Ex-Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has been introduced as the new head coach of the Germany national team. Nagelsmann will succeed Hansi Flick, who was fired earlier this month after a disappointing stretch that saw Germany lose four of their last five matches.
Nagelsmann has signed a deal that runs until the end of 2024 EURO, which is being hosted by Germany.
“The target is next summer and the Euros, that is a great challenge for me,” Nagelsmann said during this introductory press conference. “We take it on with a lot of responsibility. A whole nation behind us, and we want to excite them with great football.”
German Football Federation (DFB) hired Flick, another former Bayern manager, with hopes he’ll improve the team’s performances after a disappointing outing at the 2020 EURO. However, Flick struggled to make a significant impact, managing only 12 out of 25 matches in charge and failing to lead Germany past the group stage at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He became the first head coach in Germany’s national football team history to be fired.
Nagelsmann is considered one of the most talented young managers in the game. After impressive stints with TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, he took over Bayern in 2021 and led them to a Bundesliga title in his first season. He was fired midway through the 2022-23 season following unconvincing performances in the domestic league. The 36-year-old was linked with Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain this summer but ended up missing out on both jobs.