Hamburg player serves up wicked knuckleball goal

Hamburg haven’t had many reasons to smile this season — they sit in 16th in the Bundesliga — but were given several in their 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund today.

In particular, this insane knuckling shot from Hakan Calhanoglu in stoppage time put the icing on the very tasty cake.

Jurgen Klopp’s reaction says it all. Even he can’t be mad at that.

H/T SB Nation Soccer


Unruly Dortmund fans delay derby win over Schalke

The highly-anticipated Revierderby between historic rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 was delayed after the away fans set off a series of flares prior to kick-off. Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller ran over to the away section but had little luck calming down his fans, instead getting more flares thrown his way.

Unperturbed on the field, Dortmund took apart Schalke 3-1 to exact sweet revenge for last season, when the Royal Blues pulled the double on Dortmund with two 2-1 victories. This time around, the Bundesliga’s most historic derby underscored Dortmund’s terrific form at the moment and saw them reclaim authority in the region.

Strikes from Patrick Aubameyang, Nuri Sahin and Kuba Blaszczykowski proved the difference for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who didn’t enjoy as much possession as the hosts but were more clinical in front of goal. Sahin’s goal was by far the best of the bunch, as he turned back the clock to his pre-Real Madrid, pre-Liverpool days when he was the Bundesliga’s best player in 2010:

Dortmund kept pace with Bayern Munich, who won at Berlin, while widening the gap on their rivals to 11 points. Schalke fell to sixth place in the standings.

You could see how much the derby spoils meant to the BVB players, as Lewandowski posted this to his Instagram after the match from the dressing room:

One of the lighter moments of the match came on the touchline as Klopp, everyone’s darling, volleyed a ball going out of bounds and inadvertently struck the head of the fourth official:

Video H/T 101GG


Borussia Dortmund’s secret weapon?

To become one of the top clubs in the world, you are going to need to every advantage you can get. Borussia Dortmund’s advantage comes in the form of the Footbonaut. 

The Footbonaut is a sophisticated arena that launches soccer balls and lights up squares that enable the player to improve their technique, spacial awareness, and peripheral vision, as well as the ability to believe they are in a sci-fi movie. 

Dortmund’s coach Jurgen Klopp: 

"It is the perfect tool to improve ball-handling skills. It demands precise skills used at speed in a physically tough environment. It’s quite a package!"

Having had the Footbonaut for nearly a year now, I think it’s safe to say that it’s played a role in getting the club to the UEFA Champions League Final and it might be time for other teams to get on board.


Klopp that! United eyes Ferguson replacement


From time to time speculation arises about Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United. Of course, we all know that the 71-year-old Scot is immortal and is unlikely to retire any time soon but that hasn’t stopped the UK media from guessing about who will eventually take charge at Old Trafford.

Everyone thought it would be Jose Mourinho but now that it seems that he will return to Chelsea eyes have turned towards Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp. Click here for this and some very interesting gossip about Chicharito, plus the rest of the tittle tattle about the Premier League.


Jurgen Klopp sets players loose to party in Madrid


Beloved manager Jurgen Klopp could probably run for Lord Mayor of Dortmund right now after his Borussia Dortmund team secured their spot in the Champions League final. If he did, his players would likely be the first to sprint to the ballot boxes after he set them loose to party in Madrid on Tuesday night.

 “We play Bayern at the weekend, but we also have a day’s more rest than them, so I won’t deny the team that chance to go out and celebrate,” Klopp said after his side secured their spot in the Champions League final. “Nuri [Sahin] apparently knows his way around Madrid, or so I’ve heard. I’ll stay in the hotel and have a few beers there.”

“I’ll definitely not deny the players’ celebrations – what kind of muppet would I be if I did?”

If Klopp were Lord Mayor of Dortmund, his first order of business would definitely be to throw a big, beer-filled party. And there would be dancing. Lots of dorky, goofy dancing.



The always adorable Jurgen Klopp has his own theme song

We’re not sure why it took so long to discover this, and our sincerest apologies for not bringing it into your life sooner.

But Jurgen Klopp, the manager for Borussia Dortmund who is also a constant source for internet amusement, has his own theme song. And it’s called “Kloppo, du Popstar” and he dances to it rather frequently. No, really.

Oh, and do you want to buy a CD inspired by Klopp himself? Of course you do.

Image via BVB