Created on 13-02-2009 at 00:00 AM
Berlin holds a special place in Luca Toni’s heart. It is where he claimed a World Cup winner’s medal with Italy in July 2006, and where he scored twice to win Bayern the DFB Cup against Borussia Dortmund last April. “I have plenty of happy memories of Berlin,” says the Italian, who even bears a tattoo proclaiming the date and place of the World Cup final (pictured).
The 31-year-old returns to the German capital on Saturday, although it will be his first contest with Hertha BSC at the Olympic stadium, as he missed the corresponding fixture last term with injury. The match ended goalless, perhaps due to Toni’s absence, as the hitman always enjoys meetings with the men from the capital, having scored four goals in two games to date.
Toni will be doubly keen to hit goal dirt on Saturday after being substituted before the end of last week’s 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann reported “a good talk" with the Italian in midweek. “Luca’s frustration at being brought off when the score was 1-1 is totally normal,” remarked Klinsmann, “Luca is first-choice here.”