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Former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick talks childhood admiration for Gerd Müller

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Hansi Flick loved watching the goal-scoring feats of Gerd Müller and Jupp Heynckes as a youngster.

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Former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick had a historic run at the helm of the Bavarian club and during his last game he witnessed Robert Lewandowski break Gerd Müller’s Bundesliga goal scoring record.

For Flick, he was excited to Lewandowski achieve such a monumental feat, but also thought back to his own childhood and admiring “Der Bomber” and his unbelievable ability to score.

“I grew up with Gerd Müller, his style of play and his goals were very special to me. What I found most exciting as a child were the long duels with Jupp Heynckes for the goal scoring crown,” Flick told “51” magazine. “My brother was a Gladbach fan, and I was rooting for Bayern - so we were in constant competition at home: my brother was always Jupp Heynckes on the soccer field, and I was Gerd Müller.”

FC Bayern Muenchen v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga
Hansi Flick had a legendary run as manager at Bayern Munich.
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Unlike many kids who grew up to idolize an athlete, Flick actually got to eventually compete with Müller — just not on the soccer pitch.

“Many years later, I was even allowed to compete with Gerd myself. As a young professional in Munich, I often played tennis against him. I gave it my all, but every time I was completely without a chance against him,” Flick said.

The childhood memories of his Bayern Munich fandom, of course, eventually saw him become one of the club’s all-time successful coached. Now, as he moves on to lead the German national team, Flick left no doubt about how the club has affected him.

“This club will be very special to me. For example, after our championship, Kalle Rummenigge came to my coaching office with two glasses of champagne to toast, which I thought was a great gesture,” Flick said. “I had the best time here as a player and was able to celebrate great successes as a coach. FC Bayern is my club.”