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Niko Kovač wins first Bundesliga title as a coach with Bayern Munich

Niko Kovač (Photo credit: HNS)

MUNICH, 18 May 2019 – Former Croatia international and manager, Niko Kovač, has won his first Bundesliga title on Saturday with Bayern Munich in his first season at the club.

Bayern were two points clear of Borussia Dortmund going into the final day of the season today and made no mistake wrapping up thier 28th title, doing it in style with a comfortable 5-1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt in front of their home fans at the Allianz Arena. 

Kovac joined Bayern from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer so it seemed fitting that it would be against his former club that he would claim his first title. 

Goals to Coman, Alaba, Sanches, Ribery and Robben gave Bayern the title. Croatia international Ante Rebić played for Eintracht Frankfurt. 

Kovač, and brother Robert who is his assistant, now has the chance of doing the German domestic double this season. Bayern will face RB Leipzig in the DFB Pokal final on 25 May.

Robert and Niko Kovač during their days with Croatia (Photo credit: HNS)

The former midfielder succeed Jupp Heynckes after after fantastic season with Frankfurt which led him to win the Bild Sports Awards ‘Coach of the Year’ award. The 47-year-old year led Frankfurt to the German Cup title with a sensational victory in the final over Bayern Munich. 

Kovač is just the fourth former player to manage Bayern Munich after Søren Lerby, Franz Beckenbauer and Jürgen Klinsmann and is just the third Croat after Zlatko Čajkovski and Branko Zebec. His only title before today with as a coach with Bayern is the 2018 DFB Supercup. He alrady won the Bundesliga as a player with Bayern Munich. 

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