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Gerland honoured

Prestigious coaching prize for FCB stalwart

At a ceremony in Bonn on Thursday evening marking the end of an elite coaching instruction course at Hennes Weisweiler Academy, Bayern assistant coach Hermann Gerland was presented with the prestigious German Football Coaching Prize. The €10,000 prize, awarded annually by a German FA jury headed by DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach, recognises “outstanding achievement by a coach in matches, youth development, or particular socio-political commitment as a coach."

“I'm receiving the prize, but in fact it recognises everyone working in the youth development section at Bayern," Gerland commented. “FC Bayern is an outstanding club. I enjoy every day I spend at the Säbener Strasse." The 57-year-old won the prize for his exceptional achievement in developing a number of highly talented players.

Preceded by Hrubesch and Tuchel

Germany internationals including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos and Dortmund star Mats Hummels are protégés of Gerland and started their successful careers with the long-serving youth and reserve boss. All have paid tribute to Gerland’s influence in shaping them both as footballers and human beings.

“I'm the biggest softy of any coach. When one of my lads makes it, I have tears in my eyes. I'm always so delighted," said the man nicknamed Tiger. The prize was awarded for the third time, with the previous winners being Thomas Tuchel of Mainz and DFB youth coach Horst Hrubesch.

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