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Bring the Noise: The Jürgen Klopp Story

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,367 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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 j ...more
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Published February 6th 2018 by Bold Type Books (first published November 2017)
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Thomas
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, own
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 a
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Arjun
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Whilst a generally interesting read for football fans, the biggest issue with Honigstein's book is that it falls between two stools, being neither a detailed biography of Jurgen Klopp, nor an extensive expose of his tactical philosophy. If the benchmark for recent football managerial studies is 'Pep Confidential' by Marti Perarnau then 'Bring the Noise' comes about as close as Liverpool's title challenge in the 17/18 season i.e. disappointingly (but predictably) short. That said, although both t ...more
Stephen
Fascinating guy and great timing to read this just before Saturday’s Champions League final (after reading this I reckon they might just do it, you know).

Annoyed me a bit with the way it keeps switching to different times when Klopp was at his 3 clubs (Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool) - if only it could just have been in chronological order. And of course it’s out of date already....
Milan
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a FC Barcelona fan but I have also liked the way Liverpool play since "the miracle of Istanbul". But this is the story of Jürgen Klopp. I've never met a football fan who would say I don't like Jürgen Klopp. It's hard not to feel connected to the German by just watching him on TV. Raphael Honigstein does a great job of telling his story and his football philosophy first as a player and then as a coach at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool. I have never paid any serious attention to how Ma ...more
Tim Hoiland
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, biography
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.
Yousif Al Zeera
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: football, nonfiction
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' tact
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Brendan Crowley
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s also fascinated me how a manager’s character can shape the neutral fan’s perception of a football team. Under previous Liverpool managers (especially Houlier) I found Liverpool quite dis-likable and certainly not a team I would root for. Yet under Klopp its hard not to have a soft spot for the free-flowing Liverpool team that plays in a manner

Klopp: Bring the Noise is a fun and detailed biogrpahy of the most charismatic manager in football – Jurgen “Kloppo” Klopp. Honigstein details the key
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Dave
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay, I'm going to admit I know very little about soccer. A year ago I could never of told you who this man was. I knew noting at all about the game of soccer, and only tuned in when it was World Cup time, like most Americans. For some reason I became enthralled with the game during this years World Cup tournament. Watching many of the games I became hooked. I became a fan wanting to learn how the game was played. So some friends told me you have to watch the English Premier League, and you have ...more
Paul Grech
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football
Despite how heavily Jurgen Klopp's career has been covered both in Germany and in England, Honigstein manages to keep this book interesting (partly by avoiding the trap of going over Klopp's career in a chronological order) and insightful through conversations with those who have been with him throughout his career. The conversations with Peter Krawietz, Klopp's second assistant at Liverpool, are particularly illuminating.
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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.
Shatterlings
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fun read because Jurgen is a fun likeable chap, the non linear telling grew on me. Now it needs a further chapter about the Champions League win and this season which may well turn into the season that disappears.
Ad Basset
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kloppo is anything but normal.
A real passionate coach and man, anywhere where he went,he built strong bounds with the fans, coz he believes that they're the key to success, to win and to change games.
I was very happy for him and for my team Liverpool when they won the sixth European cup for the city; they came from the deep dark to the light in less than 4 years with Klopp in charge, and won the first title under the German manager; and that was the biggest trophy in Football for clubs.
Kahn
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Football, as the a wise man once said, is a funny old game.
It used to just be about 22 men and a ball, but as time has gone and money has come in it's become less about that and more and more about surrounding circus.
First we had the celebrity player. Someone who was very good at kicking the ball was suddenly elevated to a level way beyond the poppiest of pop stars.
The film and music worlds had had this for years, but suddenly we were reading about our kickee-ball stars on pages other than the
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Omar
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Edwin Setiadi
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
The sweet silver song of a lark

This book reads like the Chicago Bulls documentary “The Last Dance”, with all the going back and forth in Jürgen Klopp’s different periods in life, from childhood to Mainz to Liverpool to Dortmund to Liverpool back to his punditry days in Germany, back to Dortmund, and so on. And it’s gripping.

The author has a special way to depicts a scene and brings us into the mood in the stadiums, in the pubs, and you can just taste the emotions among the supporters. And it is
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Aaron Mcquiston
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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James
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football
This is the second biography of Jürgen Klopp I've read, and while this one had less focus on a quite bland early life, I was expecting more personality from Honigstein and it felt quite repetitive despite a raft of high-profile contacts.

The main problem with the Elmar Neveling biography was its focus on first hand accounts from Klopp's less well-known early life and career, with his more famous exploits only using newspaper reports as colour. The first 100 pages or so were therefore a welcome ch
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Aman Mittal
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Das Reboot How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World which was published in 2015 after the German National Team won the FIFA World Cup and recent achievements of German Clubs in European Football.  It is written by Raphael Honigstein who has come up with another German Football related story for us, and this time a high profile manager Jurgen Klopp.



Bring the Noise: The Jürgen Klopp Story is expected to be release in February in 2018 yet I was tempted to read in whip. For thos
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Risa
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My deeply emotional attachment to Liverpool FC aside, this was an engaging biography about one of football's most influential and charismatic personalities and a genuinely good and principled (I'd like to think so, anyway) person. This book had me laughing out loud, gasping in disbelief, and audibly cursing at some of the people mentioned, not because it was particularly funny, shocking, or that it cast particularly good villains, but because it was so fascinating to read the story of this man, ...more
Evan Kostelka
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I do not follow soccer very close at all, I only watch it during the World Cup. I had no idea the way the leagues are even structured with teams being promoted and relegated each season. However, I heard about this book on Instagram from another person I follow and decided to give it a read.

I also had never heard of Jurgen Klopp before, but he is a truly remarkable person. I'm sure he still has about 20 years left to coach, but it will be difficult to live up to his first 51 years of life based
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John Houghton
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fascinating account of a man, his temperament and a footballing philosophy.

The best biographies go beyond their individual subjects and throw light on much larger topics. Honigstein achieves this with 'Bring the Noise'. Through the story of Klopp's development as a play then coach, we learn about the resurrection of German football from its lowest point, the evolution of pressing football, and the changing nature of what it means to be a football fan.

Honigstein writes with admiration for an ac
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Kevin
Jun 10, 2019 added it
Bring the Noise: The Jurgen Klopp Story is by far one of the best pieces of literature pertaining to the beautiful game. Author Raphael Honigstein, the top expert on German soccer, as well as boasting such honors as writing for both the Guardian and ESPN, two of the leading sports news sources, creates a masterpiece in his biography of the incredible Liverpool coach. After just leading his flamboyant Liverpool squad to a second consecutive UEFA Champions League Final and a first win for the club ...more
Colm Mccrory
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought this was excellent, well written and researched book. You might think it difficult to write a bd book about about a character like Klopp, but others have managed it. Honigstein has access to key players and personnel at Mainz, Dortmund and Liverpool, and it was great to get a deeper insight into his time in Germany (which makes up the bulk of the book unsurprisingly), with contributions from his longtime assistant invaluable.
The access to so many close to him at different times gives a g
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Ross
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I quite liked that the book isn’t chronological - you receive a relatively well-rounded view of Klopp through a collection of random time periods.

I found the chapters about Klopp’s playing career and learning from Wolfgang Frank most interesting. The rest of the book is enjoyable but there’s not a lot of new information in here you’re somewhat aware of his career already. It’s lacking deep insight in a lot of areas, and quotes are taken from the same players and staff throughout.

Overall, it’s e
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Tim
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5*

Very quick, easy, light read that just grazes the surface of the legend of Jurgen Klopp. The early stuff is interesting but the book turns into more of a fluff piece when going over his later Mainz and Dortmund years.

I'm a huge Liverpool fan so it was definitely worth the read but wasn't nearly as in depth as some other biographies I've read. Bonus points for never being a drag though and getting cover to cover pretty quickly. Just hoped for a bit more substance and a little more in depth d
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Dave
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I do not normally read biographical books but I made an exception as I am a Liverpool fan.
Very interesting but not an easy read, or that could just be my unfamiliar with this genre.
It is not a full biography, but just centres on the footballing aspects of Jurgen Klopp's life and gives great insight into his style of coaching and the way he wants his team to play.
I think this book will change the way I watch a football match from now on.
Really enjoyable and insightful but I think you need to be a
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Phil Surrell
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable book from an author with great access to Klopp’s players and colleagues (especially in Germany, unsurprisingly). That access enables the author to build up a picture of Klopp the man as well as Klopp the tactician and to present a compelling and easy to read book. My only one gripe with this book is the ordering of the chapters. The chapters each cover a different period in Klopp’s life (early life, playing career, Mainz, Dortmund, TV work and Liverpool), but they’re present ...more
Aravind Nagarajan
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Read the entire second half on the flight back. Nice, non-linear structure packed with sound bytes from people closely associated with Klopp. Also, very interesting to read how his management style evolved over time and how his fundamental principles were applicable across clubs irrespective of where and in what league they played.
However, I finished the book wanting a lot more. There was very little from Klopp's perspective, which would have been great to hear. Also very little focus on his kic
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Ian
We are Liverpool. This means more........that may be the new club mantra but sadly this book was both more and then less than more and so was a bit frustrating. The historic stuff about Klopp's early life, his long and successful career as a just not quite top level footballer mostly in the German 2nd division was great. Equally so the view into his early coaching career, his tactical development, his man management skills and his skilled yet also genuinely passionate bonding with the fans of bo ...more
Abin Arjun
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very honest version to a football manager's life and philosophy. The back and forth narration really helps putting things in perspective as you complete the book. The full metal philosophy way of playing football sounds especially appealing when you see Liverpool playing the way they are playing. It's a great read for football enthusiasts on how a particular philosophy is developed and implemented. The biography goes in much detail about the workings of Klopp and his way of football. There's a ...more
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“Heidel and Klopp learned an important lesson in those weeks. Little old Mainz could only grow as a club if the supporters were on board. They had to feel truly involved, feel that they were an important part of Mainz’s success. ‘You have to get people onside at an emotional level,’ says Heidel.” 1 likes
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