Bring the Noise: The Jürgen Klopp Storyby Raphael Honigstein Published 06 Feb 2018
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Jürgen Klopp's coaching career began in the German second tier at the unfashionable club of FSV Mainz 05, whom he steered to the Bundesliga for the first time in forty-one years. In 2008, he joined Borussia Dortmund, where he achieved back-to-back league titles and took the club to the UEFA Champions League final. He left Germany for one of the England's most challenging jobs: to manage Liverpool, a once-mighty club that had not managed sustained success since the 1980s.
It was not a task for the fainthearted. Anfield, Liverpool's home, is a temple to flamboyant attacking soccer powered by passion. In Klopp, Liverpool finally found a manager who embodied the essence of the club. Klopp is dynamic, expressive, restless, driven-he feels every move and play, every tactical shift, every contact on the field. His eyes betray a wild ecstasy and agony as his team thrives or falls. His game plan demands relentless commitment-the famous gegenpress-and he is one of the great personal motivators in all sport.
Raphael Honigstein, author of Das Reboot and Budesliga correspondent for the Guardian, has interviewed Klopp and followed his career since his early years, and better than anyone knows how to "bring the noise" to his subject.
"Bring the Noise: The Jürgen Klopp Story" Reviews
Given that I support Liverpool, I may be a little bit biased but this is the first football related book that I have consumed so quickly and enjoyed immensely.
An enlightening read into the down to earth nature of one of best managers in the World. A man who rouses the rabble and motivates the troops. How can anyone not lot love Kloppo? The frantic 12th man kicking each shot, joining in each tackle on the sidelines.
What set this book apart for me was reading his journey from Mainz to Dortmund and finally Liverpool. It had me reminiscing about my teenage years where here in Wales we had a European football show in Welsh on S4C called Sgorio. A highlights show featuring the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A. One of my memories of this is the blonde haired fellow with Mainz, the celebrations of their promotion and surivival in the Bundesliga. Reading these passages brought back the memories from so long ago.
The book itself is very personal and intimate with lots of interviews from the people at the heart of the life and career of Kloppo. It gives a great insight to the man inside the manager. It is easy to see how he can motivate the teams to go above and beyond.
Even if you support a rival team, don't let your colours put you off this book, it is a fantastic read.
Interessante Biographie über Jürgen Klopp.
Ich habe das Hörbuch gehört, welches mich über die gut zehn Stunden doch sehr gefesselt hat.
Abzug gibt es, da mir der Aufbau des ganzen Buches zu konfus ist und in der Zeit sehr stark gesprungen wird. Beispielsweise wird schon über die Trainerzeit in Liverpool gesprochen, danach geht es dann wieder zurück nach Dortmund und dann kommen irgendwann auch wieder Geschichten zu der Zeit als Trainer in Mainz. Diesen Aufbau hab ich so nicht wirklich verstanden.
Trotzdem ein gutes Hörbuch mit einem angenehmen Sprecher.
Who doesn't love Jürgen Klopp? People who don't know who he is, that's who. Fun book about an enigmatic, magnetic manager. More to come in my books newsletter later this week.
Amazing book. As simple as that. The book is well-written and the author keeps you engaged throughout the Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool journeys. Pity that it was written before Liverpool's incredible 2018 Champions League journey. Nonetheless, a great book and let you in into Jurgen's wonderful character. Jurgen Klopp is truly much more than a football coach. An inspiration wherever he had been.
For football fans, the book also serves well to let you delve into the 'gegenpressing' tactic. Your legs feel uneasy as you read through as you terribly feel you just need to lace up your boots and run like there is no tomorrow!
If you watch Liverpool matches, your attentions as well as media's will be mostly drawn to an animatic and passionate bespectacled guy on the touchline. He's as interesting to watch as the team he managed on the pitch. This book is amazing, told by those who knows Klopp the best and what made him so passionate. Klopp and Liverpool are made for each others. YNWA.
Before I read this biography, I was not a big fan of Jürgen Klopp. He was the person I saw in the post game press conferences complaining about the other team's coach, the other team's tactics, and over and over again, the referees. So who better than to read and review a biography about his life? Someone who does not like him much.
"Bring the Noise: the Jürgen Klopp Story" is an interesting tale on a larger than life figure. Klopp has been a fun, joking teammate and coach, yet he expects a great deal from his players. His style, implemented in FSV Mainz 05 and continued throughout his career is a pressing, high octane, high reward style that took the Bundesliga by storm. With his runs in FSV and Borussia Dortmund, he became one of the most sought after and successful faces of the coaching in the football world. With someone who is nice and giving to his players, he expects a lot from them as well, and this means that some of the times, the disappointment in the results of their hard work overflows onto the sideline and into the videos and papers. This does not make it right, but it kind of makes it "Klopp being Klopp."
The things that I respect from Jürgen Klopp as a player and a coach after reading this is that he has a huge work ethic. His teams in Germany were blue collar teams, not bought like Bayern Munich and Manchester United, but filled with above average to average talent that played a system that Klopp knew could beat anyone on the right day. His teams work hard and rely on that hard work to get through the games. Liverpool FC, the Premier League team he coaches presently, has a little more money, but they do also resemble the hard working teams that he had in FSV and BVB. He values effort and buying into his system over talent, and this sometimes does not work out for him.
As for his current team, Liverpool FC, there is something that I always think about when I see the results of the weekend's fixtures that the book actually addresses. When Liverpool plays the top six teams in the league, they are almost unstoppable, but when they play the teams that are at the bottom of the table or should beat handedly, they usually lose or draw. Even a few weeks ago, on November 21, during a Championship League game, Liverpool was playing Sevilla FC, they were leading 3-0 at the half, but ended up with a 3-3 draw, to a team that they should have beat handedly. I do not know how this affects the future of Klopp in Liverpool, but the problem is noticeable, and sometimes of an drawback to Klopp's Liverpool team.
This shows that there is some fairness in Honigstein's biography. Sometimes it does feel like a bit of a fluff piece, how great Klopp is as a person, but there are moments where real issues are raised, even without a solid answer, besides underperformance. After reading it, I do like Jürgen Klopp a little bit more, and I will keep a closer eye on Liverpool FC, but there will always be those moments of "Klopp being Klopp," that will make me laugh. The good lesson that "Bring the Noise" teaches is that Klopp is only like this because he cares about his team, his players, and most importantly about football.
I received an ARC of this through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.