borussia Dortmund, the German Cup final in Berlin, was an emotional highlight for him.
The family man took a chance to start afresh. He takes some time off, wants to travel and, in order to prepare for the future, finds inspiration in other greats of the sport. Then everything went fast as trips were cancelled and a new adventure began earlier than planned: FC Liverpool, one of the greatest and most successful clubs in Europe, calls and wants to initiate a new era with Jürgen Klopp. The football-romantic from the Black Forrest doesn’t have to contemplate about the decision to go the Premier League for long: A new country, a different language, a new culture, and an exciting league; all things that an excited Jürgen Klopp couldn’t wait to jump into. As with his previous clubs, he completely commits to the challenge. He tries to inspire and thrill the people and will try everything to put Liverpool back on the map of European football. In his first season at Liverpool he reached the Europa League final.
He has always wanted to become a football manager, loves “four at the back”, his own family and his lunchtime nap. “On a perfect day my team can beat anyone. We just have to work on having only perfect days.”