Germany’s Julian Nagelsmann: The Euros’ Amorous Manager

Germany’s Julian Nagelsmann: The Euros’ Amorous Manager

After a 2-0 victory over Hungary secured Germany’s place in the knockout stages at Euro 2024, their head coach Julian Nagelsmann ran into the stands in celebration.

Amid jubilant scenes at the Stuttgart Arena, the Germany boss immediately sought out his girlfriend, Lena Wurzenberger, in the crowd before passionately planting a kiss on her. 

The sight of the Germany boss sharing a moment of intimacy with his partner has become a common one at the tournament, with the loved-up pair sharing in the celebrations together, leading to the manager being dubbed the Euros’ ‘most amourous’.

Their relationship sparked much media interest when it was announced. BILD reported in June 2022 that then Bayern Munich boss Nagelsmann and his now ex-wife had split up, and just weeks later the same publication announced his relationship with Wurzenberger with the title: ‘Julian Nagelsmann loves BILD reporter.’

Wurzenberger was removed from her role as Bayern Munich club reporter by the German outlet, and now their romance is regularly talked about by the same publication.  

Julian Nagelsmann’s romance with partner Lena Wurzenberger has picked up a lot of interest in Germany during the European Championship 

The pair shared an intimate moment by the tunnel after Germany's draw with Switzerland

The pair shared an intimate moment by the tunnel after Germany’s draw with Switzerland 

She has also been wearing a Germany shirt with Nagelsmann's nickname written on the back

She has also been wearing a Germany shirt with Nagelsmann’s nickname written on the back

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It is very rare for football managers to show affection with their partners, but Wurzenberger is the first person he wants to celebrate with after Germany’s games. 

Following Germany’s 2-0 win over Hungary he climbed into the stands for his winning kiss with his partner.

And after the draw with Switzerland, German security brought them together and they shared a kiss on the edge of the tunnel.

The pair were seen laughing together and beaming from ear to ear, not hiding their relationship from the photographers. 

He doesn’t seem to mind about the photographers capturing them together, as he said afterwards: ‘If everyone wants to take a photo of her, that’s not such a bad sign. I like taking photos of her too.’ 

Wurzenberger has been pictured at games with the German flag painted on both sides of her face while also wearing a shirt with Nagelsmann’s nickname ‘Julsi’ on her shirt. 

After a few minutes talking, he sprinted back to the dressing room to speak to his players before meeting with Wurzenberger again later that evening, as players and their partners travelled to Herzogenaurach. 

Wurzenberger covered Bayern Munich for Germany's biggest tabloid during his time at the club

Wurzenberger covered Bayern Munich for Germany’s biggest tabloid during his time at the club

The pair began dating shortly after and she has become a regular fixture throughout the tournament

Wurzenberger was removed from covering Bayern after their relationship went public in 2022

Wurzenberger ultimately left her job at Bild after Nagelsmann was sacked by Bayern last year

Wurzenberger ultimately left her job at Bild after Nagelsmann was sacked by Bayern last year

It would be safe to imagine that being a national coach during a major tournament is one of the busiest times in their lives. 

But Nagelsmann also finds time around intense training sessions with his 26-man squad to spend time with Wurzenberger. 

BILD report that he played tennis doubles with his partner against the national team’s analyst Frederik Holscher.

Nagelsmann was heard roaring across the court, while kissing and flirting with his girlfriend during drink breaks in another sign of affection caught by the cameras.

The Germany manager also regularly allows families and WAGS in, giving his players time to spend with their loved ones. His partner has been spending time with the other WAGS.

Clearly planning a long and fruitful relationship together, they have a pet Labrador called ‘Rosalie’. It has also been recently announced that the couple bought a 1.75m euro (£1.49m) property in the idyllic community of Fieberbrunn – a market town with around 4,500 inhabitants in the Austrian state of Tyrol.

It is not known whether they see this as their future home. 

Wurzenberger also has a very good relationship with the manager’s two children and shares a number of similar interests. 

Nagelsmann had announced his split from his wife, Verena, just weeks before news of the relationship with Wurzenberger went public

Nagelsmann had announced his split from his wife, Verena, just weeks before news of the relationship with Wurzenberger went public

They are both interested in equestrian sports and said to have horses together. Last summer they attended a polo tournament near Munich. There were even rumours that Nagelsmann wanted to try polo himself – the national coach has a soft spot for a variety of sports and is also a passionate mountain biker. 

Despite having been together for more than two years now but it is fair to say their relationship hasn’t been without controversy.

As Nagelsmann embarked on his first campaign at Bayern Munich in 2021, his successes and strains were dutifully reported on by various members of the German press, including one Wurzenberger.

Wurzenberger’s role involved covering the Bavarian giants for BILD, the country’s largest sporting tabloid.

One particular story that received significant coverage in the media in Germany surrounded Nagelsmann’s private life, namely that of his relationship with his wife, Verena.

Nagelsmann shares two children with his Verena, a son named Maximilian who was born in 2015 and a daughter – whose name has not been publicly revealed – was born in 2020. 

At the beginning of June in 2022, Bild reported that Nagelsmann and his long-term partner had separated, and just weeks later the same publication announced his relationship with Wurzenberger with the title: ‘Julian Nagelsmann loves Bild reporter’.

The pair were pictured cosying up on a yacht whilst holidaying together in Ibiza before Nagelsmann returned for his second season at Bayern.

Following the relationship becoming public, Bild announced Wurzenberger had been removed from her role covering the club, and would instead serve as a police reporter in the city.

Despite rampant speculation surrounding his relationship, Nagelsmann enjoyed a successful start, with the club taking a commanding lead in the league and topping their Champions League group by winning all six games whilst only conceding twice.  

Away from the pitch however, reports began to suggest Nagelsmann’s budding romance was breeding discontent behind the scenes.

Despite reports claiming she was no longer reporting on the club, former Bayern star Markus Babbel claimed Nagelmann’s relationship with the journalist was proving to be a ‘big problem’ amongst his squad.

Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann has enjoyed a flying start to his first European Championships

Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann has enjoyed a flying start to his first European Championships 

‘I know his relationship with the Bild reporter is a huge topic in the dressing room.’ Babbel told Blick.

‘It didn’t go over well at all that he was with her. His girlfriend was therefore a big problem for Bayern.’

‘There was a breach of trust because some players just weren’t able to communicate what they were thinking anymore because they were afraid that everything would end up in the newspaper.’

After a break for the World Cup in Qatar, Bayern endured a sluggish return to domestic football, with a run of just two wins from six games seeing them give up major ground in the title race.

The hosts comfortably qualified from their group to set up a round of 16 clash with Denmark

The hosts comfortably qualified from their group to set up a round of 16 clash with Denmark

Defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in March saw them leapfrogged by Borussia Dortmund for top spot and the writing was suddenly on the wall for Nagelsmann.

Whilst away on a skiing holiday Nagelsmann was informed that he had been sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel, with then-club CEO Oliver Kahn claiming the decision had been made due to ‘big fluctuations in our performances’.

Just days after her partner was removed from his post, Bild announced Wurzenberger would leave the publication to take up a role at BMW as ‘spokeswoman for the supplier network and sustainability’.

A Bayern Munich legend claimed the relationship led to players lacking trust for the manager

A Bayern Munich legend claimed the relationship led to players lacking trust for the manager

Undeterred by his Bayern exit, Nagelsmann was announced as Germany’s new head coach in September and given of the task of securing victory in the European Championships.

Nagelsmann hadn’t even turned ten when Germany lifted the trophy at Wembley in 1996, but the former centre half has molded his team into an effective force.

Wurzenberger has been a consistent presence as Germany comfortably progressed from Group A and will no doubt be in attendance this evening as her partner attempts to take his team into the last eight in Dortmund when they take on Denmark. Don’t be surprised to see them kissing again if he succeeds.

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