Germany made a significant move by hiring Julian Nagelsmann as National Team Coach, assigning him the task of leading the men’s national soccer team. Nagelsmann, the former Bayern Munich coach, will take on this pivotal role with high expectations. The German soccer federation has brought him in on a short-term contract, which will extend through the upcoming European Championship, set to be hosted by Germany.
With an air of excitement, Nagelsmann acknowledged the unique opportunity before him, stating, “We have a European Championship in our own country. This is something special, something that only happens every few decades.” He emphasized the priority of having a successful tournament in their home country and expressed his enthusiasm for the challenge, affirming, “We will be a close-knit bunch next year.”
At the age of 36, Julian Nagelsmann as National Team Coach
since Otto Nerz in 1926, who was appointed at the age of 34. His appointment marks a significant generational shift in the leadership of the national team.
Nagelsmann’s appointment comes as a response to the departure of Hansi Flick, the first coach in German soccer history to be dismissed from the role. Flick’s removal was prompted by a string of disappointing results, including a 4-1 loss to Japan, which extended the team’s losing streak to three games and its winless run to five.
Notably, Nagelsmann had previously taken over from Hansi Flick when he assumed the role of Bayern Munich’s coach in 2021. Under his leadership, Bayern secured another Bundesliga title, extending their streak to ten consecutive championships. However, concerns regarding squad management led to Nagelsmann’s dismissal by Bayern Munich in March.
Germany’s national team will face upcoming friendly matches against the United States and Mexico, followed by Euro 2024 preparations against Austria in Vienna on November 21.
It is worth mentioning that Nagelsmann’s initial salary demands had reportedly posed a challenge for the German federation, as he still had a five-year contract with Bayern Munich, despite no longer serving as their coach. Kicker magazine had previously highlighted the financial aspects of his transition from Bayern to the national team coaching role