Thrice is nice: No stopping this German juggernaut
Treble-winning trainer Jupp Heynckes has said he will reveal his future plans on Tuesday having finished his two-year tenure by coaching the most successful side in Bayern Munich’s history. Bayern join elite groupfootball Updated: Jun 03, 2013 13:12 IST
Treble-winning trainer Jupp Heynckes has said he will reveal his future plans on Tuesday having finished his two-year tenure by coaching the most successful side in Bayern Munich’s history.
Bayern’s 3-2 victory over VfB Stuttgart in Saturday’s German Cup final completed the set, after winning both the Champions League and Bundesliga, to become Germany’s first team to land the treble.Ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola will take charge on June 26 as Heynckes ends his third stint as Bayern coach.
Bayern claimed their 16th German Cup crown thanks to two Mario Gomez goals and Thomas Mueller’s first-half penalty as Bayern cruised to a 3-0 lead before Stuttgart fought back.
A bullet header on 71 minutes, then a well-placed shot 10 minutes from time, both from Austria’s Martin Harnik, ensured a nervous finale as Bayern weathered Stuttgart’s late onslaught
The 68-year-old Heynckes reneged on his pre-match promise to reveal his future, preferring to explain his plans at Bayern’s Saebener Strasse training centre rather than Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.
“I’ll give a press conference at Saebener Strasse, so I can say goodbye to the Munich journalists I know and I will say then whether I will continue or not,” said an emotional Heynckes.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has already told Heynckes he has ‘Carte Blanche’ and can pick his future role at the Bavarian giants after winning the Bundesliga by a record 25-point margin.
Heynckes has said he is too old to coach overseas and having broken or equalled 25 Bundesliga records, he has insisted he has no desire to coach another German league side after Bayern.
He has been linked to a return to Real Madrid, who he coached to the 1998 Champions League title at the end of his single season as coach, but Heynckes leaves Bayern in the rudest of health.
“This is an emotional moment, the team has given me the most amazing gift,” added Heynckes.
Heynckes admitted Guardiola will be hard pushed to better Bayern’s achievements this season having dropped just 11 league points and lost only three games in all competitions.
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“In 1990, I stood here on the balcony and rather rashly promised the European Cup,” Heynckes said of his first stint at the club. “I’d like to deliver on that promise today. Here is the European Cup of national champions, the Champions League.”
First Published: Jun 03, 2013 02:10 IST