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Julian Nagelsmann Set For Germany


Former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann is expected to be appointed as the new Germany manager ahead of the Germans hosting the UEFA European Championships next summer.

The contract is anticipated to be a short-term deal, covering until the end of the tournament next year and also now takes him off what was effectively gardening leave from Bayern Munich.

Germany sacked previous head coach Hansi Flick last weekend after Die Mannschaft were beaten by four goals to one at home to Japan. It followed a string of poor results and unconvincing performances, stretching back to before the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar last winter.

Since reaching the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2016, which was two years after Germany became four-time world champions, they have suffered some ignominious exits from tournaments. A group stage exit at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was followed by Round of 16 elimination to England at UEFA Euro 2020 and then another group stage exit in Qatar last year.

Prior to their friendly win against France in the aftermath of Flick’s dismissal, Germany had managed just four victories in their previous 17 matches with those four wins coming against Italy, Oman, Costa Rica and Peru.

UEFA Euro 2024 is the first tournament held in the country since they reached the semi-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, losing to Italy after extra-time. That as the first tournament of their footballing reboot and it could well be that 2023 is the beginning of another German revolution.

Nagelsmann began his managerial career at the age of just 29. He led Hoffenheim into the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever before moving to RB Leipzig in 2019, reaching a UEFA Champions League semi-final with them.

After less than two seasons as Bayern boss, he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel in March, despite having reached the quarter-finals and being below Borussia Dortmund on goal difference in the Bundesliga table.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.


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