Created on 26-01-2012 at 00:00 AM
Crowd favourite Hasan Salihamidzic spent nine trophy-laden seasons with Bayern, winning the Bundesliga six times, the DFB Cup four times, and the Champions League in 2001. The midfield dynamo moved on in summer 2007 for a new challenge with Juventus. After four seasons in Turin, Brazzo returned to the Bundesliga last summer as a Wolfsburg player.
The 35-year-old returns to his beloved former stamping ground with the Wolves on Saturday. The official FCB journal Bayern Magazin caught up with the Bosnian, who still maintains close contact to FCB, and intends to move permanently to Munich after hanging up his boots “in another year or two".
Interview: Hasan Salihamidzic
Hi Brazzo! After a four-and-a-half year absence, you finally return to the Allianz Arena as a player on Saturday. Will it be a special moment for you personally?
Hasan Salihamidzic: Of course, that's obvious. I spent nine seasons with Bayern, so I'm really looking forward to the reunion with former team-mates, colleagues, the fans and the stadium. And I do own a house in Munich, so I would say it's always wonderful to come home.
Just a friendly reminder: the visitors’ dressing room is on the left…
[Laughs] Thanks for the advice!
How close are your remaining contacts with Bayern?
Even now, I still maintain close contact to Uli Hoeneß and physiotherapists Fredi Binder and Gerry Hoffman. And a couple of my former team-mates are still at the club. I never broke off relations with Bayern, and I never will.
You left Munich and moved to Italy in 2007. Tell us about your time with Juventus.
I had a wonderful time, and it was a fantastic experience for me and for my family. No-one can take it away from us now. We felt very good about being there, the Italians are an immensely warm people and we had a lot of fun in Turin. Unfortunately, I was out with injury for almost a year and a half, so I ended up not playing as often as I'd hoped. But I think I gave a very decent account of myself, and I even speak another language now.