Klopp Extends Contract at BvB, Plus Transfer and Injury News

Borussia Dortmund are tied in points atop the Bundesliga table after winning the title last season, and management has shown it’s gratitude by extending the contracts of both Coach Jurgen Klopp and Sporting Director Michael Zorc for another two years.  In transfer news, Hannover has added a young striker from Manchester United while Werder Bremen and FC Augsburg have summoned help for their Ruckrunde battles and FC Koln acquired attacking help while in-form Lukas Podolski is sidelined with injury.

Klopp and Zoric Extend at BvB

In a wise move by Borussia Dortmund management that sees them place their trust in the duo of Jurgen Klopp and Michael Zorc, the club has extended the contract of each through June, 2016.  “We’re delighted that we were able to extend both contracts ahead of schedule. “Both have carried out some fantastic work over the past few years,” said BVB executive director Hans-Joachim Watzke. “We’re going to continue to strive for our targets with continuity and vigour.”

Following announcement of the contract extensions, Klopp stated that “I’m privileged to be working for such a great club.  As head coach it was important for me that my team of Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz also had their deals extended. We’re very grateful that Borussia Dortmund are placing their trust in us over such a long period of time.”

Zoric, who played in over 450 matches for BvB and has been the club’s sporting director since 2005 is quite happy to extend his contract and be a part of what could be years of glory at the Signal Iduna Park.  Zoric stressed the importance of continuity in building a successful club, and for Dortmund fans, having Klopp and Zoric sewn up for a few more years with Marco Reus joining BvB this summer, there will be no lacking of excitement in Dortmund.

While Dortmund have added Reus and young attacking midfielders  Moritz Leitner, Leonardo Bittencourt and Mustafa Amini in the last year, it appears that 19 year-old Dortmund midfield prospect Thomas Elsfeld is headed to Arsenal.  A torn ACL in 2009 slowed the progress of the young German, but he has played a dozen matches for Dortmund’s U-19 side this season, scoring six times.  He is in London undergoing a medical exam, which if passed, will signal his transfer to Arsenal for 475,000 Euros according to goal.com.

In other Dortmund news, English club Fulham look have their sights set on signing Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios.

Hannover Adds Diouf

Mame Biram Diouf

The 96ers acquired 24 year-old striker Mame Biram ‘Thomas’Diouf from Manchester United for a fee of 1.08 million Euros.  The Senegalese international is now on the books at Hannover until June 30, 2014.

Diouf had received little playing time this season at United, limited to Carling Cup and reserve team play.  On loan to Blackburn Rovers last season, the pacy Diouf featured in 26 matches, scoring three times.  Before signing on with Manchester United in 2009, the6’1″ forward played in Norway at Molde FK, scoring 33 goals in 74 matches.  Diouf, who earned a 2009 hat trick against Tippaligaen rival Brann in the first nine minutes of the match, has gotten twelve caps with Senegal, scoring twice.  Although he played in a November friendly for his country, he did not make the AFCON roster that was loaded with talented strikers.

“I’m delighted that we secured another attacking alternative in the form of Mame Diouf. The aim for us now is to get him integrated as quickly as possible so that he can start playing a part in both our Bundesliga and Europa League campaigns,” explained Slomka.  Hannover have been successful with players coming out of the Tippaligaen, including leading scorer Moa Abdellaoue, Didier Ya Konan and Henning Hauger, while fellow Senegalese attackers Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse fared well in the Bundesliga before moving to Newcastle United.

Werder Bremen Sign Junozovic

Werder Bremen made another addition to their depleted squad, inking former Austria Wien midfielder Zlatko Junuzović, 24The diminutive Austrian international came to Austria with his parents as a five year old, and came up with local club Grazer AK (GAK), where he saw his first senior team football in 2005.  An Austrian citizen, the Bosnian born Zunuzovic has featured in six matches for the senior team of his adopted country while playing over 200 professional club matches for GAK, SK Austria Kärnten and Austria Wien.

“We’d reached agreement with the player over a move this summer. After talks with FK Austria, we had the opportunity to bring the transfer forward, under fair conditions”, Werder Sporting Director Klaus Allofs said. For head coach Thomas Schaaf, ” Zlatko Junuzovic is a player with great technique, the ability to lay on goals and a good finish himself. His game will enrich our midfield and increase our options there.”

Billy Goats Sign Jong Tae Se — Podolski Out 3-4 Weeks

Jong Tae-Se

FC Koln have signed Jong Tae-Se, the North Korean international striker, from VfL Bochum for an undisclosed fee.  The 27 year-old, who was born in Japan, has played in 39 matches for the 2. Bundesliga side since his arrival in 2010, scoring 14 goals.  He joined Bochum from J-League side Kawasaki Frontale, where he scored 47 goals in 112 matches.

With the in-form Podolski out for about a month during the greatest individual season of his club career, Koln Sporting Director Volker Finke feels that the acquisition will help his team survive Podolski’s absence.  “Jong Tae-Se fits the exact profile that we had sought. The player is extremely strong in the air, and has good instincts in front of goal.  We have watched the player for a long time and we are convinced of his qualities as a striker.”

Jong Tae-Se represented North Korea in the 2010 World Cup and the 2011 Asian Football Championship.  He has scored 16 goals in 28 matches with the North Korea since 2007.

FC Augsburg Adds Bochum Defender

Augsburg added 21 year-old defender Matthias Ostrzolek from VfL Bochum for 500,000 Euros.   The Bochum-born player has represented both Poland and Germany at the youth level, and has plyed 33 games with Bochum’s senior team in 2. Bundesliga since 2010.  He has been on the pitch 1368 minutes for Bochum thus far this season.

Vermouth Goes on Loan

Kaiserslautern is loaning Israeli international Gil Vermouth,26, to Dutch side De Graafschap.  The Haifa-born attacking midfielder only made two appearances this season with the Red Devils’ senior side.

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.


  1. I got a weird feeling in my stomach when i reads the article.. I really hoped Klopp would come to us (FC Bayern) and maybe Tuchel takes over Dortmund? No but serious guys, i was almost 100% sure Klopp would end up at Bayern after 2014 and taking Hummels with him ;-).

    Sorry guys it’s been a while since i wrote here, lot to do at home – but finally Bundesliga1 & 2 has started, is this the best Bundesliga campaign in maybe 30-40 years? Right know we have many really good teams that holds high international class, if Magath does a great job with his 82 players and makes some great summer then the liga got Bayern Dortmund Schalke Leverkusen Bremen HSV Stuttgart Wolfsburg and Hertha who im sure will make a push to be a top 5-8 team together with Hoffenheim Hannover Köln Frankfurt. I haven’t mentioned M’Gladbach because who knows how they will look next season? Ok im sure P Herrmann is going to be atop player, ter Stegen is already top 5 keeper in the league, then we got Favre the mastermind, Stranzl Dante Jantchke Hanke. They may not be the best players individual or technical but as a team they are bad m*th*er fu if u know what i mean?

    Neudstädter and Reus will be hard to replace, but if they take a look at Dortmunds club strategy and make up a 5 year plan they will be a top club again, they got the fan base, the academy and the history. Me as a Bayern fan i would love to see them get back to were they belong. I really can see Marko Marin moving back to Gladbach this summer. He needs to do a Podolski!
    Then they bought Zimmermann and Rupp from Karlsruhe last summer and i see potential in them, specially Zimmermann, young guy born 1992 and won best u17 or u18 player 2 years ago, Mat Leckie have i heard a lot about but i can’t give him a fair judgement, but an Australian expert believes Leckie is the biggest talent to come out from Australia since Mr Kewell, if anybody remember hes time in Leeds? Magic! Not the same type of player but stil impressive.
    I really really hopes Favre signs a new deal, Dante and the rest of the team stays, and off course Herrmann grows and takes the same steps Reus has taken the last 2 season together with ter Stegen Jantchke Rupp Zimmermann and maybe dear Marin? Or why not Marcel Jansen comes home? But hes to slow to play in a 4-2-3-1 OMV..
    Ive heard take about Xherdan Shakiri, that would be the dream for all teams in the BL. Mike Hanke is perfect up front in this team with great determination, movement, strength and team play. de Camargo really needs to go and why not try and promote Moritz Göttel, the name reminds me of a great player and hes dominating in u19 jugend, then Julian Korb who plays for the national team may get a chance to shine in the pre season to, a nr 6 player. And interesting to see Elias Kachunga out on loan for 2 season, hes to good for regionalligan, 18 matches 12 g 6 ass. Favre spend the 20 mil well this summer and you will build a great team. I want to see a new Martin Dahlin and Patrick Andersson there, true classic with Effenberg running the show!

    Just had to write my self of a bit, im so excited about the next few years BL, 1860 Munich would be the perfect fit if they could hold on to some of their talent for more then one season, does anyone know if the rich guy bought them up? I hope so, they belong in the Bundesliga and it would be a tragic if they went bankrupt.

  2. Thanks for writing, Luis. We’ll have part 1 of an interview with GolTV’s Juan Arango up shortly….and next week we’ll post Part 2 in which Juan talks about Gladbach’s wonderful Dante, Brasilian stars returning to play their club football at home and the Copa Libertadores.

  3. @ Christian….Thanks for the correction. I always seem to put that extra letter in Zorc’s name.

    @Jonah …….. You’ve always got my back…..ha

  4. Thank you Luis! Great to have you on board! Hear the Bundesliga is gaining in following over there.

  5. Klopp extends at BVB, eh? Judging on previous long-term contract extensions (cough cough *Rafa Benitez* cough cough *Silvia Neid* cough), this can only be A Good Thing for the league as a whole.

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