Joachim Löw will pass the Germany baton on to his former assistant, Hansi Flick, after this summer's European Championship. - © Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images
Joachim Löw will pass the Germany baton on to his former assistant, Hansi Flick, after this summer's European Championship. - © Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images
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Hansi Flick to replace Joachim Löw as Germany head coach

Hansi Flick will replace Joachim Löw as Germany head coach after this summer's UEFA Euro 2020 championship, after leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Flick has agreed a three-year deal with Die Mannschaft, and returns to familiar surroundings in Germany's national team set-up, having been Löw's assistant from 2006 to 2014, and was part of the coaching staff as Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

"It all went surprisingly quickly for me with the signature, but I'm very happy to be able to work as national coach from autumn," Flick said. "The season has just ended and the two years at Bayern Munich are still having a strong impact on me."

The 56-year-old took up a role as sporting director at the German FA after that triumph in Brazil and was then briefly on the managerial board at Hoffenheim before accepting an offer to become Nico Kovac's assistant at Bayern in July 2019.

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.

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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.