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Germany’s Hansi Flick era has begun - how he is doing things differently

Finally it looks like the German national team might start to rebuild their own identity.

Training national team before the World Cup qualifier Photo by Marcus Brandt/picture alliance via Getty Images

The Hansi Flick era for Germany started off in success. The Germans finished off the first international break under their new manager with all nine points and a 12-0 goal difference in those three games. Hansi Flick has ushered in a new era and identity for this national team.

It seems as though already, Hansi Flick has a clearer vision for Die Mannschaft in contrast to Joachim Löw’s Germany in recent years which has lacked a clear identity. Flick is in high spirits and is optimistic for the Germans.

Hansi Flick maintains personal connections with club managers such as Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea FC), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), and Mauricio Pochettino (PSG). Since Flick has coached in the Bundesliga as well, he is familiar with those managers as well. Flick has actually said that he wants the Bundesliga coaches to contribute with suggestions.

Even the Arminia Bielefeld manager Frank Kramer was encouraged by Flick to make suggestions, even though Bielefeld isn’t providing any German national players. It is clear to everyone that Flick is trying to create a new culture here. He wants the national team to be communicative, cooperative, and collective. Taking a ‘holistic approach’, Flick wants German football to include everyone and be a part of a collective mission for the nation. In this approach, everyone may feel responsible for the success that this team earns.

“We can’t point to each other, here the clubs, there the DFB and vice versa. We have to talk to each other,” said Flick to kicker about his new approach to the national team position.

With just 13 months to go before the FIFA 2022 World Cup, Flick has a short window to prepare this team and implement this culture. Expectations for Germany will be high after disappointment in the last couple of tournaments. However, if anyone can do it, Hansi can.

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