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Dortmund - New Kingdom

Started on 30 September 2015 by lekkaaudisy / First Post
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Jurgen Klopp Leaves Dortmund a Hero Despite Season of Torment and Failure

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Well, it has finally come to an end. A marriage of immense success that brought joy to millions has run its course. There are no more games to play, no more goals to score and no more trophies to win. Jurgen Klopp's time at Borussia Dortmund is over.
Unfortunately it was far from a fitting end. On Saturday, in a fully packed Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Klopp walked out with his team one last time in the DFB-Pokal final with high hopes of beating Wolfsburg and finishing on a high, a trophy to bookend his time at the club.

Of course, the second-best team in the Bundesliga this season had other ideas, and despite an early goal for the Black and Yellows, it was a 90 minutes of football that ultimately saw Dieter Hecking's title-hungry side run out as 3-1 winners.

The history books may well overlook such an event in years to come, yet it was a match that did a lot to portray the Dortmund side that has accompanied Klopp throughout his final year at the Westfalenstadion—a microcosm of the hope that ultimately turned to bitter defeat and anguish for fans of the side.

For many Dortmund fans this has been a season too far—a sizeable sum, bitten off in delight but ultimately too much to chew—that Klopp will undoubtedly come to regret. This was the season that Dortmund looked their worst under their charismatic leader.

If we were to take a look at the club’s Bundesliga record in 2014/15, it makes for grim reading. Two defeats to Bayern Munich, home and away, coupled with a record of just one win in six against the other three big sides this season suggests that Dortmund were routinely reminded of their new place in the hierarchy of German football throughout this campaign.

It wasn’t a run that saw silly mistakes or costly last-minute goals drag Klopp’s team down the league table. It was a year in which better teams systematically pulled the former champions apart and demonstrated how far they had fallen.

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Pass marks for the league season come through a turn in form that appeared almost out of the blue in early February, following a winter of true discontent that had Dortmund sitting bottom of the Bundesliga table.They eventually finished seventh with Europa League football secured.
Ultimately, it was the drive of desperation to finish seventh that perhaps sums up the state in which this team found itself this year. With continental football assured after the summer, a great sigh of relief may still be heard around the club’s famous ground, yet the bigger picture shows a failed league campaign.

It was the Champions League—the jewel in European football’s crown—that proved a welcome distraction from domestic headaches for many fans, as Klopp and his team made a fair and honest attempt at a competition they had little hope of winning.

Alas, the opening matchday 2-0 win over Arsenal in front of the famous Yellow Wall will be one of the standout memories from this season, along with comfortable wins over Anderlecht and Galatasaray. For a fleeting few weeks, Dortmund looked like the team that had marched to the Champions League final at Wembley just two years ago. But that feeling didn't last.

Ultimately, the welcomed daydream of wishful, continental thinking came to an abrupt halt when Juventus and Carlos Tevez came to town and turned over Klopp’s side 3-0 in their own backyard. However, history and post-season newspaper columns will be kind on the result, following the Italian side’s march to this season’s final.

The Old Lady may have made Dortmund blush under the bright lights and thunderous chorus of the Champions League, but Klopp’s side certainly weren’t the only or most dramatic victims of the potent and determined Bianconeri.

Thanks to a disappointing league performance and a relatively acceptable European run, it came down to the DFB-Pokal to distinguish just what kind of season Dortmund would have.

Beating Bayern in the semi-finals was perhaps the most interesting and certainly most satisfying game during Dortmund’s impressive run to the final, but the final game of the season was one in which the club’s reputation for this entire campaign alone would be defined.

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In a match that featured defensive blunders, trailing Sebastian Kehl tackles, a huffing and puffing Ilkay Gundogan and a dismissive Marco Reu, we saw exactly what has troubled Dortmund over the course of the past eight months.
As Kevin De Bruyne and co. ghosted past Dortmund for each of their three goals, it was evident that a changing of the guard was taking place before our very eyes. The side that Klopp had taken to the top of German football was long gone.

This season has been a bitter pill to swallow for many fans and a solid attempt to assassinate the very beauty and success that Klopp brought to the club. This adored coach may still leave Dortmund as a hero, but the past eight months have been a burden, resting heavily on his and his team’s shoulders.

A campaign that he didn’t need. One that ultimately ended in failure.
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3 yearsEdited

Borussia Dortmund appointed Thomas Tuchel as coach from the end of the season on Sunday, handing the former Mainz coach a one-year contract effective from July 1.

The 41-year-old Tuchel will take over from Juergen Klopp, who announced his end-of-season departure on Wednesday, saying he was no longer the man for the job. Klopp previously coached Mainz.

Dortmund said Tuchel will be presented the week after the season ends and "until this time, neither party will make a public statement on the matter."

Kicker reported that assistant coach Arno Michels was also joining the club from Mainz.

Mainz reacted with humor to the news, tweeting that it was now Dortmund's "coach-forge" along with a picture of current coach Martin Schmidt and under-23 coach Sandro Schwarz in Dortmund colors, suggesting they will be Dortmund coaches in 2020 and 2025, respectively.

Tuchel hasn't worked since resigning as Mainz coach after the 2013-14 season. He led the side to 65 wins and 44 draws in 170 league games after taking over from Klopp in 2009. He had been in talks with Hamburger SV recently about taking over the relegation-threatened side from next season. Hamburg re-appointed Bruno Labbadia on Wednesday.

Tuchel is seen as a natural successor to Klopp. Both favor a high-pressure game with the emphasis on quick attacks.

Klopp's decision to quit after a difficult season surprised many. The 47-year-old German took over at Dortmund in 2008, leading the club to the Bundesliga title in 2011, the league and German Cup double the following year, and the Champions League final in 2013.

Dortmund was runner-up to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga in 2013 and 2014 but its form slumped this season. The club made its worst ever league start and was in last place in February.

Dortmund only has the German Cup and European qualification to aim for this season. Saturday's 3-0 Bundesliga win over Paderborn moved the club to eighth, provisionally five points behind Schalke in the last Europa League qualification spot.

Dortmund fans celebrated the popular Klopp by chanting his name during the game, though he kept his emotions in check.

"Nobody wants to see that, when a 47-year-old man is sobbing uncontrollably on TV every week," Klopp said. "It will get really emotional again. But until then I have to wear a protective shield and not let it get to me as a person."

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