It was a red coat that caused unrest for days in April 2017.
Julian Nagelsmann wore the garment in the club colors of FC Bayern at the Munich cup semi-final against Dortmund.
Nagelsmann, then still coach of TSG Hoffenheim, mingled with the spectators in the eye-catching material.
Immediately there was speculation about a possible change of the highly acclaimed coach talent to the Isar.
All those involved denied, Nagelsmann spoke of a camouflage and later auctioned the coat for charity.
Four years later, the 33-year-old coach no longer has to hide.
On Tuesday, FC Bayern confirmed that Nagelsmann will be coach in Munich for the new season.
He received a contract with the record champions until June 30, 2026. A marriage that had been planned for a long time.
“Julian Nagelsmann stands for a new generation of trainers.
Despite his young age, he has had an impressive career.
We are convinced that, with Julian Nagelsmann, we will build on the great successes of the past few years ”, rejoiced President Herbert Hainer.
Oliver Kahn, who will take over as CEO from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at the end of the year, was also delighted: "Julian's five-year contract alone shows how much he identifies with FC Bayern."
Nagelsmann transfer to FC Bayern is fixed
FC Bayern has found a successor for Hansi Flick.
For the new season, Noch-RB coach Julian Nagelsmann will take over the coaching position at Munich - and they will probably dig deep into their pockets.
Shortly afterwards, the longed for in Leipzig answered the questions himself.
At a hastily arranged video conference, Nagelsmann looked satisfied.
"I told Oliver Mintzlaff (
club boss, d. Red.
) Last week that I would not want to end this contract for any other club, but only for this one," said Nagelsmann, emphasizing his love for FC Bayern.
Nagelsmann only wants to take his assistant coach with him
Of course, he wanted to end his time in Leipzig successfully: "I am very motivated to perform well here and for the new club from the summer as well." Nagelsmann promised that he would not take anyone with him to Munich except for his co-trainers.
"I'm not going to rent a T6 or whatever to go to Munich and have one or two good players from Leipzig with me."
"FC Bayern plays a bigger role in my dreams," said Nagelsmann years ago
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Nagelsmann, who had to give up his playing career at the age of 20 due to the threat of osteoarthritis in his knee, becomes the most expensive coach in football history at the age of 30, replacing André Villas-Boas.
For his move from FC Porto, Chelsea FC paid the previous record amount of an estimated 15 million euros in 2011.
In order to buy Nagelsmann from his contract, which originally ran until 2023, Bayern want to transfer up to 25 million euros to RB, according to media reports.
“There are many players who cost significantly more, and they also have to deal with the pressure and perform well.
It's the same with me, ”assured the future Bayern coach.
In the Bundesliga, the 7.5 million euros for Adi Hütter's move from Eintracht Frankfurt to Borussia Mönchengladbach are the highest value so far.
Meticulousness and obsession with tactics
Nagelsmann has been one of the most innovative and ambitious coaches in German football for years. During his time in Hoffenheim, he had a huge video screen installed on the training grounds, on which he could show his players their mistakes in training ad hoc. Nagelsmann regularly shouts out his meticulousness and obsession with tactics on the sidelines. He maintains an approachable and almost buddy relationship with his players, who are often the same age, but does not tolerate any negligence.
The move to Munich also has a personal component for Nagelsmann.
“FC Bayern plays a bigger role in my dreams,” he said in a Eurosport interview a few years ago.
As a child and adolescent, Nagelsmann was a fan of the record champions and has also lived in Munich.
His wife and two children already live in the Free State.
From the coming season, Nagelsmann will no longer sit on the guest bench in the Munich arena
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The native Landsberger has been considered a possible Bayern coach for years, and the Munich club bosses have valued him for a long time.
Uli Hoeneß, the Munich supervisory board, spoke to Sky of a “very good choice”.
The former Bayern president had already wanted to sign Nagelsmann as coach of the Hoffenheim U19s during his time.
At that time Dietmar Hopp, patron of the Sinsheimer, refused the release.
Six years later, the Munich-based company and the man who had been courted for years have finally found each other.
Bayern dissolves contract with Flick
Also in the case of Hans-Dieter Flick, Bayern made facts. The contract with the 56-year-old coach, which would have run until next summer, will be terminated. “I would like to expressly thank Hansi Flick on behalf of FC Bayern. He took over our team in a difficult phase in 2019 and then won six titles, the seventh will hopefully follow soon ”, thanked President Hainer. Flick will always have a place in the club's history books.
Flick himself said that it was "an honor" for him.
“The emotions, the victories, the titles, but also the daily work on the pitch was a lot of fun - it was an outstanding time.
You only have success together, ”Flick was quoted as saying.
A tribute to the team spirit, but maybe also a hidden explanation why the success in the cup competitions was not achieved this season.
With the commitment of Nagelsmann (l), Bayern Munich is probably clearing the way for Hansi Flick to become national coach
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Because the background for the end of the short Flick term in Munich is also the smoldering conflict with sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. The latter expressly thanked his adversary and emphasized that the talks with his successor Nagelsmann were "very cooperative and constructive". Flick's future is now suspected at the German Football Association. He is considered to be the successor to national coach Joachim Löw, who will stop after the European Championship in the summer.
It will be exciting to see how fruitfully Nagelsmann and Salihamidzic can work together. The relationship between coach and sports director will be meticulously examined from day one after the Flick arguments. Until recently, Kahn is said to have tried to show Flick ways how decision-making with the record champions could be more constructive. It is hard to imagine that these planned adjustments will be discarded after the new coach has signed on.
And what's next in Leipzig? Mintzlaff had recently vehemently denied a collapse of the club. The managing director even said that the Leipzig project would be strengthened. At the press conference on Tuesday, Mintzlaff was clearly trying to convey strength of action and sovereignty. “We don't see this as a declaration of bankruptcy, but are still fully in attack mode. Also towards Bayern and Julian. He should feel us in the coming year, ”says the 45-year-old confidently. Reaching the Champions League is also the declared goal in the coming season.
But the fact is that Leipzig, after a year in which they have come very close to FC Bayern in the Bundesliga, loses sports director Markus Krösche and defensive jewel Dayot Upamecano in addition to Nagelsmann. According to Mintzlaff, there should be three candidates to choose from for the coaching position. One of them is reportedly Jesse Marsch. The American is currently still coaching FC Red Bull Salzburg.Keywords: