Bundesliga: Bayern Munich bring back Jupp Heynckes as coach

Jupp Heynckes is back for his fourth stint at Bayern Munich, coming out of retirement and returning until the end of the season. Heynckes led the Bavarians to their first European treble in 2012-13.

Jupp Heynckes has agreed to come out of retirement to take over Bayern Munich for a fourth spell in charge, the German champions confirmed on Friday.

Heynckes, who led Bayern to a historic treble in 2012-13 in his third spell in charge, has a signed a contract with the Bavarian club until June 2018. He will be joined in Munich by assistant Peter Hermann after second division side Fortuna Düsseldorf agreed to release their assistant coach.

"There is a great deal of trust between Jupp Heynckes and FC Bayern," said chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in an official statement. "We are extremely grateful to Jupp for agreeing to accept the role of head coach. He is the ideal coach for FC Bayern at this moment in time."

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: "Jupp Heynckes is a master of man-management and tactics. We are convinced that he is absolutely the right man to lead the team to success again in the current situation."

Heynckes himself, who retired after Bayern's 2013 treble win, said Bayern Munich have a "special place in my heart" and revealed he would not have come out of retirement for any other club.

München Abschlusspressekonferenz Jupp Heynckes

President Uli Hoeness (r) has got his man. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (l) is said to have favored Thomas Tuchel.

"My coaching team and I will now do everything we can to ensure that the team can provide the supporters with successful football. I can't wait to get started."

The 72-year-old will take charge of training on Monday and will take his place on the Bayern bench when the defending Bundesliga champions host Freiburg on October 14.

Read more: Heynckes' return means Bayern are still in limbo

German football reacts

Germany's legendary World Cup-winning captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer told Bild that he was "surprised that Jupp is taking this gamble" but "the more I think about it, the more I am pleased about his return."

Beckenbauer, who is currently Bayern's honorary president despite being embroiled in corruption allegations regarding the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany, added: "I believe he can handle the situation. One thing is clear – the team now have to show character and can't hide behind the coach any longer."

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Pokalfeier Borussia Dortmund Franz Beckenbauer und Jupp Heynckes

Der Kaiser: Beckenbauer (right) has welcomed the appointment of Heynckes (left)

Speaking in Belfast after Germany's 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Northern Ireland, national team coach Joachim Löw opined: "[Heynckes] is an incredibly experienced coach who has a great aura," before joking that "if he comes back any more times then he might end up being my successor!"

Defender Jerome Boateng, who was part of Heynckes' last Bayern team, said before confirmation of the appointment that there is "no better solution. He knows the club and the players inside out. He is a great coach with a great personal touch and lots of experience."

Interestingly, Boateng also added that Heynckes "will get on well with the bosses" – a veiled reference to Rummenigge and club president Uli Hoeness, who were split over the issue of Carlo Ancelotti's successor. While Rummenigge favored former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, Hoeness is said to have favored the option of a short-term appointment before making a move for highly rated Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann in the summer.

Tuchel himself took to Twitter to congratulate Heynckes, writing: "I wish you all the best, dear Jupp! #Legend" 

Hoffenheim deny Nagelsmann rumors

Hoffenheim's sporting director Alexander Rosen has dismissed any suggestion of Nagelsmann joining Bayern.

"There has been no approach from Bayern Munich," he told Hoffenheim's internal media channels. "They have not approached me, our board or [club patron] Dietmar Hopp. It is pure speculation which has been copied and distributed, but that does not make it a fact. It's simply not an issue for us."

Rosen also had warm words for Heynckes, saying: "The man is a living legend. One of the most successful coaches in the history of football."

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Flying high

Bayern Munich's players know who they have to thank after the 2013 German Cup final. Coach Jupp Heynckes led them to a 3-2 win over VfB Stuttgart to seal an historic treble.

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Mr. Treble

Nothing else left to win! Bayern Munich's 2013 treble was the greatest achievement in the club's illustrious history. Under Jupp Heynckes, they won the Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League.

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Retirement

One, two, three - and out! After winning the treble, the then 68-year-old Heynckes hung up his coaching boots. "I want to have some privacy for the time being," he said. "I want to enjoy my life and I don't intend to coach again."

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Goalscorer

In his 70s heyday, Heynckes (second from right) was one of Germany's most prolific strikers. His goals fired Borussia Mönchengladbach to four Bundesliga titles, the German Cup and the UEFA Cup. He won the Bundesliga golden boot twice.

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World and European champion

Heynckes had international success, too. He won the European Championship in 1972 followed by the World Cup in 1974 in West Germany.

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Coaching success

Heynckes took on his first coaching role with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1979 and took over at Bayern Munich for the first time in 1989, winning the Bundesliga in his first two seasons.

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Friendship

Heynckes was dismissed by Bayern in 1991, a decision which club president Uli Hoeness, then team manager, later called "the biggest mistake" of his career. Since then, the two men have been bound by a deep friendship and Heynckes has responded to Hoeness' call on more than one occasion.

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Fired as a champion

Heynckes won his first international title as a coach with Real Madrid in 1998 when he led the Spanish giants to Champions Leagie glory, beating Juventus 1-0 in the final. Despite the triumph, "Donn Jupp" was still sacked.

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European champion again

After a short spell as caretaker coach in 2009 between Jürgen Klinsmann and Louis van Gaal, Heynckes took over Bayern Munich again on a permament basis in 2011. Two years later, he lifted the Champions League trophy for a second time after his team beat Borussia Dortmund in an all-German final at Wembley.

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Over 1,000 Bundesliga matches

Heynckes has experienced more Bavarian beer showers than most - here being soaked by Anatoli Timoschtschuk. In Bayern's all-conquering treble season in 2012/13, he broke the magic 1,000 mark for Bundesliga appearances as both player and coach.

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FIFA World Coach of the Year

After winning the treble with Bayern and going into retirement (temporarily, as it's turned out!), Heynckes was crowned FIFA World Coach of the Year 2013. And you'd be hard pressed to find someone who thought it wasn't well deserved.