Dortmund name Tuchel as Klopp's successor

Reuters , Sunday 19 Apr 2015

Thomas Tuchel and  Juergen Klopp
In this Oct. 31, 2010 file picture then Mainz's coach Thomas Tuchel, left, and Dortmund's coach Juergen Klopp stand together prior to the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund in Mainz, Germany (Photo: AP)

Borussia Dortmund have named Thomas Tuchel to succeed Juergen Klopp as their manager on a three-year-deal, the Bundesliga club said on Sunday.

Tuchel, who managed Mainz for five seasons between 2009 and 2014, will take up the post from July 1 after Klopp announced on Wednesday that he would be ending his seven-year tenure at the club.

"Eight-times German champions Borussia Dortmund have appointed Thomas Tuchel as their new head coach from 1 July 2015, with the 41-year-old putting pen to paper on a three-year contract," Dortmund said on their website (www.bvb.de).

Bundesliga champions in 2011 and 2012 Dortmund, who also finished runners-up in the 2013 Champions League, have struggled this season and sit eighth in the standings after a brief spell at the bottom. 

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