Bayern Munich boss Jurgen Klinsmann's new coaching methods will have major implications not only for German football but for the global game, according to club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Players returning to Bayern after their post-Euro 2008 vacations will find a radically transformed club, as Klinsmann rings in sweeping changes similar to those he implemented as Germany national team coach between 2004-06.
The new approach will be “not only for the Bundesliga but for all the footballing world,” Rummenigge said.
The 43-year-old Klinsmann stamped his authority at the beginning of the month, banning mobile phones and implementing eight-hour training sessions at the club's new performance centre.
Replete with buddhist statues, the centre – designed by Klinsmann – will “release positive energy” and contain areas for relaxation, rest, study and massage.
“It is my philosophy that each player must want to improve each day,” Klinsmann said with Zen-like clarity earlier this month.
“I would like to take the players to the next level, if each player becomes better, so too will the team.”
Players have strict training regimes starting at 0930 and finishing at 1730, with meals prepared by Michelin-starred German chef Alfons Schuhbeck.
The changes seem to be paying off, with a Bayern Munich second-string side thrashing amateur side Lippstadt 7-1 last week, Klinsmann's first success at the Bayern helm.
“It was interesting to see how the players reacted to the first two weeks of training,” said Klinsmann, who replaced Ottmar Hitzfeld, now in charge of the Swiss national side, on July 1.
Euro 2008 stars such as Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose, absent for that match after being granted holiday extensions, will be closely monitored in the early sessions as they attempt to reach match fitness.
Bayern – four-time champions of European – won the league and cup double last season and are hoping to make a big impression in the Champions League, which they last won in 2001.
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