- Hansi Flick has led FC Bayern München to FIFA Membership World Cup glory
- 2014 World Cup winner as assistant coach, 2020 triumph as head coach
- Massively influential in 2014 World Cup success
By successful the FIFA Membership World Cup™ last, Hansi Flick not solely made historical past with FC Bayern München by matching Barcelona’s file of six titles. He additionally set a person best-mark: the 55-year-old turned the primary individual to win each the Membership World Cup (since 2000) and the FIFA World Cup™ as coach, having finished so in 2014 as Joachim Low’s assistant.
“Congratulations to my workforce,” Flick mentioned after the ultimate. “They’ve accomplished a historic feat, they’ve gained six titles in a single season. Even for the profitable membership that’s FC Bayern München, this was essentially the most profitable season ever. The workforce performed outstandingly. The win was by no means in peril, we dominated and deservedly gained the ultimate.
“It was very troublesome for me as nicely, we have been all on the restrict, the identical goes for me on the touchline. The match towards Tigres was on eye-level, regardless that we dominated. They deserved to be on this last.”
Though Flick, a midfielder in his enjoying days, lifted the Bundesliga title 4 occasions with Bayern and represented Germany at youth degree, he by no means earned a senior cap for his nation. After the 2006 World Cup he was recruited as assistant to Low, himself newly appointed as head coach. The pair fashioned a harmonious duo from the outset, and though Flick saved a low profile in public, throughout the Germany set-up he labored independently in lots of areas.
To the skin world, this turned significantly clear on the 2014 World Cup: whereas Low had beforehand afforded set-piece coaching little precedence at earlier tournaments as a result of time restraints, Flick insisted on making it a central subject in Brazil. “We needed to stress the worth of set-pieces once more, particularly at such an excessive event,” mentioned Flick on the time, having sought recommendation from dead-ball consultants within the Bundesliga.
Low jokingly wager his assistant a night meal that Germany wouldn’t rating any targets from set-pieces at Brazil 2014. But en path to the nation’s fourth world title, Low’s expenses in the end scored 4 occasions from free-kicks or corners, together with the equalising aim at 2-2 within the group sport towards Ghana, the one aim of the match within the quarter-finals towards France, and the all-important opener within the semi-finals towards Brazil.
“We practiced it intensively, sacrificed coaching time for it,” mentioned Flick on the time. “Jogi pays, so I am trying ahead to this meal.” It was an expense Low would definitely have been joyful to incur.
Following that triumph, Flick labored as an official at each the DFB and Bundesliga facet 1899 Hoffenheim earlier than becoming a member of Bayern as Niko Kovac’s assistant for the 2019/20 season. When he succeeded Kovac as head coach in November 2019, it was the prelude to an unprecedented interval of success, that included a 32-match unbeaten run in all competitions, in addition to glory within the Bundesliga, DFB Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Tremendous Cup, DFL Supercup and now the FIFA Membership World Cup.
This success was no coincidence, with Flick radically altering Bayern’s sport after taking up. He carried out far higher depth when urgent, the next line of defense and, collectively together with his workers, ready his workforce in the very best approach for the ultimate part of the Champions League throughout the suspension of play attributable to the pandemic.
In doing so, he was all the time aware of the necessity for loyalty from his gamers, and proved himself to be an empathetic and even-handed man-manager. “Proper from the beginning, he created an excellent ambiance within the workforce and gave us plenty of confidence. We had the sensation we have been unbeatable,” mentioned Joshua Kimmich.
Brazil’s Tite gained the Membership World Cup in 2002 with Corinthians and, as Brazil’s head coach, may raise the World Cup title in 2022. Zinedine Zidane was triumphant at France 1998 as a participant, and gained the Membership World Cup with Actual Madrid in 2016 and 2017. It’s on no account out of the query that he may take cost of France at some point and steer them to a different World Cup triumph. Nevertheless, this night, it was Flick who did it first.