Stoeger to leave Dortmund at the end of the season

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An entertaining encounter saw Hoffenheim edge Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Saturday - a result which proved just enough for both sides to secure Champions League qualification, with the 2013 finalists finishing in fourth place.

Hamburg, the only team with an uninterrupted Bundesliga run since the league's creation in 1963, left their distraught fans in tears as their stadium clock showing 54 years and 260 days in the top division needs to be reset.

Dortmund's head coach Peter Stoeger attends the warm up for the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and Borussia Dortmund in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

The manager watched BVB collapse in a 3-1 defeat to Hoffenheim in the final game of the season on Saturday. Today was my last game for Dortmund'.

'We had decided some time ago that the club would benefit from fresh stimulus, ' Stoeger told reporters.

After a good start to the year, his team nearly missed out on the Champions League which translates into a big payday for the club.

With two of the top-four spots still to play for heading into a thrilling final round of action, these two sides were locked in a four-way tussle with Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig to see who would join Bayern Munich and Schalke as Germany's representatives.

Stuttgart finished seventh, outside the European places, but netted three times in 13 second half minutes to hand Bayern a shock loss.