The miracle of Hansi Flick

Bayern have already had four cups in 2020. Hand in hand with Hansi Flick and with players like Kimmich, Gnabry, Goretzka and Sané they can set a cycle.


Bayern suffered, for the first time in a long time, but triumphed again. There are already four glasses in this atypical 2020. Salad bowl, Pokal, Champions and now the European Super Cup. In 2013, Bayern Heynckes already did it. It was the icing on the cake for that generation of legends such as Schweinsteiger or Lahm who, shortly after, ended up hanging up their boots. The careers of Kimmich, Goretzka and Gnabry, none older than 25, have just begun. There is Bayern for a while. And his reign, taking into account the level that he has already reached, looks like it will go on for a long time.

"It may be that we are living the beginning of a new era," said Herbert Hainer, president of the Bavarian team, a few weeks ago. The architect of everything that is happening to Bayern is Hansi Flick. D-Day is November 2, 2019. Bayern suffer a tough 5-1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt, which puts an end to the Croatian's stage in Munich. In the absence of big names in the market, the leadership of the six-time European champion hands over the reins of a broken team to Kovac's second. Ten months later, Flick is already eternal in the Bavarian capital. He created a beast that has won all his matches since February.

He knew how to put together the pieces that the club's sports management, led by Hasan Salihamidzic, had acquired over a few years that served to build the Bayern of tomorrow. Both on the pitch and on the main floor. Players like Gnabry, Sané or Süle arrived to fill the void left by Robben, Ribéry or Schweini himself, footballers who had marked an era at the Allianz Arena. They just needed someone who knew how to make the most of them and Flick did it. On the noble floor, more of the same. Salihamidzic is chosen to walk in the footsteps of the legendary manager Hoeness, Oliver Kahn is already part of the board of directors and will inherit the position of CEO Rummenigge in 2022.

"A club like Bayern has to pursue the goal of securing the future. Those who come will continue to keep the club at the top. I have no doubt," explained Rummenigge. Together with Hoeness, he always based the club's success on a strong and stable economy. Year after year, Bayern runs a surplus. The box is full. And now it serves as a lifeline in a crisis that has placed more than one rival on the precipice. "I am convinced that we will come out with a black eye from this one," believes Rummenigge. The club's supervisory council approved a budget of 200 million euros for signings, but the virus forced it to be lowered considerably.

Nübel and Kouassi arrived for free, 45 kilos were invested for Sané. A side is sought, but not for more than 20 million. Austerity. That is the key to a club that, in its day, also understood that it had to reorganize its quarry. To do this, the Bundesliga champion built a training center that, little by little, is paying off. Musiala, a 17-year-old English pearl, scored the goal that closed the 8-0 match at the start of the Bundesliga against Schalke. Zirkzee, Singh, Batista-Meier and Dajaku are more products from a factory that already feeds the first team. And the second, who was proclaimed champion of the third division of the Bundesliga. There is a future.

"We want to set a cycle" were the words of Kimmich, the undisputed leader of this golden generation at the Allianz Arena. The secret is in their friendship. Players like Goretzka, Gnabry, Süle or Kimmich himself know each other from the lower ranks of the Mannschaft, where they began to share costumes and became friends. Each of them made their way to meet again at Bayern, where they express that trust and closeness on the pitch. Under Kovac's orders, when things were not going so well, there was talk of a locker room full of egos. Today there are "eleven bosses on the pitch", as Goretzka puts it. And they are here to stay.

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