Julian Nagelsmann has been appointed as the new national team coach of Germany, with the task of reviving the team before they host Euro 2024. The German Football Association is concerned about the team's recent struggles and hopes for a better performance in the upcoming European championships as hosts.
Nagelsmann, the former Bayern Munich manager, has agreed to a contract that will run until the end of July next year, giving him the option to leave after Euro 2024.
“We have a European Championship in our own country — that’s something special,” Nagelsmann said in a statement.
“I have a great desire to take on this challenge.”
Flick, the first coach in Germany's history to be sacked, only managed to win four out of 17 matches before his dismissal. The team's performance under his leadership resulted in a disappointing group-stage exit at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
DFB president Bernd Neuendorf called Nagelsmann “an outstanding coach” and said: “We are convinced (he) will ensure that the national team inspires its fans and that the Euros are also a sporting success.”
Flick was let go following a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Japan in a friendly match in Wolfsburg. Nagelsmann, who took over as Bayern coach after Flick, has been without a job since being sacked by the German champions in March.
Benjamin Glueck and Sandro Wagner have been appointed as Nagelsmann’s assistants.
Nagelsmann gained recognition as a rising star due to his impressive stints at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig. He was even rumored to be a potential candidate for top clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Paris Saint-Germain. Voeller temporarily took charge for Germany's 2-1 victory over France in Dortmund but emphasized his focus on finding a permanent successor.
Germany's upcoming schedule includes a trip to the United States in October, where they will play friendly matches against the USA and Mexico.