4/24/2018 7:01:14 AM (GMT+3)

Age is just a number for Bayern coach Heynckes

Age is just a number for Bayern coach Heynckes

BERLIN: Jupp Heynckes has proved that age is just a number in sports. At 72, the Bayern Munich coach seems to have a bundle of energy and is now looking forward to another treble before he leaves the club end of this season.

The German champions take on Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League first leg semifinal.

Winning the trophy for the third time would be a perfect farewell gift for him before Niko Kovac takes over as coach for next season.

Heynckes has already won the Champions League as head coach of both clubs.

He steered Real to the title in 1998, then Bayern in 2013, a season the Germans finished with a treble.

If Bayern win the trophy in Kiev on May 26, Heynckes, who turns 73 on May 9, will make history as the oldest coach to win the European Cup.

He would eclipse the record of 71 years, 231 days set by Raymond Goethals when Marseille won the Champions League in Munich in 1993.

“It’s a gigantic meeting in a positive sense,” Heynckes told the media.

Bayern are the only club left in the tournament, who can still win a treble.

The Bavarians wrapped up a sixth straight Bundesliga title three weeks ago and will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final on May 19.