Bayern Munich confirm Kovac will replace Heynckes

Bayern Munich confirm Kovac will replace Heynckes

The Champions League semifinalists brought Heynckes, who led the club to European triumph in 2013, back from retirement midseason after sacking Carlo Ancelotti.

Kovac was born and grew up in the working class Berlin suburb of Wedding, the son of a carpenter and a cleaner.

Niko Kovac will be Bayern Munich's new head coach, replacing Jupp Heyncke who is leaving at the end of the season.

Sandro Wagner netted twice as treble-chasing Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich ran riot in a 5-1 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday (Apr 14). The club ended the campaign in 16th, and just avoided the dreaded drop after edging out 1.FC Nurnberg in a relegation play-off, while they then came 11th in his first full season. And next season, Eintracht Frankfurt's current manager-Niko Kovač-is going to be the man to take charge.

The Reds men are the only unbeaten team in the competition despite playing the most games, 12, after coming through the playoff round in August.

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has tipped Germany to defend their FIFA World Cup title this summer, and expects teammate James Rodriguez's Colombia to also flourish.

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Kovac has overseen the most global dressing room in the Bundesliga, with 18 different nationalities represented at the club. "But different cultures mean different influences and different ways of thinking".

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At a news conference later Friday, the older Kovac said he had mixed feelings about leaving Frankfurt, but "not many coaches, not many players" get an opportunity at Bayern.

"We were raised as Christians and religion plays an important role for us", he revealed. You need time and patience to grow.

Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said despite losing to Real in the 2017 quarter-finals, they held no fear for the Bavarians.

Real are bidding for a record-extending 13th European Cup and third in a row, while five-time champions Bayern were the last side to lift the trophy three years on the spin 42 years ago. With AP Photos.Bayern Munich has hired Niko Kovac as coach starting next season. Lewandowski put Bayern ahead from the spot early in the second half, but after Ronaldo equalised, Sergio Ramos put through his own net to restore parity in the tie. With Real looking vulnerable despite Ronaldo's extraordinary performances, Bayern has a chance to provide their coach with the flawless send-off - and even provide a little bit more romance.