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Jupp Heynckes wins coach of the year

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Ex Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has been named 2013 FIFA Coach of the year, pipping fellow retiree Sir Alex Ferguson to win the prestigious award.

Heynckes, 68, who retired after the 2012-13 season was concluded, brought the Bayern team together after their devastating 2012 Champions' League final loss against Chelsea into a near perfect side, dislodging Barcelona from their throne in the process.

Bayern only lost once in the entire Bundesliga campaign, winning twenty-nine of their thirty-four matches, finishing with 91 points. That average of 2.67 points per game means that the Bavarian side would have finished with roughly 102 points in the Premier League's thirty-eight game season.

Runners-up Borussia Dortmund finished a colossal twenty-five points behind Bayern. Not only did they in matches, they scored goals for fun. In fact, their 98 goals in 34 games would've amounted to 110 in a thirty-eight game season.

But Heynckes did not only enjoy success on a domestic scale; although he did win a further two trophies on German soil, Bayern cruised to the Champions' League title in devastating fashion.

Having secured top place in their group, Bayern suffered a wobble in the form of a 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal, but came through that game to coast through their quarter-final tie against Juventus with successive 2-0 wins to set up a mouth-watering tie with Barcelona.

Alas, those who were expecting a close encounter were shocked as Die Roten first obliterated Barca 4-0 at the Allianz Arena and continued their dismantling of the Catalan side with a 3-0 victory at the Camp Nou.

As domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund completed their own thrashing against Real Madrid, this all-German final provided one of Bayern's greatest moments, as Arjen Robben's late goal to win the game 2-1 provided a perfect send off for Heynckes as he bowed out with a second Champions' League title.

The Bayern side that Heynckes built barely had a weak link in sight, as star man Franck Ribery went on to be put on the Ballon d'Or three man shortlist alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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