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Germany: Bayern takes the Vincent Kompany bet for the reconquest mission

After a chaotic search, Bayern have finally found their goal. his new coach, the Belgian Vincent Kompany, 38 years old, who is entrusted with the dual mission of reconquering the national title and aiming for the Champions League final at home. residence.

Former Belgian international defender, Vincent Kompany has signed a three-season contract until June 30, 2027 with Bayern Munich, a club where over the last two decades only the Spaniard Pep Guardiola has stayed for three full seasons (2013/16) on the bench.

“I can't wait to tackle the most basic things: working with the players, building a team. If the foundations are good, success will follow,” he said in a statement released by the club. He will be officially presented to the press on Thursday.

Past by Hamburg at the start of his playing career from 2006 to 2008, Kompany speaks perfect German, which has often been a decisive criterion in the choice of Munich leaders.

Quadruple English champion under the colors of Manchester City (in 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2019), where he played from 2008 to 2019 and was captain from 2013, Kompany very quickly switched to a coaching career in his training Belgian club, Anderlecht, even donning the double role of coach-player in 2019/20.

– The influence of Guardiola

With the Citizens, he learned as a player from the best coaches, Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola.

“Vinny, I have the feeling that sooner or later he will come here. I don't know when, but he will come. He has the right tools. He is already a great manager, look what he achieved last season with Burnley”, Guardiola said at the end of January, after City's victory against Burnley in the Premier League, in some way inducting him as his successor.

A according to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, former vice-president then chairman of the board of directors of Bayern and current member of the Supervisory Board, Guardiola also played a role in Munich's choice of Kompany.

“He influenced me a lot because he was the one who broke down the game so much that I was able to understand it completely. With his absolute clarity, he was the trigger for me to understand the football in my way”, Kompany explained.

After his time on the Anderlecht bench, Kompany returned to English stadiums in the summer of 2022, at the helm of Burnley, with whom he topped the Championship (the 2nd division) last season, however failing to keep the club in the Premier League this season.

– Parallel with a leading club in the Bundesliga: the parallels with the career of Xabi Alonso, who became Leverkusen coach in the fall of 2022 and champion this season, are numerous, even if the pressure promises to be much greater for the Belgian on Säbener Strasse, the headquarters of Bayern.

His mission at Bayern (six-time winner of the Champions League) promises to be perilous, while the Munich residents experience in 2024 their first year since 2011 without winning a single trophy (3rd in the Bundesliga, eliminations in the round of 16 of the Cup and in the semi-finals of the Champions League).

End of February , its leaders had decided to part ways with Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season, and therefore to reduce by twelve months the contract of the technician who arrived at the end of March 2023.

The club suffered several setbacks in its quest for a successor, between Xabi Alonso who preferred to stay at Leverkusen, Julian Nagelsmann who extended his lease at the head of the German selection until the 2026 World Cup, and Ralf Rangnick, who decided to concentrate on his task as coach of Austria until 2026.

Faced with these multiple failures, Bayern had discussed with Tuchel, but both parties failed to reach an agreement to continue the adventure together.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116