Julian Nagelsmann was appointed as the new coach of the German national soccer team.
The German Football Association (DFB) said on its official website on the 22nd (Korean time), “Coach Nagelsmann will lead the adult men’s national team as the national team coach until the UEFA Euro 2024 competition to be held in Germany next year. “A contract has been signed until July 31, 2024,” the company officially announced.
“We will be a close-knit group,” Nagelsmann said. “It is special to have the European Championship in my country. I have a great desire to win.”
Coach Nagelsmann is a rising ‘young master’ in Europe. Although his playing career was short, he started his career as a coach early on, playing for Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig. In the 2021-22 season, he started leading Bayern Munich. He did not achieve good results, was embroiled in rumors of discord with some players, and was eventually fired midway through last season. He was subsequently linked with several clubs including Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur over the summer, but there were no further negotiations.
Germany recently dismissed coach Hansi Flick. Coach Flick had a good run in the early days of his tenure. He won every game in his first eight games and cruised to only one loss in 16 games. Last year, at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, they suffered the humiliation of being eliminated from the group stage for two consecutive tournaments with 1 win, 1 draw, and 1 loss, but the German Football Association (DFB) continued to accompany Flick.스포츠토토
However, Germany continued to perform poorly. Of the six friendly matches played this year, only one win was achieved against Peru. In the five games that followed, Coach Flick achieved disastrous results of 1 draw and 4 losses.
The match against Japan, which they met again after the World Cup, was decisive. On the 10th, Germany sought revenge against Japan, who had lost in the World Cup, but the result was even more disastrous. The game ended 1-4, and even though it was a friendly match held at home, Germany lost to Japan for the second time in a row by a larger score than the previous match.
There was tremendous criticism locally. Coach Flick didn’t seem to care much, but the DFB eventually announced Coach Flick’s dismissal. It was the first time this had happened in the 123-year history of German soccer. Afterwards, Germany, who met France without a coach, turned things around by winning 2-1.
Several candidates were considered as his successor as director. Miroslav Klose, Van Hal, Zinedine Zidane, etc. were mentioned, and even Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp and Korean national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann were mentioned. Among these, Julian Nagelsmann emerged as the strongest candidate.
Several media outlets have already predicted that Nagelsmann will be the new head coach of the German national team. Germany’s Sport reported on the 19th, “DFB Chairman Bernd Neuendorf confirmed that he met coach Nagelsmann in person.” Germany’s Bild also announced on the 20th, “We have found a replacement for Coach Flick. The German Football Association (DFB) and Coach Nagelsmann have signed an agreement in principle to lead the team until the Euro 2024 finals.
Nagelsmann is currently receiving the remaining salary of his contract in Munich, but this will not be a major problem in the selection of the national team coach. Munich has expressed its intention to resolve the details of coach Nagelsmann’s contract if he is appointed to the German national team.
Germany, led by Nagelsmann, will meet the United States and Mexico on October 15 and 18, respectively. Afterwards, there will be a friendly match against Austria on November 21 before the start of Euro 2024.