May 26 – The German FA has officially named Bayern Munich’s departing manager Hansi Flick as the country’s new head coach when Joachim Low steps down following this summer’s European Championship.
Flick, who announced in April that he was leaving Bayern at the end of this season to be replaced by RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann, has signed a contract until 2024
“I am hugely excited, because I see the class of players, and especially young players,” said the 56-year-old. “We have reasons to approach the next tournaments, especially the European Championship at home in 2024, with optimism.”
Flick was Low’s assistant from 2006 to 2014, stepping down after they won the World Cup in Brazil. He joined Bayern as Niko Kovac’s assistant in the summer of 2019 and took over as interim boss when Kovac was sacked the following November.
At the time he was hardly a stellar name but unexpectedly oversaw a stunning reversal in Bayern’s fortunes, winning the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League in 2019-20 and earning a three-year contract.
Bayern also won the Club World Cup in February, Flick’s sixth trophy in his first 16 months in charge.
Oliver Bierhoff, the DFB’s national teams coordinator, said Flick was always top of his wanted list.
“I know and appreciate Hansi’s human and professional qualities. We have a common goal: to get back to the top of the tournament world,” said Bierhoff.
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