Julian Nagelsmann’s first game with FC Bayern was unsuccessful. Against 1. FC Köln, the German record champions lost 3-2 with the new coach on the sidelines in Villingen-Schwenningen. Immediately after the European Championship and without many stars, however, the comparison of the two Bundesliga clubs was a duel with little informative value. While the majority of the designated starting line-up is still on vacation at Bayern, Cologne’s new coach Steffen Baumgart was able to draw on the full.
At Bayern, however, there was an opportunity for many youngsters. Among other things, the 17-year-old Lucas Copado – the nephew of sports director Hasan Salihamidzic – appeared for the first time for the FCB professionals. While the young attacker was able to draw attention to himself, the defensive around King Transfer Dayot Upamecano was not yet firm. A look into the past shows, however, that the false start in the test does not mean anything for the start of the season. The SPORTBUZZER shows how things went for Nagelsmann in his first games at his previous coaching stations in Hoffenheim and Leipzig.
At TSG Hoffenheim, Nagelsmann had to take the plunge straight into the deep end. As a reminder: He took over the Kraichgauer in February 2016 on rank 17 after Huub Stevens resigned. At the end of the season there was relegation. He played the first game with TSG just three days after taking office on February 13, 2016 against Werder Bremen. At the Weserstadion, the then 28-year-old experienced a 1-1 draw with his team, which made him the youngest head coach to date on the Bundesliga sidelines. The upcoming games were mixed: two wins against Mainz and Augsburg were paired with two defeats against Dortmund and Stuttgart.
The first five games at TSG:
- Bundesliga: Werder Bremen – TSG Hoffenheim 1: 1 (1: 1)
- Bundesliga: TSG Hoffenheim – FSV Mainz 05 3: 2 (1: 1)
- Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund – TSG Hoffenheim 3-1 (0-1)
- Bundesliga: TSG Hoffenheim – FC Augsburg 2:1 (1:1)
- Bundesliga: VfB Stuttgart – TSG Hoffenheim 5: 1 (2: 0)
At RB Leipzig, unlike in Hoffenheim, Nagelsmann was granted complete preparation before his debut. However, a clear parallel to his FCB debut on the sidelines can be drawn: The first test with the Saxons was also lost in 2019 against a supposedly weaker opponent. At Cottaweg it was a bitter 1: 4 bankruptcy against FC Zurich. “Unsuccessful start!” He wrote SPORTBUZZER back then. Overall, the preparation was mixed: Nagelsmann won twice with RB, but lost just as often. But then everything went well for the competitive game opener. In the cup they moved into the second round with a 3: 2 (3: 1) against VfL Osnabrück. And the Leipzig team even got off to a furious start in the Bundesliga: Nagelsmann’s protégés finished off Union Berlin, who had been promoted to the Bundesliga at the time, 4-0 away. Then they defeated Frankfurt (2: 1) and Gladbach (3: 1) and tied FC Bayern at least one point on matchday 4 (1: 1).
The first games in Leipzig:
- Test match: RB Leipzig – FC Zurich 1: 4
- Test match: RB Leipzig – Galatasaray Istanbul 3: 2 (0: 1)
- Test match: RB Leipzig – Stade Rennes 2-0 nV (0-0, 1-0)
- Test match: RB Leipzig – Aston Villa 1: 3 (1: 1)
- DFB Cup: VfL Osnabrück – RB Leipzig 2: 3 (1: 3)
- Bundesliga: Union Berlin – RB Leipzig 0: 4 (0: 3)
- Bundesliga: RB Leipzig – Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 (1-0)
- Bundesliga: Borussia Mönchengladbach – RB Leipzig 1: 3 (0: 1)
- Bundesliga: RB Leipzig – FC Bayern 1: 1 (1: 1)