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Hansi Flick has signed a contract to take charge of Germany after the European Championships, succeeding Joachim Löw. Flick, an assistant to Löw until 2014, led Bayern Munich to six trophies in the 2019-20 season and also won this season’s Bundesliga but decided to leave the champions after 18 months in charge. He was long considered the favourite to succeed Löw.

Flick has signed a contract until Euro 2024, which will be held in Germany. He said: “I am very happy to be able to work as national coach from autumn onwards … I’m really looking forward to it because I can see the great quality of the players, especially the young players in Germany. That’s why we have every reason to approach the upcoming tournaments with optimism.”

Löw, who had a contract until 2022, led Germany to the World Cup title in 2014 with Flick as his assistant, and to the 2017 Confederations Cup but his team crashed out in the first round in the 2018 World Cup and have been struggling to perform at the highest level despite an overhaul.

A 6-0 thrashing by Spain in the Nations League in November was Germany’s worst defeat in competitive football.