Hansi Flick's wife Silke had breast cancer

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 Hansi Flick's wife Silke had breast cancer
Hansi and Silke Flick - here 2019 - have been married since 1987, have two children and two grandchildren. © Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images, SpotOn

Shortly after the 2010 World Cup

National football coach Hansi Flick (57) reveals, among other things, a serious personal problem in his book “Im Moment – ​​Über Success, The Beauty of the Game and What Really Matters in Life” (riva, 224 pages, 20 euros), which will be published on September 20 Fate struck his family after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa: his wife Silke was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Hansi Flick: 'I was scared like never before'

'Silke was diagnosed with breast cancer,' says the excerpts that 'Bild' presents in advance. 'I was scared like I had never felt before. Being there for her and the children was even more important than usual,' Flick and his co-author Jonathan Sierck continue. The football coach received one-time support from the DFB during this phase, he was able to 'retire for a certain time'.

'I still admire my wife for the strength and inner calm with which she mastered the difficult situation. I lay in bed with tears in my eyes much more often than she did,' admits Flick. This phase of his life 'taught him humility and gratitude'. Having death and one's own transience mirrored changes something in you, says the native of Heidelberg. 'We often skillfully hide death [...]. However, in my experience, dealing with the fact that we will not be here forever leads to a more conscious way of life,' says Flick.

'There are things that are bigger and more important than football'

This extreme experience changed him. 'Since this stage of my life I have seen interpersonal encounters and relationships in a different light and never take them for granted,' explains Hansi Flick. And he no longer takes sporting defeats so personally. 'There are things that are bigger and more important than football.'

Hansi and Silke Flick have been married since 1987 and have two children and two grandchildren.

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