Hansi Flick boasted an unmatched record as Bayern coach. - © DFL
Hansi Flick boasted an unmatched record as Bayern coach. - © DFL

Hansi Flick: 10 things on the ex-Bayern Munich treble winner and Germany coach


A record-breaking treble winner in his first season as Bayern Munich's head coach, Hansi Flick went on to enjoy a stint at the Germany helm.

bundesliga.com takes a look at the life and career of 58-year-old Flick, from his Bundesliga playing days to assisting and later taking charge of the German national team.

1) Familiar face at Bayern

Born in the picturesque town of Heidelberg in 1965, Hans-Dieter Flick – to give him his full name – made his breakthrough at Sandhausen in the lower leagues of German football between 1982 and 1985.

He was spotted by Bayern Munich at the age of 20 and spent five years with the Reds, making 137 appearances for the club and winning four Bundesliga titles as well as the 1986 DFB Cup before departing in 1990. The midfielder then moved on to Cologne, but after struggling with serious injuries he played his last Bundesliga game in September 1992. His time as a professional footballer officially came to an end the following year at the age of 28.

Flick (r.) played under Jupp Heynckes (c.) during his time on the pitch at Bayern Munich. - DFL

2) Bank clerk instead of VfB Stuttgart

Flick's career could easily have taken a very different course. At the age of 18 he was part-way through an apprenticeship to be a bank clerk when he received – and turned down – an offer to play for VfB Stuttgart, who went on to win the 1983/84 Bundesliga title.

"I wanted to finish my training at the bank," he told Rund magazine in 2014. "But VfB said that if I did that I'd have to play for the reserve team – and I didn't want to do that. I just wanted something to fall back on because I didn't know how long I'd be able to play football for."

Watch: Flick's best Bundesliga goal

3) Move into management

Thinking ahead is a trait that has remained with Flick, and he made sure to begin his coaching badges in good time. He eventually received 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, Flick was appointed as Hoffenheim head coach in 2000. He 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 Salzburg under Giovanni Trapattoni, before receiving a life-changing call…

4) World Cup winner

On 23 August 2006, just a month after Joachim Löw had been installed as Germany head coach following Jürgen Klinsmann's resignation, Flick was appointed as Löw's assistant. In a stroke of coincidence, Löw's brother Markus had been the player signed by Sandhausen to replace Flick in 1985.

It was the first time in history that neither the Germany head coach nor his assistant had ever played for the country at the highest level, with Flick having only made two appearances for the U18s. That was no hindrance to the duo, however, as they took 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 German jerseys.

Flick (l.) soaked up the atmosphere with Joachim Löw (r.) when the pair led Germany to FIFA World Cup glory in 2014. - DFL

5) Hometown honours

As a result, in November 2015 Flick was given the freedom of Bammental, the small town just outside Heidelberg where he lives with his wife Silke. He was the youngest-ever recipient of the award in the town, where he also runs a sports shop. After stepping down as Löw's assistant following the World Cup triumph, he took up a post as sporting director at the German Football Association (DFB) in September 2014, a role he held until January 2017.

6) The Bayern return

After little more than seven months back with Hoffenheim as the club’s sporting director, Flick was out of football from February 2018 until July 2019, when he made his return to Bayern as assistant manager to Niko Kovac. An assistant for the third time in his blossoming coaching career, Flick joined a staff looking to win a second title in a row under the former Eintracht Frankfurt coach. They also hoped to add the UEFA Champions League title alongside it.

Watch: Hansi Flick's career highlights

7) Baptism of fire

Bayern’s second season under Kovac got off to a rocky start and by the start of November he was out, with Flick handed the reins on an interim basis. The defending champions had suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Frankfurt and were sat fourth in the Bundesliga table, with Dortmund to come next in Der Klassiker.

Flick dealt with the potential banana-skin fixture of Olympiacos in the Champions League group stage before his true step towards the coalface and Dortmund on Matchday 11. The 4-0 win that followed moved Bayern above their title rivals. A few further adjustments were needed after defeats to Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach in the following weeks, but after that Flick and Bayern didn’t look back.

Watch: See how Bayern beat Dortmund in Flick's first Bundesliga game in charge

8) Record-breaking returns

There might have been the smallest concerns creeping into the minds of Bayern’s bosses after those back-to-back defeats to Leverkusen and Gladbach, but after those setbacks, Flick took the record champions to a level they rarely reached before. It’s hard to imagine a coach breaking records at Bayern when you think that the club have been managed by Pep Guardiola and won an unprecedented treble under Jupp Heynckes, but that's just what Flick managed to do.

At the conclusion of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season, the coach - with 32 wins from 35 games in all competitions - boasted the best ratio of any Bayern tactician in history. His points-per-game ratio of 2.78 surpassed Pep's 2.6 of 2013/14 and was just ahead of Heynckes' phenomenal 2.7. 

The man who won it all at Bayern: Hansi Flick - DFL/Getty Images/Matthias Hangst

9) Trophies galore 

In Flick's first role as a permanent head coach, he took just nine nine months to wrap up a continental treble of Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League with Bayern. FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and DFL-Supercup honours followed as the Bavarian giants celebrated the sextuple, with Flick masterfully guiding the successful FCB ship. Unsurprisingly, the Heidelberg native was named UEFA Men's Coach of the Year during that immensely successful period between 2019 and 2021. He would leave Bayern having lost only eight of his 86 games in charge and with seven trophies to show for his efforts.

Watch: Bayern wrapped up their eighth straight Bundesliga title with victory in Bremen

10) Germany calling

In August 2021, Flick replaced the departing Joachim Löw as head coach of Germany,  finally taking the role of the man he had assisted with great success. Things began well, with the former U18 international leading his country to 13 unbeaten games out of the gates. Qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup was secured, however, Germany lost their opening game at the tournament to Japan and would eventually fail to qualify for the tournament's knockout stages. Things didn't fair much better after that for Flick as he prepared Germany to host UEFA EURO 2024. After three successive losses, the final one again coming against Japan in a friendly, he was relieved of his duties as national team coach on 10 September 2023.