Thousands of Bayern Munich fans pay tribute to retiring Jupp Heynckes

Posted Monday, May 21, 2018 by

BAYERN MUNICH fans turned up in their thousands to bid farewell to Jupp Heynckes for a second time on Sunday.

The 73-year-old coach is going back into retirement after leading Bayern to another Bundesliga title.

Thousands of Bayern Munich fans pay tribute to retiring Jupp Heynckes
Jupp Heynckes and his Bayern team pick up the Bundesliga trophy

Bayern were five points adrift when he returned in October, but regrouped to wrap up the title with five matches to spare.

It might have been more for Heynckes.

But Eintracht Frankfurt stunned them to win the German Cup final on Saturday, while Real Madrid denied the German giants a place in the Champions League final.

Heynckes happily lifted the league trophy at Sunday's presentation watched by a sea of supporters who flooded Munich's streets to pay tribute to him.

Thousands of Bayern Munich fans pay tribute to retiring Jupp Heynckes
Thousands of fans celebrated the club's achievement - and they also bade farewell to the retiring Heynckes

He previously managed Bayern from 1987-1991 and 2011-13, winning the Champions League in 2013 and the Bundesliga in 1988-89, 1989-90, 2012-14 and this year.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge paid tribute to Heynckes for bringing "old values" such as "humanity and empathy" back to the side.

Rummenigge said of the shock defeat to Frankfurt: "The little downside for us is that we would have liked to give our Jupp, our coach, the nearly perfect finish, but it didn't quite work out."

But he added: "You did something great for Bayern Munich. FC Bayern needs to say, 'thank you'."

Thousands of Bayern Munich fans pay tribute to retiring Jupp Heynckes
The German coach was happy to meet and greet some of the club's younger fans

Heynckes himself has no concrete plans for the coming days and weeks. He said: "The lads have worked superbly all year.

"It was quite easy for me. The players showed me so much respect. We worked together so harmoniously. We all came together.

"I now need some time away. It was quite stressful in recent weeks. I need to come back down to a normal pace of life and return to my own bed. Then I'll do what I like.

"I'm not 45 or 50. I understand my own strengths. At 73, you don't know how long you've got left.

"I'd like to enjoy my life again starting next week," he said, speaking of his farm near Monchengladbach, where he lives with his wife and dog Cando.

"I wish you all the best, Jupp."

Bayern's players were clearly still disappointed over Saturday's cup defeat as they celebrated the league win on the Munich town hall balcony.

Said Thomas Muller: "It feels really bad, how the season ended," adding that the team would try to "put a brave face on it".

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