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Official: Vincent Kompany named new Bayern Munich coach

Official: Vincent Kompany named new Bayern Munich coach

Xabi Alonso, Hansi Flick, Julian Nagelsmann, Rúben Amorim, Ralf Rangnick… The list of candidates to fill the Allianz Arena dugout after the announcement of Thomas Tuchel’s departure at the end of the season was long, but in the end, one of the most unexpected candidates, Vincent Kompany (38), will take over.

The legendary center-back and captain of Manchester City, among other teams, will coach one of Europe’s greats after a disappointing last season at Burnley, a club he began to manage in the summer of 2022. After a promotion to the Premier League and the recent relegation to the Championship, Bayern will pay 10.5 million euros to the English club to bring him to the Bundesliga.

Kompany, who signs for three seasons (until 2027), will face his first major experience as a coach after learning at Anderlecht in Belgium and developing at Turf Moor, where he had a contract until 2028. He hung up his boots in the summer of 2020 after a historic career as a professional footballer and made the leap to the coaching bench at Anderlecht itself, where he was player-manager for a few games in his last season, and where he later took over as head coach.

Promotion and relegation with Burnley

Then, Burnley entrusted him with their project in 2022, and he returned the “Clarets” to the Premier League in his first year in England. Unfortunately, the 2023-24 season did not end as he had hoped. However, despite having much less experience than his “competitors” for the position, his performance convinced a Max Eberl who did not hesitate to bet heavily on him.

Burnley, second-to-last in the Premier League with only 24 points in 38 games, was asking Bayern 20 million euros to acquire the services of their coach, but they finally agreed to pay 10.5 million euros, a considerable amount for a “rookie” on the bench.

READ MORE: Burnley demands €23 million from Bayern for Kompany as Belgian’s staff takes shape

Kompany’s first words

After his arrival at the Bavarian club was made official, the Bayern website has collected the first impressions of the Belgian coach: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of FC Bayern. It’s a great honor to be able to work at this club: FC Bayern is an institution in international football. As a coach, you have to defend who you are as a personality: I love to have the ball, to be creative, and we also have to be aggressive on the pitch and brave. Now I’m looking forward to doing very basic things: working with the players, forming a team. When the foundations are laid, success will come,” he said.

Pep Guardiola, who coached Bayern from 2013 to 2016 and coached Kompany in his early years at Manchester, clearly believes in his abilities. “I have a good opinion of his work. I like him as a person, his personality, his knowledge of the game, his way of dealing with the media… I would love to see him at Bayern,” he said. Will Bayern’s gamble pay off?

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