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The greatest farewell

Triumphant Heynckes leaves as ‘great friend’

It was a scene to send a shiver down the spine of even the hardest-bitten football fan. Jupp Heynckes walked alone from the halfway line to the Bayern end, where his team were already dancing for joy. The boss set out on the 70 or so yards slowly, almost hesitantly, but then gathered his resolve and began striding purposefully towards the massed ranks in red and white. Chants of “Jupp, Jupp, Jupp!" filled the Berlin air as the fans saw the coach approaching. The players fell to their knees, and then hoisted the boss high. And now the 68-year-old was filled with elation and happiness, expressing his emotions in a way never seen before this season, and possibly in Heynckes’ entire career. This final solo parade was clearly a source of genuine enjoyment.

“You drink in the atmosphere. I have to say it was gigantic and an absolute highlight," Heynckes said after his final match with Bayern, which brought him his first cup triumph as a coach and also sealed the historic treble. The fans continued to hail him as he lifted the trophy in front of them. Shortly beforehand, the players had ensured Heynckes was the victim of his second Weissbier shower of the season.