Flick named Germany's Coach of the Year
What a season it's been for Bayern boss Hansi Flick! German league winner, cup winner, Champions League conqueror -- and to top it off, he's been named Germany's 'Coach of the Year' for 2020. In the annual vote held by sports magazine *kicker*among sports journalists, the 55-year-old came out on top with 232 votes, way ahead of Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp (164) -- his predecessor as Champions League winner -- and Freiburg's Christian Streich (40).
"Recognition for my whole coaching team"
Flick was modest as ever about the result, describing it as "recognition for my whole coaching team". Nevertheless, it's yet another highlight in a season that's been packed with highs. The World Cup-winning assistant coach from 2014 came to Munich in summer 2019 as assistant to then head coach Niko Kovač. After Kovač's dismissal in November of last year, Flick took charge of the German record champions and soon started an incredible run of form.
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Bayern are now unbeaten in 30 matches in all competitions, winning 29 of them including each of the last 21 -- the current record in German professional football. But that's not all. By completing the treble with success in the Champions League in Lisbon last weekend, Flick joins a group of great names in world football.
In illustrious company
Following Sir Alex Ferguson (1999 with Manchester United), Pep Guardiola (2009 with Barcelona), José Mourinho (2010 with Inter Milan), Jupp Heynckes (2013 with FC Bayern) and Luis Enrique (2015 with Barcelona), Flick is the sixth coach to have won the treble since the formation of the Champions League. Now he's also Germany's Coach of the Year, his first major individual accolade and the reward for a fantastic debut season as Bayern coach.