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Borussia Dortmund manager’s broken glasses spark rash of German insurance fraud attempts

Brooks Peck
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Juergen Klopp watches his glasses die. (Getty, inset: Defodi)

In February of 2011, Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 3-1 for their first win in Munich in 19 years. It was a key moment on the way to the first of two consecutive Bundesliga titles and was celebrated as such in the moment, breaking BVB manager Juergen Klopp's glasses in the process.

Though the only consequence of Klopp's broken glasses at the time was a bruise on his nose and having to conduct his post-match press conference in a spare pair, the incident has proven to be more of a headache for Germany's insurance industry than it was for Klopp.

According to Ruhr Nachrichten, in the year and a half since Klopp's high-end TITANflex glasses broke, German insurance companies have seen an influx of phony claims over suspiciously identical broken pairs of glasses and all too serious demands for compensation.

The photos of the glasses, which are now housed in Borussia Dortmund's museum (the "Borusseum"), submitted with these claims were from the Internet, so its unlikely any were actually fulfilled. But at an insurance industry conference in Berlin, it was discovered just how widespread the claims over the same pair of broken glasses had become.

It should be noted, however, that none of these claims were from Klopp himself.

"It's amazing how inventive people are when they need new glasses. For me, the broken glasses in Munich were not an issue. The victory at Bayern has compensated for everything. Even for the painful area under the right eye, where the two patches stuck."

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to put in an insurance claim for my prized family heirloom that got run over by a bus in Madrid a while back.

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