Julian Nagelsmann will lead the senior men's national team to next year's European Championship in Germany as national coach. The 36-year-old soccer coach signed a contract today at the DFB campus in Frankfurt am Main that runs until July 31, 2024. Earlier, the supervisory board and shareholders' meeting of DFB GmbH & Co. KG had unanimously followed the proposal of DFB President Bernd Neuendorf and Sports Director Rudi Völler to appoint Nagelsmann as the twelfth national coach in the history of the German Football Association.
Julian Nagelsmann takes over the national team as successor to Hansi Flick, who was relieved of his duties on September 10. Two days later, Rudi Völler and DFB coaches Hannes Wolf and Sandro Wagner had coached the national team to a 2-1 home win over runner-up France in Dortmund. Wagner will continue to assist Nagelsmann in the future, while Benjamin Glück will become the national team's other assistant coach. The 37-year-old has already worked at TSG Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig and, most recently, FC Bayern Munich as an assistant coach in Julian Nagelsmann's team. Hoffenheim and Leipzig led them to the Champions League in each case, and with FC Bayern they won the German championship in 2022.
Julian Nagelsmann says: "We have a European Championship in our own country. That's something special - something that happens once every few decades. I subordinate everything to this fact of having a great tournament in a great country. I have a great desire to take on this challenge. The performance in Dortmund was the beginning. We will be a sworn bunch next year."
DFB President Bernd Neuendorf explained, "Next year's European Championship is of enormous importance for all of soccer in Germany. We are convinced that Julian Nagelsmann, as national coach, will ensure that the national team inspires its fans and that the EURO will also be a sporting success. Julian Nagelsmann is an outstanding coach who approaches his new task with the utmost motivation. We will all now turn our focus to the tournament next summer and support Julian Nagelsmann to the best of our ability."
DFB Sports Director Rudi Völler said, "Julian Nagelsmann was our preferred candidate as national coach from the start of the search. He is not only an absolute soccer expert, but has already proven in all his stations at a very young age for a head coach that he can motivate and carry away a team and the entire environment. His fire for soccer is palpable and contagious - just as it is with his two co-coaches Benjamin Glück and Sandro Wagner, whose great energy I was recently able to experience myself. With his qualities and personality, Julian Nagelsmann will play a decisive role in ensuring that we all experience a great European Championship together in our own country this summer."
In October, Nagelsmann and the national team will first go on a tour of the United States to take on hosts of the upcoming World Cup. After the opener against the USA on October 14 (from 3 p.m. local time/21 p.m. CET, live on RTL) in Hartford in the U.S. state of Connecticut, Germany will play Gold Cup winners Mexico in Philadelphia on October 17 (from 8 p.m. local time/2 p.m. CET). The German national team will then face Austria in Vienna on November 21 (from 8:45 p.m.) in the last international match before the start of the European Championship year.