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Former Croatia Coach Niko Kovac Named Bayern Munich Manager

Niko Kovac (HNS)

Former Croatia captain and coach has been named new manager of German champions Bayern Munich.

Kovac (46), who has impressed this season at Eintracht Frankfurt, will take over from Jupp Heynckes (72), who stepped out of retirement last year. The club issued a press release on Friday.

Niko Kovač will be the new FC Bayern München head coach from the start of the 2018/19 season. The German record champions and the 46-year-old have agreed a three-year contract from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021. His brother Robert Kovač (44) will join Niko Kovač, who is currently Eintracht Frankfurt head coach, as assistant.

“We’re very delighted we’ve secured the services of Niko Kovač as new FC Bayern head coach,” said sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić. “Niko played for Bayern, he knows the people in charge and the club’s structures and DNA. We’re convinced he’s the right coach for the future of FC Bayern.”

Robert and Niko at the 2014 World Cup (HNS)

The former Croatia international and Croatia head coach contested 34 Bundesliga matches for FC Bayern from 2001 to 2003, scoring three goals. He and his brother Robert won the Intercontinental Cup in 2001 and the German championship in 2002 with FC Bayern.

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