Born in the picturesque town of Heidelberg in 1965, Hans-Dieter Flick,had his breakthrough at Sandhausen in the German lower fooball league from 1982 and 1985, discovered by Bayern Munich at the age of 20 and spent five years with the Reds, recording 137 competitive outings and winning four Bundesliga titles as well as the 1986 DFB Cup before leaving in 1990. he played as an attacking midfielder joined Cologne, but after battling with serious injuries, he played his last Bundesliga game in September 1992 before hanging his boots at the age of 28.
The 55-year-old took was the sporting director at the German FA when they conquered the world in Brazil as Joachim Löw assistant, making a record as the first Germany head coach nor his assistant had ever played for the country at the highest level, but that was no hindrance to the duo taking the team to the summit of the global game. After finishing as runners-up at UEFA Euro 2008 and in third place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Die Mannschaft conquered all comers at Brazil 2014 to put a fourth star on Germany’s shirts.
Hans began his coaching badges in good time, eventually receiving his professional license in 2003 after finishing joint-top of his class, alongside former Hamburg, Borussia Dortmund and Hannover boss Thomas Doll.
After several years on the touchline at his local amateur side in Bammental, he was appointed as Hoffenheim head coach in 2000 and helped drive the club’s development over the next five years, earning promotion from the fourth to the third division and paving the way for Ralf Rangnick to take the side up to Bundesliga 2 in 2007. Flick then had a brief spell on the coaching staff at Red Bull Salzburg under Giovanni Trapattoni, before receiving a life-changing call…
Despite not having held a coaching position for more than five years at the time, he seamlessly resumed his activities with such a degree of success that when Kovac was dismissed in November 2019, Flick was installed as interim head coach. He won eight of his first 10 competitive matches in charge and just before Christmas that year, Bayern announced he would remain in the dugout until the end of the season.
And what a season it turned out to be. Flick steered Bayern to an unprecedented sextuple over the following months, winning the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League titles, as well as the DFL and UEFA Supercups and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Individual glory followed as he was named UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year for 2019/20, but in April 2021 he announced that he had asked Bayern to be released from his contract, which was due to run until June 2023.
Flick will now be tasked with steering Germany through FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying. Die Mannschaft are currently third in Group J behind Armenia and North Macedonia, and his first game in charge will be against Liechtenstein on 2 September 2021.