FC Bayern Munich cuts ties with Dirk Bauermann

Dirk Bauermann

In a surprise move, just days before the German BBL is set to open their season, FC Bayern Munich has decided to part ways with their head coach, Dirk Bauermann.

The team released a statement on their website today announcing the move:

“Dirk Bauermann has had a significant role in the development of the basketball program with FC Bayern Munich. After much discussion in the last weeks, there had been different views of how the further development should go. On account of this, we decided to take this difficult step” – FC Bayern Vice-President Bernd Rauch. (link to original statement in German – FC Bayern website)

Various reports are speculating that the move could be due to a lack of discipline on the squad, notably a player having an altercation with the police during a night out after a recent game. There are also reports that Bauermann has been resistant to advice from team management.

The decision is effective immediately, Bauermann has been replaced by Bayern Assistant Coach Yannis Christopoulos.

According to Bauermann’s Wikipedia page,

Coaching Successes:
German Championship:
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 with Leverkusen
2005, 2007 with Bamberg
German Cup:
1990,1991,1993,1995 with Leverkusen
Coach of the Year:
1990,1991 with Leverkusen
2003, 2004 with Bamberg
German National Team:
1994 FIBA World Championship twelfth place
2005 FIBA European Championship runner-up
2006 FIBA World Championship eighth place
2007 FIBA European Championship fifth place


  1. Paul Hooks on September 29, 2012 at 10:23

    Svetislav Pesic is on the way I guess!!!

    • Miguel Angel Estebarria dos Nascimiento on September 29, 2012 at 12:08

      Would be embarrassing

      • Duck on September 29, 2012 at 18:14

        Possibly embarrassing.. But not impossible. Pesic senior only had a contract with the BBL for these past month during the Euro Qualis. I think he is available..

  2. Jayman on September 28, 2012 at 16:01

    The fact that they do it right now tells me that that it was more than urgent, for whatever reason.

  3. Lady GaGa on September 28, 2012 at 15:39

    Wow!!!! They behave they have Phil Jackson at the sleeve. Or Dirk really did smth bad. 🙁

  4. Miguel Angel Estebarria dos Nascimiento on September 28, 2012 at 12:09

    Is Marko Pesic still the GM? Or he has been fired too (he choose Bauermann, right?)?

    • Duck on September 29, 2012 at 18:12

      Bauermann chose Marko Pesic i think.

  5. SRN on September 28, 2012 at 09:59

    HUUUUGE surprise move..
    99% of German basketball didn’t see this coming..

  6. willy on September 28, 2012 at 09:09

    This is an incredible bad timing!!!!

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