Julian Nagelsmann is the manager of FC Bayern Munich, a club in the German Bundesliga, the top flight of German club football. He has managed the club since 2021.
Before managing Bayern Munich, he managed TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Red Bull Leipzig, both in Germany.
At 35, he is currently one of the youngest managers in club football and is also considered one of the most brilliant minds around. His managerial style is fluid as he constantly switches formations in-game. He mainly employs possession football tactics and the Gegenpress, which requires high-energy pressing both in and out of possession.
He is a disciple of Ralf Rangnick’s football philosophy. He was also coached by Thomas Tuchel in his playing days. His style is very popular in German football and as such, he has been touted as a future manager of the German national team.
Julian Nagelsmann teams coached
Julian Nagelsmann was an injury prone player who had to retire from active football at the age of 20. While he was a player at FC Augsburg II, he was trusted with scouting players for Thomas Tuchel, who managed the club at the time. He carried out this responsibility while also being signed as a player.
After retiring due to injuries, he went to the university where he studied business administration and sports science. After his graduation, he returned to his old club, TSV 1860 Munich, to work as the under-17 team’s assistant manager between 2008 and 2010.
He left the role when Hoffenheim came calling. They wanted him to take charge of their under-17 team. He slowly rose up the ranks and became the first team’s assistant manager, before being handed the reins of the first team in 2016.
At the time of writing, he has been a first team manager for six years. Here is information on the clubs that Julian Nagelsmann has managed to date.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Julian Nagelsmann managed Hoffenheim’s first team from February 11, 2016 to June 30, 2019, a period spanning three-and-a-half seasons.
Nagelsmann was due to begin his role officially in the 2016/17 season, but the club’s manager resigned in the middle of the 2015/16 due to health problems. This meant that he had to step in earlier than expected and help the team finish strong.
Despite being the youngest manager in German Bundesliga history at 28, he proved his mettle among the experienced managers by leading Hoffenheim to safety in the 2015/16 season, and leading them to the UEFA Champions League in the next season, which was also his first full season as a first team manager.
It was the club’s first ever appearance in the competition and this earned the young manager cult hero status at the club. By the time he left the club, they had become a team who could easily achieve top 10 in the league.
Nagelsmann left Hoffenheim with a respectable record of 55 wins, 43 draws and 38 losses from a total of 136 games managed.
Red Bull Leipzig
Julian Nagelsmann was appointed as RB Leipzig’s manager on June 21, 2019 and managed the team between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021, a period of two seasons.
His time at the club was revolutionary. He led them to the Champions League semifinals where they faced off against Paris Saint-Germain, managed by his former manager Thomas Tuchel at the time.
In achieving that feat, he became the youngest manager in Champions League history to win a knockout tie and manage a team in the semi finals of the competition. He led the club to third and second place finishes consecutively, before being poached by Bayern Munich.
Before leaving the role, Julian Nagelsmann managed RB Leipzig for 95 matches, winning 54, drawing 22 and losing 19.
FC Bayern Munich
Julian Nagelsmann was appointed as Bayern Munich’s manager on April 27, 2021 and has managed the club since July 1, 2021. His tenure is expected to end in 2026.
His switch to Bayern Munich is the world record managerial switch as it cost the German giants €25 million to pry him from RB Leipzig, where he had a contract until 2023.
So far, the move has paid off for the club as he has won three titles – his first ever titles as a manager – with the club in that period. He also led the club to a 12 – 1 win in the 2021/22 DFB-Pokal, which is their biggest win in 25 years.
Julian Nagelsmann has managed the club for 44 matches so far, winning 31, drawing seven and losing six. He has won the Bundesliga and the DFL-Supercup in his time at the club.
Julian Nagelsmann trophies won
During his career, Julian Nagelsmann has won two trophies. Here is a breakdown of the trophies he has won in his career.