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Eintracht Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac will become the next coach of Bayern Munich

"We're very delighted we've secured the services of Niko Kovač as new FC Bayern head coach", said sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić.

Croatian Niko Kovac will take over as Bayern Munich coach next season, succeeding Jupp Heynckes who is leaving at the end of the season, the German champions said on Friday.

Cut to a week later and Kovac is announced by the Bundesliga champions as starting on July 1st at the club.

During a brief stint on Bayern's playing staff, the former defensive midfielder won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double in the 2002-03 season.

Heynckes was only tempted out of retirement in order to help Bayern after they sacked Carlo Ancelotti last October.

Kovac will be assisted by his brother Robert, who fulfils a similar role at Eintracht. "We are going into many important games. But what do you want, that is how Bayern work, only thinking about themselves". Kovac had a deal through June 2019 with his current club.

DW profiles the Berlin-born Croat to see what Bayern can expect from their new coach.

Bayern did not reveal the cost of poaching Kovac, but both Bild and Sport Bild claimed that his departure before the end of his Frankfurt contract in 2019 would cost Bayern 2.2 million euros (S$3.6 million).

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"We are meeting the victor of the last two years", Rummenigge said.

'The speed [of the transaction] surprised us very much. "I believe Bayern have made a good choice".

"There was no contact between the clubs", Bobic added.

Frankfurt can still win a title this season as Kovac's men clash with Schalke in the German Cup semi finals on Wednesday. With 40 goals so far, they've already exceeded last season's tally of 36, the task of finding the net being shared equally throughout a team which doesn't feature a standout superstar. While he might be gunning to eliminate them this year, the veteran tactician remains assured of his place in Real history after guiding the club past Juventus in the 1998 final for a seventh European Cup, and first in 32 years.

Roma produced one of the most memorable reversals in Champions League history to knock out Lionel Messi's Barcelona with a 3-0 victory in the Italian capital that gave them an unexpected win on away goals over the two legs.

Bayern was initially in talks with former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, but he informed the club that he had agreed to take over another team while it was still trying to convince Heynckes to stay.

However, the performance at the BayArena did not back up Kovac's words as Frankfurt's Champions League hopes suffered a heavy blow.

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