What Sergio Ramos tweeted when James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich in 2017

What Sergio Ramos tweeted when James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich in 2017

Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said that despite losing to Real in the 2017 quarter-finals, Zinedine Zidane's side held no fear for the Bavarians.

Kovac signed a three-year contract with Bayern that will see him take up his new role on 1 July.

German giants Bayern Munich on Friday named Eintracht Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac as their new manager, succeeding Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season.

The 46-year-old Kovac, who spent most of his playing career as a central midfielder in Germany, was a Croatian global and formerly guided the Croatian national team. And now Los Blancos must play Bayern Munich, which has already clinched the Bundesliga crown.

The Champions League semifinalists brought Heynckes, who led the club to European triumph in 2013, back from retirement midseason after sacking Carlo Ancelotti. "His brother Robert Kovač (44) will join Niko Kovač, who is now Eintracht Frankfurt head coach, as assistant". "We are going into many important games".

And just last week, Frankfurt and Kovac effectively denied there had been any contact from Bayern and were insistent he was staying put.

The Bayern coach said it is not only a challenge for Bayern but Real as well.

Kovac has overseen the most global dressing room in the Bundesliga, with 18 different nationalities represented at the club.

Originally Bayern was said to be interested in Juergen Klopp (Liverpool) and German national coach Joachim Loew.

"I hope he doesn't have his best day against us".

Reports in Germany have suggested Bayern paid €2.2million to release Kovac from his Eintracht contract.

'The speed [of the transaction] surprised us very much. "That information made it to the outside - definitely not out of Frankfurt - is very annoying, unprofessional and lacking in respect".

Kovac, who was born in West Berlin to parents of Croatian descent, has been praised for fusing together a team of many nationalities, and for its high-pressing attractive style of play. The Reds are England's most successful team in the European Cup or Champions League, matching Bayern's five titles, but last appeared in the semifinals in 2008. In the current campaign, he has guided them to fifth place in the Bundesliga and to the last four of the cup.

It's an interesting contrast to a criticism frequently levelled at another candidate for the Bayern Munich job, Thomas Tuchel, whose man-management of some Borussia Dortmund players damaged team morale.

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