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Klopp stars are top of the hit parade; GERMANY.

Jurgen Klopp reckons only a madman would have predicted that Borussia Dortmund would earn back-to-back titles.

The champs got the win they needed last night against Monchengladbach to clinch their crown with two games left.

Ivan Perisic and Shinji Kagawa got the goals in a 2-0 victory to spark emotional scenes and keep the Black Yellows on course for a domestic double. Coach Klopp paid tribute to his special brood of stars - and claimed what they had achieved was extraordinary.

He said: "It is crazy what we have done. My team has an unbelievable character.

"What we've done is madness.

If there was ever a deserving champion, then we are it."

Dortmund are unbeaten since September - a record-breaking run of 26 games without loss - and are now out of sight, eight points ahead of rivals Bayern Munich.

French forward Franck Ribery had kept alive Bayern's slim hopes when he scored in the 90th minute to earn his side a 2-1 win at Werder Bremen.

Defender Naldo had given Bremen the lead in 51 minutes but scored an own goal and Ribery then nicked the points.

Dortmund and Bayern now meet in the final of the DFB-Pokal with Klopp's side looking to win the double for the first time.

Elsewhere, Kaiserslautern were relegated despite a 2-1 win - their first victory in 21 games - at Hertha Berlin, who look certain to join them in the lower leagues.

Bayer Leverkusen won 1-0 at Hoffenheim with Andre Schurrle netting the only goal while Hamburg drew 1-1 at Nuremberg.


Mad for it.. Dortmund stars with the trophy
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 22, 2012
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