Bundesliga: Julian Nagelsmann to replace Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich

The RB Leipzig coach will move to Bayern at the end of the current Bundesliga season

Julian Nagelsmann in a file photo; Credit: UEFA Champions League Twitter

Bayern Munich have appointed Julian Nagelsmann as Hansi Flick’s successor after the 56-year-old German announced his decision to leave the team at the end of the season. The 33-year-old Leipzig coach will move to Bayern on 1st July. He has signed a 5-year contract that runs through 2026. Bayern said they agreed to terminate Flick’s contract after he asked to be released two years earlier than its original expiry date.

“FC Bayern have appointed Julian Nagelsmann as their new head coach. The Bavarian-born 33-year-old will move to Munich from RB Leipzig on 1 July 2021 ahead of the new season, signing a five-year-contract with the German record champions until 30 June 2026,” read the club statement.

“This comes after FC Bayern agreed to current head coach Hansi Flick’s request to have his contract terminated on 30 June 2021, two years earlier than its original expiry date.”

Nagelsmann is widely regarded as one of the brightest young coaches in Europe currently. His Leipzig team ended third in the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign and surprisingly reached the Champions League semifinals. Sitting second in the current league standings, Leipzig are on course to lift a trophy in the DFB Cup, with a semifinal against Werder Bremen scheduled on 30th April.

“Julian’s contract length of five years alone shows how much he identifies with FC Bayern. I’m convinced we will have a very successful future at FC Bayern with Julian,” said board member and future CEO Oliver Kahn.

“I’d also like to thank Hansi. He led FC Bayern to amazing success with great football. We’ve now fulfilled his wish to leave FC Bayern before the end of his contract.”

A look back

Under Nagelsmann, Leipzig have played 90 competitive games, winning 53 and drawing 21. “Julian stands for a new generation of coaches. Despite his young age, he already boasts an impressive CV,” said Bayern president Herbert Hainer.

“We’re convinced we’ll be able to build on the amazing success of recent years with Julian.”

Nagelsmann previously spent nine years at Hoffenheim. He then made history as the Bundesliga’s youngest permanent coach when he took over the senior team in February 2016 at the age of 28.

He then helped them to back-to-back top four finishes in 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.




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