Jürgen Klopp Bio, Career, Age, Divorce, Awards, and Net Worth

Quick Facts about Klopp

Full Name Jürgen Norbert Klopp
Place of Birth Stuttgart, Germany
Height 1.93 m
Current TeamLiverpool (Manager)
Last team as a playerMainz 05
PositionStriker, Defender

Jürgen Klopp is considered one of the best football managers in the world. His performance record is just on another level, all in all, Who is Klopp? Is he married? How Much does he Earn?. All these facts are covered by this article read more and get the entire Klopp’s Journey

Who Is Jürgen Klopp?

Jürgen Klopp, born in 1967 is a professional football manager and a former football player. He is the current manager for Liverpool Fc, a Premier League Club. He has been managing Liverpool since 2015 and he is seen as one the best managers in the world of football.

Having started his career as a footballer he was playing for Mainz 05 as a striker, however, he was later placed as a defense. Klopp retired as a player in 2001 and he secured a place as a manager in the same club. In 2004 he was promoted by the Bundesliga, however, four years later he handed over his resignation in 2008 after the team was relegated. Klopp was the Mainz 05 longest-serving coach.

After that, he headed to Borussia Dortmund in 2010, he helped them win their first-ever domestic double in a record-breaking season. Klopp left Borussia Dortmund in 2015 also as their long-serving coach. In 2015, he was appointed to lead Liverpool, a Premier League club as the manager.

With Liverpool, Klopp has been performing excellently, and currently, he is considered as one of the best coaches as far as football is concerned. He helped Liverpool win the UEFA Super Cup, their first FIFA Club World Cup, and eventually their first Premier League title. In 2019 and 2020, he was named the winner of the Coach of the Year Award.

A photo of Jürgen Klopp
       A photo of Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp Background 

Klopp was born in Stuttgart, the capital city of Baden-Wurttemberg, and grew up in the Black Forest Village. His passion for football started when he was young after he was introduced by his father who was a goalkeeper. Just like any other kid he admired being a doctor when he grew up, however, according to him he never as if he was that smart to handle a medical career. Klopp remembers when they were being awarded their A-Levels certificate his headteacher told him ” I hope it works with football otherwise it’s not looking too good for you”. Before he became a professional football, Klopp worked in different part-time jobs including working as a loader.

Jürgen Klopp Age 

He was born on June 16th, 1967, he is 54 years old as of 2021.

Jürgen Klopp Family, Parents 

He is the son of Elisabeth and Norbert Klopp, his father worked as a traveling salesman and he was also a goalkeeper. Klopp grew up together with his two elder sisters.

Jürgen Klopp Wife 

As they say behind every successful man there is a woman behind, well Klopp has one gorgeous woman by the name of Ulla Sandrock. She is known as “Bundesliga’s first lady”, the two lovebirds met during the Munich Oktoberfest where Ulla was working as a waitress. They then went ahead and tied the knot in 2005, currently, she is a children’s novelist. She gained the title of “Bundesliga first Lady” when Klopp was working in Germany. Initially, he was married to Sabine Klopp but they divorced in 2001 though is not clear when they got married.

Jürgen Klopp Kids 

Together with his first wife, they have shared a son by the name of Marc Klopp, who is also a retired footballer.

Jürgen Klopp Net Worth 

At the moment he has not yet disclosed his actual net worth but is estimated to be around £20 million.

Career

Professional Career 

Klopp began his career as a player in 1990 after he was signed by Mainz 05. As a player, he spent most of his career at Mainz 05 where he scored 56 goals including 52 league goals. When he signed with the club he was playing as a striker, however, in 1995 he switched positions and started playing as a defender. Ahead of his retirement in 2001, Klopp had made a total appearance of 325, scoring 52 goals in his 11year career.

Managerial Career

After his retirement in 2001, he was appointed on  27 February 2001 to lead Mainz 05 as the manager after Eckhard was fired. Upon his arrival as the new club manager, Mainz 05 managed to win six out of seven games they played, it was a good start for him being a manager for the first time. However, in the 2007-08 season, Mainz 05 was relegated and he was unable to get a promotion and he decided to hand over his resignation at the end of the season. In addition, ahead of his retirement, he had recorded 109 wins, 78 draws, and 83 losses.

After his resignation, Klopp was haunted by Borussia Dortmund in May 2008 to be their new manager. He went ahead and signed a two-year contract with Borussia. However, Bayern Munich was also haunting him. During his first season with the club, he helped it finish in the sixth position. Moreover, the following season he tried and secured the fifth position and it was a great achievement at the time since he had the youngest Squad.

During the 2010-11 season, he topped the league and finally carried the Bundesliga title. By clinching the title they became the youngest squad to ever win the title in Bundesliga history. He then went ahead and defended the title in the 2011-12 season. After his two-year contract expired he extended it until June 2018. However, despite his extension, he left the team at the end of the 2014-15 season where they finished in seventh place. With Borussia, he had a record of  179 wins, 69 draws, and 70 losses.

Liverpool

Klopp moved to Liverpool on 8th October 2015, signing a three-year contract taking over from his predecessor Brendan Rodger. He made his first debut for Liverpool on 17th October 2015 in a 0-0 draw against Tottenham. In addition, he secured his first win 11 days later against Bournemouth. During his first season with the club, Liverpool finished in eighth place in the 2015-16 season.

Klopp alongside his coaching staff extended their contract for another 6 years keeping them in the club until 2022. On May 21, 2017, Klopp helped Liverpool qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2014-15. At the end of the 2016-17 season, Liverpool finished in fourth place. In addition, the following season he placed fourth qualifying for the Champions League for the second time consecutively.

In 2018, he helped Liverpool to their first-ever UEFA Champions League final since 2007. However, despite qualifying for the finals they were defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid, becoming his sixth defeat in his seven major finals.

In order to improve the team performance, Klopp decided to sign Virgil van Dijk, a defender. In addition, he went ahead and did some high-profile signings such as Naby Keita and Fabinho. He also signed forward Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson a goalkeepers. After making the changes, 2018 become his breakthrough year as the club extended their unbeaten games to 31. In addition, he won the Premier League Manager of the Month award for December 2018. Despite finishing as runners-up to Manchester City, Liverpool managed to score 97 points, the highest points in English top-division history. In addition, it was also the highest points scored by a team without winning the title.

Winning UEFA

Liverpool went ahead and won the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League and also the 2019 UEFA Super Cup, after defeating Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out. In addition, they also won the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in 2019. Having won UEFA, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup, Liverpool became the first English club to win the International treble. Moreover, in December 2020, he was named as the Best FIFA Men’s Coach for the second successive year at the FIFA Best Football Awards. In addition, he also won the BBC’s Sports Coach of the Year.

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