Bidding farewell on a high is any professional sportsperson’s dream. It depends on the sportsperson as to when to take that choking decision to part with the love of one’s life; be it the sport or a team in specific.
The time has come for Jupp Heynckes to draw curtains for his Bayern Munich career following his efficacious three managerial stints with the Bavarian giants.
It is not sure whether he would manage teams again but it is certain that his career with Bayern Munich is over and he also announced that he would not manage any team the coming season.
He is lucidly one of the top five managers of all time. It is not just the silverware he has achieved that speaks of his class; but the discipline and team balance he has maintained in Bayern Munich and the other teams he has managed is elegant as well.
He is an epitome of discipline himself. Playing against Heynckes’ side meant terror for most managers and left them speechless with their legs shaking. He could read any game situation to the point and could identify what needed to be done with precision and depth.
It was an announcement harrowing for many to take in when he announced that he would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season. Though it was emotionally painful for him, he did not let his management get affected by this and continued with full control and composure to lead Bayern to a record 23rd Bundesliga title in April with an emphatic lead over the runners up breaking several records.
To make things better, He also lead Bayern to a 7-0 aggregate win over Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in the same month to reach the final for a third time in four years.
To follow this was dreams come true for supporters, staff and most importantly the players when Bayern won their fifth Champions League title in Wembley Stadium with a 2-1 victory over their rivals Borussia Dortmund. This meant that Bayern sealed a cup double and that it could be the perfect farewell for the charismatic manager. But he went on for a higher feat leading Bayern to a DFB-Pokal title defeating VFB Stuttgart in the final, which culminated the most perfect season possible for Bayern Munich who ended up with a treble, a rare feat, winning three major trophies in the same season.
Heynckes could not have asked for better from his lads on the field, though it was his instructions that were put into practice with a high accuracy rate. He created an invincible team which defended brilliantly, moved the ball with pace and technique, attacked with menace coupled with lethal finishing.
This might well be the best farewell ever in the history of football. Loved and respected by all, Heynckes will surely leave a void in the footballing world. It is out of question to name a replacement for prodigious manager. Legends are made only once. There is no one like him.
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