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'Incredible job'

Heynckes seals place in lexicon of the greats

“Jupp, Jupp, Jupp, Jupp!” It was a film-worthy moment at Bayern’s banquet in London's Grosvenor House. Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes had to restart his speech three times, as the team interrupted him with frenzied chants of his name. What the exchange showed was exactly how the team and coach have grown together as a unit.

“The coach is the most important factor in our success,” Bastian Schweinsteiger said. Germany head coach Joachim Löw added: “I’m particularly happy for Jupp Heynckes.” DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach added warm congratulations: “It’s fantastic to see my old friend Jupp Heynckes crown his brilliant coaching career with this victory.” Even BVB boss Jürgen Klopp paid heartfelt compliments to his senior counterpart: “I'm made up for Jupp, from the bottom of my heart. He’s a magnificent colleague and a magnificent person.”

Impressive array of titles

Impressive, unique, extraordinary – a fitting description for Heynckes' career, especially considering the current season. As a player, he won both the World Cup and the European Championship with Germany, and the UEFA Cup and the Bundesliga at club level. As a coach he added further Bundesliga titles, and has now claimed his second Champions League success.