Tapalović was hand-picked by Kurz to be his right hand man. Tapalović also brings a wealth of experience having amassed in excess of 200 club appearances with VfL Bochum, Schalke 04, 1860 Munich and FC Wacker Tirol in the German and Austrian Bundesliga. Tapalović and Kurz were incidentally teammates during their playing career both at Schalke and 1860 Munich. Tapalović was born in Germany, but was capped three times by Croatia in 2002 due to his parents’ heritage. The German-born Croatian will be able to work closely with the younger players in the squad, having coached the U-17 and U-19 sides of 1860 Munich as well as serving as the assistant of the first team.