'A wonderful time'
The 55-year-old will not be extending his deal with the reigning German champions, who presently sit second in the Bundesliga. Hitzfeld said: "It is correct that my work with Bayern München will be over in 2005. It has been a wonderful time."
Decision to leave
The former BV Borussia Dortmund coach explained that he had reached the decision to leave after talks with the board. Hitzfeld has been at Bayern since 1998 and has brought the Bavarians four league titles, two German Cups and two League Cups.
His biggest success came in 2001 when Bayern won the UEFA Champions League after beating Valencia CF in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in Milan. The same year Bayern also won the European/South American Cup in Tokyo with a 1-0 over CA Boca Juniors.
Hitzfeld, a player with VfB Stuttgart, forged his reputation as a coach in Germany with Dortmund, whom he joined from Switzerland's Grasshopper-Club in 1991. In his six-year spell at the Westfalenstadion, he led Dortmund to the Bundesliga in 1995 and 1996 and the Champions League in 1997, after upsetting Juventus FC 3-1 in the final in Munich. Dortmund also won that year's European/South American Cup.
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