Hans-Dieter Flick is a coach that no one talked about a year ago, and now he is a treble winner with Bayern … The success of this specialist was so rapid that many still know almost nothing about him. We’ll fix that.
1. Flick – his at Bayern
Hansi Flick was born in Heidelberg in 1965, and he started playing football at Sandhausen, in the lower leagues in Germany. When he was 20, he was noticed by the Bayern scouts, with whom he spent five years of his career.
In 137 matches, he managed to win four championship titles and the 1986 German Cup. Then the midfielder played for Cologne, but serious injuries prevented him from becoming a local hero – he hung up his boots at the age of 28.
2. Banker, not a Stuttgart player
Flick’s life could have turned out completely differently: when he was 18, he worked as a bank clerk, at the same time playing football. It was then that he received an invitation from Stuttgart, which became the Bundesliga champion in 1984.
“I wanted to complete my practice at the bank,” Flick admitted to Rund magazine in 2014. – But the representatives of Stuttgart said that if so, then I will have to play for the reserves. I didn’t want that, but I needed some kind of reinsurance, because I didn’t know how much I could play. ”
3. Becoming a coach
Flick has always thought ahead – a useful quality for a coach. Not surprisingly, he received his license very early, back in 2003. He graduated with honors, becoming the best student on a par with the ex-mentor of Hamburg, Borussia and Hanover, Thomas Doll.
After spending several years at the head of the amateur “Bammental”, Flick became a “Mr. Hoffenheim in 2000. He helped the club progress to the third division, after which Ralph Rangnick took over the baton. After that, Flick worked at Salzburg with Giovanni Trapattoni.
4. World Champion
On August 23, 2006, a month after Joachim Loew was appointed head coach of the German national team, Flick became his assistant. What’s funny is that in 1985 it was Lev’s brother Markus who was bought by Sandhausen as a replacement for Flick.
The duo immediately made a splash: for the first time in German history, it was trained by specialists, never playing for the national team – Flick only played twice at the U-18 level. This did not stop them: having taken silver at Euro 2008 and bronze at the 2010 World Cup, Germany became the champion in Brazil.
In 2015, Flick was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Bammenthal – a small town near Heidelberg, where he now lives with his wife Silke. He is the youngest status holder in history. By the way, Hansi has his own sports shop here. After leaving the position of Loew’s assistant in the national team, Flick began working as sports director for the German football association. He worked here until January 2017.
6. Return to Bayern
After spending just over seven months as sporting director at Hoffenheim, Hansi took a break and retired from football until July 2019. When coach Niko Kovacs invited him to become his assistant at Bayern, he simply could not pass up the opportunity to add the Bundesliga Cup and possibly the Champions League to his trophy list.
7. Baptism of fire
Niko Kovacs did not start his second season at Bayern in the best way, and in November he was told to leave. While the management was looking for a replacement, Flick became the acting head coach. The team was not in the best shape, and few believed that the failed banker would cope. His main test was a fundamental confrontation with Borussia, but the Reds won the derby with a crushing score of 4: 0. Not everything went smoothly at first – Bayer Leverkusen and Gladbach will not let you lie – but after that the new coach was already unstoppable.
After the defeats to Gladbach and Bayer 04, the leadership of Bayern was the last to think about the records, but now, after the treble, Flick has them in order. In one season, he managed to catch up and overtake the achievements of such specialists as Pep Guardiola and Jupp Heynckes.
At the end of this season, Flick won 32 out of 35 matches – the best win ratio in club history. His average points per game (2.78) are higher than Pep (2.6) and Heynckes (2.7). Bayern also averaged over three goals per game, the best ever.
9. He’s popular
“He has a clear plan. He returned the old values to the team, and everyone happily followed him. The players sympathize with him. They trust him, and he trust them. This is no less important than traditional coaching qualities. ”
These are the words of the Chairman of the Board Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. You can trust him: the popular coach has already praised every player on his team. No wonder they love him so much.
10. Long-term contract
In April, the ex-deputy head coach was awarded a contract until 2023. “Together we will determine the direction of the club’s development in the coming years. I am confident that we will achieve a lot, ”said Flick. And how can you not believe him? Shortly after signing the contract, the coach won the championship, the German Cup and the Champions League.