Perhaps, the ‘success’ of a football manger at a club could be determined by the  the level of media speculation that tips his departure, once his team hit a rough patch or are on an extended run of uninspiring performances! Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, and Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool stand as an example to this rule, Jürgen Klopp at Dortmund, however, stands out as an exception. Klopp is a manager who has symbolized Borussia Dortmund as much as the club symbolized him. While creating a version of playing football – high on tempo and technique – rarely seen before, he has elevated himself to a cult status enjoyed by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. The fairy tale which started back in 2008 could have had different cast if the men in-charge of Hamburg SV had not dismissed the then manager of Mainz on the basis of his scruffy appearance in a critical dossier. A few months later Dortmund approached Klopp […]

Having secured the transfer of Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa last summer, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is very happy. Klopp has forever been a huge admirer of Kagawa but was forced to let the now 25 year-old leave when Manchester United came calling three years ago. The Japanese endured a tough spell in English football as he was played either out of position (by Sir Alex Ferguson) or not played at all (by Ferguson’s successor David Moyes). When Louis Van Gaal took charge in the summer, Kagawa was deemed surplus and eventually sold to his former club. Both Klopp and Kagawa seemed quite happy with the agreement, and the Dortmund manager continues to be a huge fan of the playmaker. “Shinji is someone who moves so well in the most difficult areas of the pitch, between the two lines of four,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the official Uefa website. “It’s like he is the sausage in a sandwich, because […]