Julian Nagelsmann (born 23 July 1987) is a German professional football manager and former football player. He managed 1899 Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
|Date of birth||23 July 1987|
|Place of birth||Landsberg am Lech, West Germany|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2006–2007||1860 Munich II||0||(0)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Known for his versatility with formations, maintaining possession, and implementing gegenpress, Nagelsmann is considered to be one of the best young managers in world football.
Nagelsmann was born on 23 July 1987 in Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria. He played for FC Augsburg and 1860 Munich at youth level, and was the captain of Munich's U17 team. In the 2006–07 season, he was part of the second team but made no appearances due to injuries. Nagelsmann returned to Augsburg for the 2007–08 season coached by Thomas Tuchel, but injured his knee and meniscus for the second time, damaging the cartilage. As a result, he decided to end his footballing career at the age of 20. He had already assisted his head coach Thomas Tuchel as a scout in the first half of 2008. He studied business administration in university for four semesters until he transferred to sports science. Then he concentrated on coaching, returning to his former club 1860 Munich as an assistant to Alexander Schmidt for Munich's U17 team from 2008 to 2010.
Nagelsmann joined 1899 Hoffenheim's youth academy in 2010 and coached different youth teams in the following years. He was an assistant coach during Hoffenheim's 2012–13 season, and up until 11 February 2016, was coaching the club's U19 team. He coached Hoffenheim's U19 "junior team" to win the 2013–14 Under 19 Bundesliga title. During his time as assistant coach, goalkeeper Tim Wiese nicknamed Nagelsmann "Mini-Mourinho."
Nagelsmann was appointed head coach of 1899 Hoffenheim on 27 October 2015. He was due to begin his tenure at the beginning of the 2016–17 season. He was given a three-year contract. At the time of his appointment, Nagelsmann was 28, and the youngest coach in Bundesliga history. He was to be the successor for Huub Stevens, who had replaced Markus Gisdol the previous year. On 10 February 2016, Stevens resigned as head coach due to health problems, and Nagelsmann's tenure as head coach was brought forward by the Hoffenheim board a day later.
When Nagelsmann took over the club in February 2016, Hoffenheim were 17th in the table, 7 points from the safety of 15th spot and facing relegation. Under Nagelsmann they avoided relegation by winning 7 of their remaining 14 matches and finished a point above the relegation playoff spot.
Hoffenheim's good run of play continued in the 2016–17 Bundesliga season, where they finished 4th in the table and qualified for the UEFA Champions League qualifying phase for the first time in their history.
On 9 June 2017, Hoffenheim extended the contract of Nagelsmann until 2021. In the Champions League play-off round, Hoffenheim lost to Liverpool 6–3 on aggregate, then finished last in their Europa League group with only one win against İstanbul Başakşehir. After finishing third in Bundesliga, the club which had their best place in the league in their history managed to secure a direct qualification for the next Champions League season.
In the Champions League, Nagelsmann became the youngest coach, aged 31 years and 58 days, to feature in the competition, doing so in the first group stage match against Shakhtar Donetsk. However, Hoffenheim finished last in their group with three draws and three defeats.
On 21 June 2018, Hoffenheim announced that Nagelsmann would be leaving the club at the end of the 2018–19 season. He oversaw his 100th league game as Hoffenheim coach on 19 January 2019, in a 3–1 defeat to Bayern Munich. In doing so, he became the youngest ever Bundesliga coach to reach the 100 match milestone.
On 21 June 2019, RB Leipzig announced that Nagelsmann would be their coach from the 2019–20 season and signed a four-year contract which would expire in 2023.
Nagelsmann won his first Bundesliga match as RB Leipzig coach against Union Berlin 4–0, he also led Leipzig to a 1–1 draw against FC Bayern Munich.
On 17 September 2019, Nagelsmann became the youngest coach, aged 32 years and 56 days, to win a Champions League match, doing so in a 2–1 away win against Benfica in the first group stage match. On match-day 10, Leipzig won against Mainz 8–0. Nagelsmann faced his former club Hoffenheim on match-day 14 and won 3–1 against them.
After finishing top of their group, RB Leipzig reached the Champions League knockout phase for the first time in their history. On 10 March 2020, following Leipzig's 4–0 win against José Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur, Nagelsmann became the youngest coach ever to win a UEFA Champions League knockout tie. On 13 August, RB Leipzig defeated Spanish side Atlético Madrid 2–1 in the quarter-finals, meaning Leipzig would progress to the Champions League semi-finals, in which Nagelsmann became the youngest coach, therefore, to manage a side in that round.
On 18 August, RB Leipzig played against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League semi-finals, where Nagelsmann faced his former boss during his time at Augsburg, Thomas Tuchel. However, RB Leipzig lost 3–0 to Paris Saint-Germain.
In the 2020–21 season, RB Leipzig reach the round of 16 in the Champions League to be eliminated by Liverpool, finished second in the Bundesliga and lost the DFB-Pokal Final 4–1 against Borussia Dortmund.
On 27 April 2021, Bayern Munich appointed Nagelsmann as head coach on a five-year deal, effective from 1 July 2021, replacing Hansi Flick for a then world record managerial transfer fee of €25 Million.
Nagelsmann's first competitive match was a 1–1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga. In Nagelsmann's first win with Bayern, he won his first title as a coach in Bayern's 3–1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the 2021 DFL-Supercup.
On 24 August 2021, Nagelsmann led Bayern to a 12–0 victory against Bremer SV during the first round of the 2021–22 DFB-Pokal. The scoreline was their biggest win in 24 years, since their 16–1 victory against DJK Waldberg in the DFB Cup in August 1997.
On 12 April 2022, Nagelsmann and his team were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, 2–1 on aggregate by Villarreal, and on 23 April, he won his second title, his first Bundesliga title, with three matches to spare.
Nagelsmann managed to win all group stage matches in the Champions League for the second consecutive season, beating top clubs such as Barcelona and Inter Milan both home and away without conceding any goal, to reach 14 consecutive victories in that round, 12 wins with Bayern and 2 with RB Leipzig; hence, equalling a record previously held by Louis van Gaal. In the Champions League round of 16, Nagelsmann led Bayern to defeat Paris Saint-Germain 3–0 on aggregate.
On 24 March 2023, during the international break after a 2–1 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen, Nagelsmann who was in a skiing holiday in Austria, was sacked by Bayern, with the club one point behind Dortmund in the league, and was replaced by his former Augsburg coach Thomas Tuchel. The decision was taken by CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić in consultation with club president Herbert Hainer. Kahn mentioned that fluctuations in performance following the World Cup prompted the decision, taking into consideration the objectives set for the current season and beyond. The sack came ahead of Der Klassiker and Champions League quarter-final matches against Manchester City.
Nagelsmann ended his tenure at Bayern with 71.4% winning rate, with only Pep Guardiola, Hansi Flick and Carlo Ancelotti averaging more Bundesliga points than him.
Nagelsmann married his childhood sweetheart Verena in 2018. However, the couple split in 2023, when it was revealed he was in a relationship with Lena Wurzenberger, a 30-year-old sports reporter for Germany's biggest newspaper, Bild.
Nagelsmann is a vegetarian. He said there were two reasons, most important for him is animal welfare, the second is environmental protection.
- As of match played 19 March 2023
|1899 Hoffenheim||11 February 2016||30 June 2019||136||55||43||38||40.4|||
|RB Leipzig||1 July 2019||30 June 2021||95||54||22||19||56.8|
|Bayern Munich||1 July 2021||24 March 2023||84||60||14||10||71.4|||
- VDV Coach of the Season (Germany): 2016–17
- German Football Manager of the Year: 2017
- UEFA Men's Coach of the Year third place: 2019–20
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- Profile at the FC Bayern Munich website
- Julian Nagelsman at FootballDatabase.eu
- Julian Nagelsman at Soccerbase.com (manager)
- Julian Nagelsman at Soccerway.com
- Julian Nagelsman at WorldFootball.net