Berlin, May 25
Hansi Flick will take over as Germany coach after the European Championship, replacing Joachim Löw.
Flick signed a three-year contract effective from July 1 to succeed his former boss, who is ending his 15-year tenure after the tournament, the German soccer federation said Tuesday.
Flick’s last game in charge of Bayern Munich was on Saturday.
“It’s a wonderful thing that Hansi Flick is returning to the federation as national team coach,” federation vice president Peter Peters said.
“He has developed as a person and as a coach since his already successful time here — not only shown by his fantastic success with FC Bayern.” Flick was Löw’s assistant from 2006-14, when they helped Germany win the World Cup in Brazil. He left to become the federation’s sporting director through 2017, and then took over at Hoffenheim.
The 56-year-old Flick most recently led Bayern to two Bundesliga titles, a Champions League victory and German Cup success. He informed the Bavarian club in April that he wished to leave.
“It all went surprisingly quickly for me with the signature, but I’m very happy to be able to work as the national team coach from autumn onward,” said Flick, who wished Löw success at Euro 2020.
“Jogi Löw more than deserves a great end to his career as national coach.” (AP)