Germany: Glatten locals share hometown memories of Klopp following Liverpool’s league win

Locals in Glatten, a German village south of Stuttgart and hometown of Juergen Klopp, shared their thoughts and memories of the Liverpool manager on Saturday, after the 53-year-old won the English Premier League title with Liverpool FC. A local, Frank Schaefer, said that Klopp «is more than just a local sports star.» «He is a famous son of the city and of course he also carries a little something from this region,» he added. Schaefer also pointed to the field where Klopp used to play football with his father. Another Glatten resident, Robert Schmitt, said that «Klopp is an marvellous coach who lives for football and shapes teams up after imagining his tactics, recognising good players and forming individual players into a team.» On June 25, Juergen Klopp won the English Premier League as Liverpool's manager, the first league title for the club since 1990. Despite being born in Stuttgart, the 53-year-old coach grew up in the small Black Forest town of Glatten, where he spent his early years and began playing as a youth player for local SV Glatten. In 1990, at the age of 23, he signed a semi-professional contract with second division team 1. FSV Mainz 05, where he played for 10 years. Mainz were facing relegation to the third tier of German football when president Harald Strutz made the call in February 2001 to promote Klopp to head coach of the team. He subsequently stayed in Mainz until 2008, achieving promotion to the first division for the first time in the club's history. After leaving Mainz, he coached Borussia Dortmund from 2008 to 2015, winning two league titles with the club before taking over Liverpool in 2015.
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