Barcelona is banking on the ambitious Flick: “I want to win more titles with attacking football”

Hans-Dieter Flick he is the new coach of Barcelona. After days of waiting the news is finally official: the German coach has signed a contract until 30 June 2026. Here is the press release: “Barcelona and Hansi Flick have reached an agreement for the German to become the coach of the men’s first team until to 30 June 2026. The new coach signed a contract at the Club’s headquarters accompanied by the president Joan Laporta, the first vice president in charge of the sports area, Rafa Yuste and the Club’s sporting director, Anderson Luís de Souza, Deco”.

The note published by the Catalan club also contains Flick’s first statements as the new Blaugrana coach: “This club is incredible. The hours I spend here in Barcelona are fantastic because everyone here in the club loves this club and tries to give their best to be successful. The philosophy they have is similar to mine: ball possession and really attacking football, these are the things I love. I won some titles with Bayern Munich and my hunger for titles is really great. I would like to continue on this path with Barcelona and I think that together we can achieve a lot.”

This is how Barcelona presents it.
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1965, Flick began his coaching career in 1996 as player-coach of FC Victoria Bammental. In 2000 he moved to Hoffenheim, where he remained for five seasons before moving to Salzburg to join the coaching staff of Giovanni Trapattoni and Lothar Matthäus.

In August 2006 Flick became assistant coach to Jürgen Löw in the German national team following the resignation of Jürgen Klinsmann. Löw and Flick led Germany through a rebuilding phase and then to the final of the European Championships in 2008. In 2010 the team reached the semi-final of the World Cup, before being crowned World Champions in 2014 in Brazil.

After that success, Flick resigned as assistant coach of the “Mannschaft” and accepted a job as sporting director at the German Football Association (DFB) before returning to Hoffenheim in 2017 as sporting director. In the summer of 2019 Flick arrived at Bayern Munich as Nico Kovac’s assistant. The Bavarian club fired the Croatian coach after a few months and Flick was promoted to first team coach, a decision that would change the course of the club’s history: he achieved 22 victories in his first 25 matches in charge, surpassing Josep’s 21 victories Guardiola in the first 25 games.

The season ended with a historic hat-trick. We remember Barça’s painful 8-2 defeat in the Champions League against Flick’s team. After winning the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League, Bayern also won the German Super Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup, repeating the feat achieved by Pep Guardiola’s Barça in 2009.”