Barcelona Appoint Hansi Flick As New Head Coach

Barcelona Appoint Hansi Flick As New Head Coach

Barcelona have appointed former Bayern Munich boss, Hansi Flick, as their new boss on a two-year contract.

Flick, who was earlier sacked by Germany in September 2023, takes over from Xavi, who was sacked last week.

Flick’s stint with Germany came after he guided Bayern Munich to a treble in 2020, winning the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League.

Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski, 35, played under Flick at the Allianz Arena for two seasons.

Flick’s Bayern Munich completed the treble in 2020 by winning the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League.

In a statement on Wednesday, Barcelona said it had “chosen a man well known for his teams’ high pressing, intense and daring style of play which has brought him great success at club level and international level, winning pretty much all there is to win in the world of football.”

Flick has been out of work since he was sacked by Germany eight months ago.

Hansi Flick returns a changed man. A hip replacement has left him pain-free following years of discomfort and lack of sleep.

His renewed fitness has allowed him to touch base again with his oldest friends including Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and his former colleague Danny Rohl, who has turned things around at Sheffield Wednesday, plus Roberto de Zerbi at Brighton.

While Guardiola and De Zerbi are fixated with possession of the ball and controlling the game, Flick’s ideas are more concerned with mixing a direct approach with possession.

As a coach, despite living through an era that is becoming more and more driven by data, Flick strongly believes in trusting his instincts, something that shone when his Bayern Munich side won the Champions League in 2020.

It won’t be a problem for him to settle in Spain because he has, for the past 15 or so years, enjoyed holidaying on the small Spanish island Formentera.

While Flick is not currently fluent in Spanish, it would not take him too long to master the language.

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