Best known as a club manager who has done quite well for Liverpool FC of England, Jürgen Klopp is arguably in the elite class of coaches such as Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola, and Diego Simeone even though he falls short in terms of trophies. Before growing into a manager, Klopp started out as a football player as far back as 1987 and he played until 2001 when he hung his boots to begin his career as a manager which he has equally excelled at.
Jürgen Klopp’s Bio
Christened Jürgen Norbert Klopp at birth, the Liverpool manager was born on 16 June 1967 in Stuttgart, West Germany and was raised alongside two older sisters in Glatten by his parents Norbert and Elisabeth who were both very significant in his earlier life as a football player.
Now known as one of the best coaches around, Klopp chose football since he was a little boy and that got him to start his youth career when he was only 5 at SV Glatten where he remained until he moved to TuS Ergenzingen in 1983. Even though he began his senior career in 1987 with 1. FC Pforzheim, he was with Mainz 05 for the majority of his footballing career from 1990 to 2001. By the time he retired, he had already played in 325 games for the club hence it was not surprising that the club made him its manager immediately he retired.
Starting his coaching career with Mainz 05, Jürgen Klopp managed the club for seven years within which he led the club to the Bundesliga for the first time in its history in 2004. In the two previous attempts before then, he guided the team to a 4th place finish, keeping them narrowly away from the top flight. Unfortunately, Mainz was relegated again in the 2006-2007 season. Unable to bring the team back to the top flight, he resigned in the next season.
Before too long, he was appointed to manage yet another Bundesliga team, Borussia Dortmund in 2008 after the club had ended the previous season at the 13th spot on the table. His first season with Dortmund was successful as he won the DFB-Supercup and led the team to a 6th place finish in the Bundesliga. The next season, Klopp led the club to finish fifth and then he won the Bundesliga title twice in 2011 and 2012 which was the same year he won the FB-Pokal Final to give Dortmund its first ever domestic double. By the end of the 2014-2015 season, Klopp left Dortmund after taking the team to the UEFA Champions League finals in 2013.
In 2015, Klopp signed a deal with Liverpool to manage the English Premier League (EPL) club for the next three years. In the 2015-2016 season, he guided the English side to a UEFA Europa League final but lost out to Sevilla in the finals. In the same season, Liverpool ended second in the EPL only behind Chelsea. He would appear in the UEFA Champions League finals for the second time with the club in 2018 but unfortunately lost out after Mohammed Salah was injured and his goalkeeper Loris Karius made two errors that saw Liverpool submitting 1-3 to Real Madrid.
For his many achievements, Klopp was recognized in 2011 and 2012 when he got named the German Football Manager of the Year and in September 2016, he was named the EPL Manager of the Month.
Family – Brother, Wife, and Son
Contrary to what many believe, Jürgen Klopp does not have a brother. He was brought up in a family with two sisters; Stefanie Klopp and Isolde Reich.
Klopp has been married twice. The first woman who he got married to was Sabine Klopp. While it is not known when the two got married, their union ended in 2001 in a divorce. Before coming to an end, the union was blessed with a son; Marc Klopp who had started playing football but was unfortunately forced to call it quits as a result of an injury he suffered.
Ulla Sandrock was the next woman to become his wife in 2005. The two met when Klopp was a manager at Mainz, Ulla was divorced and was working as a waitress, she also had a son. Together, however, Klopp and his wife do not have any child.
Height and Weight
For a man who has always found himself in the sports world first as a football player and later as a manager, Jürgen Klopp has a good height and an athletic build even though he no longer has the benefit of age on his side. He stands at a height of 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and has a body weight of 83 kg.