Jurgen Klopp to make playing return… in testimonial

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Jurgen Klopp‘s days as a footballer may have long been forgotten, but he will take to the field again in September.

It is as a manager where Klopp has become a world-renowned name, with the 51-year-old regarded as one of Europe’s best coaches.

He continues to work wonders at Liverpool, where in under three years he has gone from inheriting a struggling team to inspiring them to the Champions League final.

Klopp enjoyed a modest time of things as a player—something he is often only too willing to admit in his own self-deprecating manner.

The most prominent period of his career came at Mainz where he spent 11 years between 1990 and 2001, prior to retiring.

He ended up managing them, achieving great success over seven years and leading them into the Bundesliga for the first time in their history.

For one night only, we will get the chance to see Klopp the footballer again, as he takes part in Roman Weidenfeller’s testimonial in September.

The former goalkeeper was a key member of Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side that won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12, also starting in the Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich in 2013.

He hung up his boots at the end of last season, following 16 years at the Westfalenstadion, with his testimonial swiftly organised.

The match will be played on Dortmund’s hallowed turf, and will also include former players such as Michael Ballack, Torsten Frings, Marcio Amoroso, Kevin Grosskreutz and Sven and Lars Bender.

Let’s see if Klopp’s still got it!

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