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Hansi Flick’s final months and departure from Bayern Munich through the eyes of documentary director Simon Verhoeven

Simon Verhoeven talks about the change of environment at Bayern as Hansi Flick passed the baton to Julian Nagelsmann.

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The newly released Amazon Prime documentary “FC Bayern: Behind the Legends” includes exclusive clips of the Bayern Munich managerial office and dressing room. It provides glimpses of sextuple-winning coach Hansi Flick’s last few months at the club.

Speaking with Sport1, the director Simon Verhoeven discussed Flick’s initial hesitance to let the documentary crew into the team’s dressing room before eventually opening the doors for them.

He said, “Flick said to Nepomuk and me: “You’re not coming into the dressing room.” But at some point, he realized that we are not these investigative journalists or tabloid photographers who are annoying all the time and looking for headlines, but that we also come from football and are seriously interested in the people, the team, and the work of his team. Then he started to trust us.”

“In fact, just before his farewell speech, he made Nepomuk understand that something important was going to happen today. That’s why we were able to capture the scene perfectly. During his speech, Hansi was very emotional, just like the players. It was an absolute goosebump moment”, Verhoeven further explained how the current Die Mannschaft manager gradually developed a good work-space camaraderie with the crew.

How much did Flick’s sudden announcement of departure affect the players? How welcoming were they when Nagelsmann took over? Verhoeven gives us first-hand insight into the dressing room environment after Flick stepped down as the head coach.

“No, [the players] haven’t talked much about Nagelsmann. Flick’s departure was the big topic at first, there was a lot of pain. But when Nagelsmann came, the mood changed. You could feel a kind of awakening. The players quickly believed in him and his vision, you could tell”, said the director.