FC Bayern Munich: Jupp Heynckes Returns for a Third Stint as Head Coach.
Before, I move on to the story that everyone wants to hear, I want to look back at the Freiburg game.
Freiburg 1-2 Bayern
Bayern was convincingly outplayed during some stages of the match. The defence absolutely lost control at times, but Bayern got on the score board early on. Franck Ribery swung the ball into the box from a free-kick and Mario Gomez got on the end of it, scoring with a brilliant header.
Bayern then somehow managed to survive Freiburg attacks at the back. Moments later, Thomas Kraft brought down Papiss Cisse in the box. Cisse's penalty was poor and Kraft saved it. The joy of the save was short lived as Danijel Pranjic and Co. went missing at the back a few minutes later, allowing Cisse to equalize.
In the second half, the pressure was on Bayern. Freiburg went ahead with their attacks and were unlucky not to score. With no Arjen Robben to call on after he was substituted due to injury, Bayern needed someone to rise to the occasion.
The much maligned Ribery did just that, and he scored a wonderful goal from the left wing in coincidentally the 88th minute of the match.
Freiburg will have a new coach next season as their head coach, Robin Dutt will be taking over at Leverkusen. This is because the current coach of Leverkusen, Jupp Heynckes, will be sitting at the dug-out at the Allianz Arena once again.
Is Jupp Heynckes the right man for Bayern?
Welcome Jupp Heynckes!
Heynckes will be head coach at Bayern for a third time. His first tenure from 1987 to 1991 saw Bayern win the Bundesliga twice. He took over from Juergen Klinsmann for the last 15 games of the 2008-09 campaign and led Bayern to four wins and a draw and thus qualification for the Champions League.
Heynckes' love for the club is evident by the fact that despite the fact that Leverkusen will qualify for the Champions League and Bayern might not, he is returning to the Allianz Arena.
Bayern confirmed that Heynckes will be given a two-year contract. He has a good relationship with Uli Hoeness. This will be very important as Hoeness rarely seems to share a healthy relationship with the coaches.
Heynckes' Leverkusen has played some eye-catching football this season. Under him, Leverkusen set the record last season for the longest unbeaten run in the Bundesliga at 24 matches.
Heynckes most notably led Real Madrid to the Champions League crown in 1998. His first season at Leverkusen saw Leverkusen finish fourth after a slide from the top in 2010. At the moment, Leverkusen sits comfortably in second spot, five points ahead of Hanover and seven ahead of Bayern.
Heynckes will have to bring in a few new defenders. Apparently, Bayern is looking at Gael Clichy of Arsenal, Fabio Coentrao of Benfica and Gary Cahill of Bolton Wanderers. Also, Manuel Neuer might be on his way following the departure of Felix Magath from Schalke.
Heynckes will have to play Bayern on 14th April at the Allianz Arena. He will undoubtedly get a wonderful reception at a club where he is highly regarded. Also, he will love to see Toni Kroos again. Kroos played his best football under Heynckes at Leverkusen and will undoubtedly be pleased to see the man called "Don Jupp" back at the club.
Bayern perhaps chose a safe option to achieve some stability at the club. While hiring both Juergen Klinsmann and Louis Van Gaal were seen as risks, the decision of the board to hire Heynckes won't be seen as a risk as he has had two previous successful stints at the club.
Heynckes likes a calm environment, and the number of dissatisfied players under him are few and far between.
So for now, Bayern will have to toil on with Van Gaal. They play Borussia Monchengladbach on April 2nd in their next Bundesliga match.
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