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Juergen Klopp steps down as Borussia Dortmund coach


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Juergen Klopp steps down as Borussia Dortmund coach

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp is to leave the German football club at the end of the season after he asked to be released from his duties.

The German daily Bild reported that his contract was to run until 2018 and that he is to replaced by former Mainz 05 coach Thomas Tuchel.

The 47-year-old had won the Bundesliga with the team in 2010-2011 and repeated the success the following year.

In total he won six trophies with the North Rhine-Westphalia-based outfit from 2008 and was German football manager of the year on two occasions.

But success waned at the club. This season Dortmund fell to last place before a comeback in the New Year saw them rise to 10th position in the Bundesliga, 37 points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich.

They were also eliminated by Juventus in the Champions League round of 16 but are through to semi-finals of the German Cup.​

Klopp has long been courted by top European clubs and the Premier League’s Manchester City has been touted as the German’s next port of call.

(Reuters)

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