Jupp Heynckes named Coach of the Year
Before Bastian Schweinsteiger took to the field for his testimonial, another man was deservedly recognised on Tuesday evening. Jupp Heynckes was presented with his award for 2018 Coach of the Year having led FCB to the Bundesliga title after taking over last October. The 73-year-old received the most votes in a survey of sports journalists carried out by German football magazine kicker. Chief reporter Karl-Heinz Wild presented him with the prize to thunderous applause from the crowd at the Allianz Arena. Heynckes also received the ‘golden K’, an award given by kicker readers for his achievements and popularity in football. After picking up the gongs, Heynckes hugged his former player Schweinsteiger and the Bayern team on their way to the dressing room and took his seat for the match.
Alaba in Austria squad
Bayern’s David Alaba has been called up by Austria for their upcoming friendly against Sweden (6 September) as well as their opening Nations League game against Bosnia-Herzegovina (11 September). The Reds left-back is one of 13 Bundesliga players in German coach Franco Foda’s squad, for whom the new competition carries high significance. “We want to try to finish top in this group so that we can test ourselves against the best in the Nations League,” said Foda. Austria’s other group opponents are Northern Ireland.