But then came “Kalles” world idea: Klopp and FC Bayern once agreed …

But then came “Kalles” world idea
Klopp and FC Bayern once agreed …

Under Jürgen Klopp, BVB rose to rival record champions Bayern Munich from 2008 to 2015. Bayern icon Uli Hoeneß explains that things could have been different. Because Klopp and FC Bayern already agreed. But then came Karl-Heinz-Rummenigge.

Jürgen Klopp reaches for the handle again. The German star coach will play with his Liverpool FC against the old heroes from Real Madrid in the evening in Paris (from 9 pm on ZDF, on DAZN and in the live ticker on ntv.de) already its fourth final in football’s premier class. Two duels, in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund against FC Bayern and in 2018 with Liverpool against Madrid were lost, in 2019 there was the only triumph for the 54-year-old so far.

If the match is now kicked off in the Stade de France, then they may also be a little melancholy in FC Bayern, but certainly in Tegernsee. For Jürgen Klopp almost ended up with the record champions, as honorary president Uli Hoeneß tells in the RTL / ntv interview. “We once agreed that he would come to Bavaria.” It was around the turn of the year 2008. Klopp was still the coach of his FSV Mainz 05, for whom he played 325 matches as a player and scored 52 goals.

“I talked to him before Christmas to see if he could imagine coming to Bayern,” Hoeneß says. And yes, Klopp could have imagined that. Hoeneß promised the coach that he would call him on January 7 after the Christmas break. “But then Karl-Heinz Rummenigge got the good idea to pick up Jürgen Klinsmann.” The former Bayern striker and world champion from 1990 took over the team this summer. Hoeneß, meanwhile, went “to Canossa” and canceled Klopp. As you know: a mistake.

Klinsmann’s time ended in disaster

Klinsmann’s time with the record champions ended in a sporting disaster after less than a season. In late April 2009, he was fired. The club saw the qualification for the Champions League in jeopardy, and FC Bayern also recognized “psychological barriers in the team”. Jupp Heynckes took over from the coach, who in 2006 was still responsible for the German summer adventure with its numerous changes and wanted to repeat it in Munich.

Klopp, on the other hand, switched to Borussia Dortmund and wrote an incredible success story there over seven years with two championships and a cup victory. But more than the trophies, his time worked in the heart of the club. To this day, there is a longing in the black-and-yellow environment for the mentality giant Klopp, who enchanted an entire country with his heavy metal football.

The native of Stuttgart has written a similarly spectacular story since October 8, 2015 at Liverpool FC. It is a story that attracts Hoeneß’s admiration. “It’s the recognition when you celebrate such an insane success in a club known as Liverpool.” Especially as a foreigner, it is not easy in England to be successful for such a long time. “He has unique abilities, he is flexible, he speaks English now, he behaves, he is committed – that’s what Liverpool people like. He has developed into a real world coach.” According to Hoeneß, Klopp remained “a problem in our minds and I could always have imagined him in Bayern because I think he is an excellent coach.”

Hoeneß is amazed at Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti had also gotten this mark over the years. Klopp’s opponent is now in a duel over the handle. Hoeneß is also amazed at the resurrection of the former Bayern coach, whose time on Säbener Straße also ended eerily and with a firing, after years of mediocrity: “I must honestly say that I never thought he would have such again a triumphant experienced. a return, for he has not only reached the final, but also won the Spanish championship with ease. ” Above all, no one believed the team was capable of doing so, Hoeneß continued.

“We each thought the Real team needed to be rebuilt, they have a lot of older players. But he managed to achieve big goals with this team. Nevertheless, I think it will be very difficult for Real to win the match because I think Liverpool are a little bit better. “

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