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Updated on May 14th 2024, 3:24:34 pm

Top 5 Greatest coaches in Bayern Munich history

Discover the top 5 coaches who shaped Bayern Munich's legacy! From Dettmar Cramer's European Cup wins to Hansi Flick's historic treble, relive the golden eras led by these legendary managers.

Bayern's decision to sack Julian Nagelsmann and bring in Thomas Tuchel was one of the most shocking decisions ever taken by the Bayern board. While a certain section felt it was too harsh to sack Nagelsmann, others were of the opinion that signing Tuchel was too good of an opportunity to pass, even if it meant they should sack their current manager. The events that followed have been nothing short of a disaster, with Tuchel's Bayern knocked out of the DFB-Pokal, Champions League, and lose out the Bundesliga title after a decade of dominance. Bayern fans can only hope that Tuchel will get to turn things around from next season. Despite all of this mess, Bayern have always been a side that has been coached by some of the greatest managers in the world throughout its history. 

In this article, we will be looking at the top 5 coaches in Bayern history (not in any particular order):

Dettmar Cramer

Dettmar Cramer had quite a unique stint at Bayern Munich. He only spent 2 years in the club as their manager, and yet ended up winning the European Cup for 2 consecutive seasons. This would obviously beg the question of why the manager left so early from the club. Despite his immense success in Europe, Cramer failed to replicate any success at the domestic level. He was unable to win any domestic title with Bayern, and this was ultimately the reason why he had to leave the Bavarians so early.

Hansi Flick

Hansi Flick's stint at Bayern was a rare case where the manager arrived and left the club as a hero, as he wanted to leave the Bayern job to coach the German National team and hence resigned from his role rather than getting sacked. Flick was a former player of Bayern who enjoyed immense success with them, and the success story continued in the form of club manager during his 2 years at the club. He had a historic 2019–20 season with the club, having achieved their second treble in history. Flick went on to later achieve a sextuple with Bayern as well, and would've surely been higher in this list if he stayed longer in the club.

Udo Lattek

Similar to current Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel, Udo Lattek is yet another manager that has coached both the Bavarian and their rivals Dortmund. Lattek had also managed Borussia Mönchengladbach, with whom he managed to create history by winning the Bundesliga twice and the 1978-79 UEFA Cup. Coming to his tenure as Bayern manager, Lattek had 2 separate successful stints with the club which saw him win a total of 6 Bundesliga titles and 3 DFB-Pokal cups. His first managerial stint with the club was undoubtedly more special and successful, as they had also won the 1973-74 European Cup under him.

Ottmar Hitzfeld

We have yet another coach who has coached both Dortmund and Bayern in the form of Ottmar Hitzfeld. What makes him special from others who've managed both clubs is that he was able to win the Bundesliga and Champions League with Dortmund and Bayern, which is a feat that might never be repeated again in the history of football. Hitzfeld has 2 separate stints with Bayern as well, and was highly successful in both his tenures with the club. He went on to win 5 Bundesliga titles, 3 DFB-Pokal cups, 4 DFB-Ligapokal, and a Champions League title as well with the Bavarians.

Jupp Heynckes

Arguably the greatest ever manager in Bayern history. Jupp Heynckes had coached the Bavarians on 4 different occasions, and was always there for the club when they needed him. His greatest achievement with Bayern was undoubtedly in the 2012-2013 season, where they went on to achieve the first ever treble in the club's history. They also won the Champions League final that season by beating rivals Borussia Dortmund, which made the victory even sweeter for the Bavarians. He is one of the greatest ever managers in the history of football, and has even won a European title in every single club that he has coached.