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DFB executives react to the hiring of former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick

Everyone loved Hansi.

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Former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick was introduced as Germany’s new head coach earlier today and the reaction from the DFB executives was exactly what you would expect from an organization that has been embattled and seemingly always mixed up in one controversy or another of late.

“During his time at Bayern München, he proved that he’s capable of leading a team as a head coach. We quickly agreed on working together and the upcoming tasks. It was important for me that we have that clarity ahead of the EUROs. We have one major common goal, which is to return to the top of the world rankings,” said Oliver Bierhoff, DFB director of national teams and the academy, was in charge of leading the discussions with Flick (per the DFB). “As the association’s sporting figurehead, Hansi will not only be involved in the sporting management of the senior national side, but also in many other projects and initiatives of our directorates, which include all national teams, coaching education and the DFB Academy.”

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Hansi Flick is Germany’s new boss.
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DFB vice president Peter Peters was also happy to have Flick aboard.

“It’s wonderful that Hansi Flick is returning to the DFB as head coach,” Peter said. “Since his highly successful time here, he has continued to develop extraordinarily as both a person and a coach, as shown by his fantastic success with FC Bayern.”

DFB first vice president of amateur football Dr. Rainer Koch knows the DFB got the right man for the job.

“We thank FC Bayern and their management, who have been very cooperative in and supportive in paving the path for Hansi Flick to take up the position of national team head coach,” said Koch.

Treasurer Dr. Stephan Osnabrügge credited Bierhoff with getting a deal done without drawing major attention to the process.

“Oliver Bierhoff conducted the discussions discretely and purposefully on behalf of the executive committee, who were kept informed about the current status at all times,” said Osnabrügge. “It’s good that we have clarity early on and can now concentrate fully on the upcoming tournament.”

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