Zurich (AP) – Jürgen Klopp has repeated his triumph as FIFA World Coach of the Year, surprisingly gaining the upper hand for Bayern’s three-time coach Hansi Flick.

The 53-year-old from Liverpool led the Reds to their first English championship in 30 years last season. The freestyle took place at a digital gala. Klopp, Flick and Marcelo Bielsa of Leeds United as the third coach nominated were linked via video.

“We have not dreamed for 30 years, but we did a few. It was absolutely extraordinary that we succeeded in the summer. We all had a very special year – unfortunately not in a positive way,” said the former FSV coach. . Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund also in view of the corona crisis.

Klopp moved from BVB to Liverpool in the Premier League in 2015, he has long been adored by Reds supporters and enjoys cult status. The long-awaited championship win “means everything to me,” Klopp said over the summer. “I couldn’t be prouder.”

Still, Klopp was not the favorite in the December 9 election. Flick had won the Championship triple, DFB Cup and Champions League with Bayern in 2020, as well as the German and European Supercups. Millions of fans worldwide, the coaches and captains of the national teams of FIFA members and selected journalists had the right to vote.

Klopp’s record has impressed in Liverpool. Before arriving in the English working-class town, the club had sunk into mediocrity. Klopp kept his promise to the fans. “Five years ago I asked you to go from doubters to believers, and you did,” he said shortly before the championship ceremony.

Due to his success and popularity, Klopp is repeatedly traded as a possible successor to national team coach Joachim Löw, most recently when he was heavily criticized following Spain’s 0: 6 bankruptcy. “Maybe in the future,” said Klopp. ‘Now? No. I don’t have time, I have a job – quite an intensive job, by the way. ‘ His contract in Liverpool will run until 2024.

Since 2010, FIFA has been named world coach of the year and world football player. Jupp Heynckes (2013) and Löw (2014) managed to overcome Klopp last year. The best coach went to Sarina Wiegman from the Netherlands, who last coached the national team of female footballers in her country and now works for England. Since the defeat in the 2019 World Cup final against the US, the Netherlands has been unbeaten with her.

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