Football: Soccer-Former Bayern coach Flick on brink of taking over Germany: reports


BERLIN (Reuters) – Former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick looks set to sign a contract to take charge of Germany after this summer’s European Championship, succeeding current coach Joachim Loew, media reports said on Tuesday.

Flick, a former Germany assistant to Loew until 2014, led Bayern to six titles in the 2019/2020 season and also won this season’s Bundesliga crown but decided to leave the champions after 18 months in charge. He was long considered the favourite to succeed Loew.

Flick was photographed entering the German FA (DFB) headquarters early on Tuesday with several local media outlets reporting he was due to sign a contract until Euro 2024, which will be held in Germany.

Loew, who had a contract until 2022, led Germany to the World Cup title in 2014 with Flick as his assistant, and the 2017 Confederations Cup but his team crashed out in the first round in the 2018 World Cup and has been struggling to perform at the highest level despite an overhaul.

A 6-0 thrashing by Spain in the Nations League in November was Germany’s worst defeat in competitive football.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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