News : DFB: Hansi Flick will be national coach from summer – Sport
Hansi Flick quickly found a new job after leaving Bayern. After the EM in the summer, the 56-year-old will succeed Joachim Löw as national coach of the German national soccer team. The German Football Association (DFB) confirmed the changes that had been expected for weeks on Tuesday, and Flick received a contract up to and including the home European Championship in 2024.
“It all went surprisingly quickly for me with the signature, but I am very happy to be able to work as a national coach from the fall,” Flick is quoted in a DFB announcement: “My anticipation is huge, because I can see the class of players, especially the young players in Germany. So we have every reason to approach the upcoming tournaments, for example the home European championship 2024, with optimism. “
His most important helper in the 2014 World Cup triumph in Rio de Janeiro had “excellent prerequisites” to continue his legacy, said Löw weeks ago, “we all agree on that”. Flick’s football philosophy and game culture are “very, very good”. DFB director Oliver Bierhoff emphasized that Flick was “at the top of my wish list from the start”: “I have known and appreciated the human and professional qualities of Hansi Flick since our many successful years together with the national team.” Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge even sees the Munich triple coach as the “perfect coach for the national team”.
For Flick, the job is a return. In 2006 Löw made him his assistant after the World Cup summer fairy tale and his own promotion to national coach. Flick has already stood on the sidelines as the responsible coach at an important international match. When Löw was banned from UEFA in the EM quarter-finals in 2008, the national team won with him as a temporary coach in Basel 3-2 against Portugal.
The first international matches as the new boss are now up for Flick in the World Cup qualification against Liechtenstein, Armenia and Iceland in September. This year there will be two more competitive games each in October and November.
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With Flick’s signature at the DFB, where he was also the sports director from September 2014 to the beginning of 2017, the association has the hoped-for clarity on the most important employee position before the EM. “We have an incredibly good, close and very trusting relationship,” said Bierhoff, who was responsible for the search for national coaches, recently, “but it is no secret that Hansi is an interesting man and arouses great interest in other clubs and associations.”
But the crisis-ridden DFB now stood out. After winning the German championship again, his seventh title with Bayern, Flick had emphasized that he was “open to anything”. However, there was already a clear tendency to be seen. “Working with Oliver Bierhoff, Jogi Löw and Andreas Köpke back then was a lot of fun,” he said: “There was enormous appreciation, enormous loyalty that drives me. These things are there, I have a deep trust in them Oliver Bierhoff. “
There are tricky tasks waiting for Flick: The upheaval that Löw interrupted for the European Championship must continue, young players must be built up and firmly integrated. He also has to build a new framework for experienced leaders by the 2022 World Cup in just one and a half years – continue with the returnees Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels? Or maybe with younger people again?
Flick can count on his excellent relationship with the Munich block of the national team – around captain Manuel Neuer and Müller, eight (!) Bayern professionals match the EM squad. They all had wept publicly about his departure from Munich, Neuer called him “very sad”. In Munich, Flick rose to “best coach in the world” in just one and a half years. Club colleague Leroy Sané therefore spoke of a “good catch” for the DFB.