- Hansi Flick has led FC Bayern München to FIFA Club World Cup glory
- 2014 World Cup winner as assistant coach, 2020 triumph as head coach
- Hugely influential in 2014 World Cup success
By successful the FIFA Club World Cup™ remaining, Hansi Flick not solely made historical past with FC Bayern München by matching Barcelona’s file of six titles. He additionally set a person finest-mark: the 55-12 months-previous turned the primary particular person to win each the Club World Cup (since 2000) and the FIFA World Cup™ as coach, having completed so in 2014 as Joachim Low’s assistant.
“Congratulations to my team,” Flick stated after the ultimate. “They have accomplished a historic feat, they’ve received 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 received the ultimate.
“It was very difficult for me as well, we were all at the limit, the same goes for me at the touchline. The match against Tigres was on eye-level, even though we dominated. They deserved to be in this final.”
Although Flick, a midfielder in his taking part in 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 shaped a harmonious duo from the outset, and though Flick stored a low profile in public, throughout the Germany set-up he labored independently in lots of areas.
To the surface world, this turned notably clear on the 2014 World Cup: whereas Low had beforehand afforded set-piece coaching little precedence at earlier tournaments because of time restraints, Flick insisted on making it a central subject in Brazil. “We wanted to emphasise the value of set-pieces again, especially at such an extreme tournament,” stated Flick on the time, having sought recommendation from lifeless-ball consultants within the Bundesliga.
Low jokingly wager his assistant a night meal that Germany wouldn’t rating any objectives from set-items at Brazil 2014. Yet en path to the nation’s fourth world title, Low’s costs in the end scored 4 occasions from free-kicks or corners, together with the equalising purpose at 2-2 within the group recreation towards Ghana, the one purpose of the match within the quarter-finals towards France, and the all-vital opener within the semi-finals towards Brazil.
“We practiced it intensively, sacrificed training time for it,” said Flick at the time. “Jogi will pay, so I’m looking forward to this meal.” It was an expense Low will surely have been completely satisfied 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 Super Cup, DFL Supercup and now the FIFA Club World Cup.
This success was no coincidence, with Flick radically altering Bayern’s recreation after taking up. He carried out far better depth when urgent, the next line of defense and, collectively along with his workers, ready his workforce in the absolute best manner 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 conscious of the necessity for loyalty from his gamers, and proved himself to be an empathetic and even-handed man-supervisor. “Right from the start, he created a very good atmosphere in the team and gave us a lot of confidence. We had the feeling we were unbeatable,” stated Joshua Kimmich.
Brazil’s Tite received the Club World Cup in 2002 with Corinthians and, as Brazil’s head coach, may elevate the World Cup title in 2022. Zinedine Zidane was triumphant at France 1998 as a participant, and received the Club World Cup with Real Madrid in 2016 and 2017. It is certainly not out of the query that he may take cost of France at some point and steer them to a different World Cup triumph. However, this night, it was Flick who did it first.