"Niko was a player at Bayern, he is very familiar with the people involved as well as the structure and the DNA of the club", said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
In announcing Kovac's hiring earlier in the day, Salihamidzic said Bayern were "very happy that we could secure Niko Kovac's services".
It is no surprise for either Bayern and Real to be in the last four - anything less would have been measured a failure for clubs that will meet for 25th and 26th times in Europe, making it the most-played UEFA competition tie.
Remarkably, Heynckes has never not reached the Champions League final as a coach - Bayern's 2012 defeat to Chelsea was his second; the Bavarians' win against Dortmund the following year the third - a run that began when in charge of Madrid back in 1998. With 40 goals so far, they've already exceeded last season's tally of 36, the task of finding the net being shared equally throughout a team which doesn't feature a standout superstar.
At the just concluded draws for the Champions League semi finals Real Madrid will face rivals Bayern Munich in a heavyweight contest. He is predestined for the coaching job at Bayern. "It's unfortunate timing. The fact that information surfaced yesterday not from Frankfurt but from Munich is aggravating, unprofessional and is lacking respect".
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To them, Kane wanting to take credit for a goal he rightfully scored is a direct affront to their lord and savior Mo Salah. He said: "Of course after the game, Harry said, "I touched the ball with my right shoulder".
After the end of his playing career Kovac was briefly an assistant coach in Austria.
Bayern has been on the lookout for a new boss after failing to persuade Heynckes to stay on for another season, and they vowed to have a new man lined up by the end of April.
Kovac was appointed at Eintracht in March 2016 and helped the club survive a relegation play-off that season before guiding them to a respectable 11th-place finish in 2017.
Born in Berlin to Croatian parents, both brothers played for the Croatian national team as well as Bayern.
"Yes, there was an option for Niko Kovac to get out of the contract if an absolute European top club came". It proved the turning point: Ronaldo equalised after half-time, Javi Martinez was dismissed and the Portuguese added a second in the closing stages.