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HANSI FLICK's Golden Debut Season as Head Coach of FC Bayern Munich.

HANSI FLICK, a German, born on February 24th, 1965, took over the reigns of affairs at Allianz Arena as the Chief Coach of Bayern Munich following the departure of Niko Kovac in November 2019.

Since then, FLICK has proven to be a popular choice with the Bayern players and fans.

    Coaching Bayern Munich is FLICK's first role as a permanent Head Coach since he left Hoffenheim in November 2005.

He spent close to over five years with Hoffenheim where he guided and established the Sinsheimers in the third tier and leading them into the DFB Cup for the first time.

    HANSI FLICK is a person that understands the Bayern Munich philosophy, he was once a player in Bayern, an Assistant Coach and now The Head Coach, hence FLICK knows the mentality of Bayern Munich as he knows that FC Bayern is measured by maximum success.

After a brief spell as Assistant Coach to Giovanni Trappatoni at Salzburg, FLICK was named as number two to the then new Germany National Team Boss, Joachim Low in 2006 after he succeeded Jurgen Klinsman.

Together they finished as runners- up at 2008 UEFA European Championship and Third at both the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 Euros before finally lifting Germany's fourth World Cup title in Brazil in 2014.

The German powerhouse has been searching for a coach to elevate them on the European stage and they found the answer in an unlikely place.

The dependable Hans-Dieter Flick, to whom Bayern Munich turned to in the uncertain days after Nico Kovac’s sacking last November, was originally envisaged only as a stop-gap . Through his eight years as assistant to Joachim Low with the German national team, he was typecast as a caretaker, a natural understudy, a test driver to keep the engine purring until the Bavarians could parade a more headline-grabbing appointment. 

    Few Bayern Munich head coaches have been dealt as strong a starting hand for getting their hands on the continent's most coveted piece of silverware in their debut season. 

Flick has called for reinforcements of a squad that was forced to adapt to the changes at Alliance Arena. However, it's a collection of players that features seven World Cup winners and wouldn't be out of place at a major international tournament. 

Talk of legendary head coaches in the Bavarian capital tends to revolve around four names among Bayern Munich’s fan base. 

The old school reference Udo Lattek’s unprecedented success, the new school highlight the dominance of Pep Guardiola, while Jupp Heynckes and Ottmar Hitzfeld have both been put on a pedestal.  

Just over nine months on the hot seat and Flick’s name is already on the fringes of the debate. 

Since taking over from Niko Kovac in November, the 55-year-old has restored pride by releasing the shackles on a side that had suffered an identity crisis on the pitch under his predecessor . 

 A domestic double was his reward, and now Flick had defeated the challenge of a continental Champion proving ground that has been the downfall of many before him. 

Bayern are an elite club built for success. They have the finances, facilities and famous names that often produce the lazy argument from neutrals that anyone could claim silverware at the helm in Munich. 

There’s no merit, but it does hint at years of German dominance fostering an environment where only head coaches who thrive in it can achieve longevity - just ask Kovac or Carlo Ancelotti . 

32 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses and over 100 goals in Flick’s reign has already eclipsed both of theirs. His dynamic style was the perfect tonic to the pragmatism under Kovac which produced one of Bayern’s most humbling nights in Europe since their title win in 2013. The fact Liverpool went on to win the competition was of little relief . 

Flick has succeeded where Ancelotti and Kovac failed in striking a balance between the ruthlessness of Heynckes' second stint and Guardiola's possession-based structure. And he's achieved it while keeping those with greatest influence happy.

"The last time we were this well drilled was under Pep Guardiola," Thomas Müller told the Süddeutsche Zeitung. "Everyone has been allowed to add a personal touch to their position based on preferences, strengths and weaknesses.

"The role was always clear though . There were no ifs, buts or maybes. That's why we were able to come back so well after he took charge

Few Bayern head coaches have been dealt as strong a starting hand for getting their hands on the continent's most coveted piece of silverware in their debut season.

After taking over at Alliance Arena in November 2019, Hansi Flick steered Bayern Munich back to the top of the Bundesliga, and ultimately won the league, won the DFB cup and also won the Champions league. 

A brief look at 5 areas of where HANSI FLICK has proven that he really worth his confirmation as a Head Coach of Bayern Munich .

(1) Guardiola-level success .             

Bayern Munich have looked anything but low on confidence since Flick was named interim coach on the back of Niko Kovac's tenure-ending 5-1 defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt . The record champions were down in fourth at the time, but reclaimed pole in the new year and found themselves a season-best four points clear of the chasing pack with nine rounds of fixtures remaining. Three straight wins and an on-going run of 11 without defeat sandwich the only blot to Flick's copybook - back-to-back losses to Bayern Leverkusen and Borussia Monchenblash - while 40 points from his first possible 48 represents the next-best tally in the club's history after Pep Guardiola, who took 46 points from 48 on offer to him at the start of his three-year incumbency in 2013/14. Throw in five straight wins in domestic and European competition. 

(2) All-round dominance

A penchant for laying opposition teams to waste is another trait Flick's Bayern share with the suffocatingly good Guardiola ensemble of 2013-2016. Forty-eight of their 73 league goals so far this season have come in the 16 matches Flick has spent in the dugout - eight more than the class of 2013/14 had on the board 16 games into Pep's celebrated stint. They're also averaging three goals per Champions League game, most recently recently winning 3-0 away to the self-same Chelsea team that knocked Champions League holders Liverpool out of the English FA Cup to give themselves one big, red foot in the door of the quarter-finals. Also the 8-2 mauling of Barcelona in the Champions league quarter final match. Furthermore, more clean sheets and less goals conceded in all competitions also point to a team that has struck the perfect balance between attack and defence. 

(3) Restoring old-timers to greatness

Thomas Muller has had a big say in Bayern's resurgence under Flick. When Kovac was dismissed, the Raumdeuter had spent more time finding space on the bench than in and around the opposition penalty area. Since Flick came in, he has played in every competitive match, starting 18 of them. With eight goals and 15 assists in that time, the 30-year-old is Bayern's third deadliest outlet behind only Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski. His most recent effort - the deadlock-braker breaker against Augsburg on Matchday 25 - came by way of a trademark punt from quarter-back Jerome Boateng , himself another beneficiary of the Flick effect. At the start of the season, it seemed as if the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner had kicked his last ball in a Bayern shirt. Now he's back enjoying MVP status at the heart of one of the stingiest backlines in Europe .

4) Making men out of boys

Flick has also used youth to his advantage. Alphonso Davies has been a revelation at left-back since David Alaba moved into the centre of defence to compensate for the loss of Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez to injury. Starting every game on the left-hand side of defence under Bayern's interim boss, the 19-year-old has used his cheetah-like turn of pace and predatory sense of recovery to hit world-class level in a matter of months. It's hard to imagine a Bayern team without him, but Phonzie isn't the only kid ensuring happy days at Germany's most successful club. Joshua Zirkzee, who was promoted to the first team in late November, scored twice from the bench in successive games prior to the winter break, and responded to being chosen to fill the boots of injured goal machine Lewandowski against Hoffenheim on Matchday 24 by marking his full debut with another goal with his first shot.  Where Flick's concerned , Midas clearly breeds Midas.

5) Human first, coach second

As well as bringing the best out of the old guard and the new wave of Bayern talent, Flick is slowly but surely tapping into the bottomless talent reserves of Barcelona loanee Phillipe Coutinho . The idea that it has to be the Brazilian or Müller has been consigned to the history books, while the suggestion Bayern are giving up on the former Liverpool ace couldn't be further from the truth. Eight goals and six assists in 15 league starts bodes very well indeed as O Magico prepares to bring 2019/20 to an eye-watering crescendo. Among other things, that's something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue - at least for the opposition - Flick has brought to the party. To paraphrase Beyonce, it's no wonder Bayern put a ring on it .

It is something to be a good Coach and another thing is having the capacity and ability to bring out the best in your players and make a turnaround . HANSI FLICK has been able to prove himself as a good Coach and also brought out the best from his players .

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