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Bayern Munich hires Vincent Kompany as coach to end months-long search

MUNICH (AP) — Vincent Kompany is the unlikely new coach of Bayern Munich after a months-long search that saw the German club rejected by several top candidates.

The 38-year-old former Manchester City captain arrives at Bayern tasked with overseeing a turnaround after his predecessor, Thomas Tuchel, led the team only to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga, 18 points off champion Bayer Leverkusen.

Kompany won praise for his team’s attractive style of play when coaching Burnley in the English Premier League last season but was relegated as the team finished in next-to-last place. He had been under contract at Burnley through 2028.

Even though he arrives at a low point for Bayern, Kompany will still be expected to win trophies and potentially reach the 2025 Champions League final, which is to be played at Bayern's own Allianz Arena.

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