• Hansi Flick wins FIFA Club World Cup with Bayern Munich
  • Assistant to Joachim Löw during the 2014 coronation, he became world club champion
  • Back on the crazy year of the German technician

Overseeing Bayern Munich’s victory in the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup ™ final, Hansi Flick helped his team equal all six titles won by FC Barcelona. “Congratulations to my team, they achieved a historic feat,” said the technician after the Bavarians’ triumph at Qatar 2020. Even for a club used to winning like Bayern Munich, this is the best season of all the temperature”.

With this new triumph, the 55-year-old German technician sets another, much more personal record: he is indeed the first coach to include his name in the winners of the Club World Cup (since 2000) and the World Cup. of FIFA ™ (as assistant to Joachim Löw, in 2014).

Four times crowned German champion with the giant from the banks of the Isar, Flick attended the youth teams for a while, without ever being called up for the German team. In the aftermath of the 2006 World Cup, he joined the technical support of the team, as assistant to new manager, Joachim Löw. The two men get along wonderfully. More discreet in the media, Flick nevertheless enjoys a great deal of autonomy in his work.

His influence was particularly felt in 2014. Due to lack of time, Löw often overlooked the preparation of set pieces in major international competitions; On the contrary, Flick wishes to make it a central issue. “We want to emphasize the importance of set pieces, especially in competitions where the gaps are so slim,” says the person, who does not hesitate to take advice from specialists on the subject in the Bundesliga.

In a challenge, Löw bets his deputy that Germany will not score from a set piece in Brazil 2014. The loser agrees to invite the winner to dinner. In the end, the future quadruple world champions find their way to the net four times from a free kick or a corner, especially in the draw (2-2) against Ghana in the group stage, against France (1-0 ) in the quarter-finals and against Brazil (for the opener), in the semi-final. “We have worked on this aspect intensively, even if it means sacrificing others. Yogi only keep their word. I look forward to his invitation, “Flick laughs afterwards. We imagine that the German coach did not have to be asked.

Following this coronation, our man held various positions within the DFB then at 1899 Hoffenheim, before landing at Bayern Munich as assistant to Niko Kovač during the 2019/20 season. He takes sole control of the team from November, an event that marks the start of an unprecedented series of successes: 32 unbeaten matches, a German league title, a German Cup, a UEFA Champions League, a UEFA Super Cup, a German Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

FC Bayern München coach Hansi Flick with the UEFA Champions League trophy 2020
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Tactical triumph

The new strongman of Bayern does not take long to impose his ideas. Under his leadership, his players press more, thanks in particular to a defense placed much higher on the field. He also skilfully takes advantage of the interruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic to prepare well for the second phase of the Champions League. During this period, he takes care to maintain the membership of his workforce, leading his group with empathy and accuracy. “From the start, he gave us confidence by giving us very positive feedback. We felt that we were invincible,” said Joshua Kimmich.

Winner of the 2002 Club World Cup with the Corinthians, the Brazilian Tite could emulate Flick by winning Qatar 2022. Zinedine Zidane won the World Cup as a player (1998) and the Club World Cup as a coach (2016 and 2017). It is entirely conceivable that one day the former playmaker of the Blues lead his country to the supreme title in the most prestigious of competitions. But for now, Hansi Flick is the only one to have accomplished this feat.

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