Professional Footballer - Dream and Reality

Hopfner and Hoeneß open new special exhibition

"When I grow up I want to be a professional footballer." Lots of kids dream of stepping onto a football pitch as a pro. That includes Janis, who cut the ribbon to open the FCB Erlebniswelt’s new special exhibition and is keen to follow in the footsteps of his heroes Thomas Müller and David Alaba. Club president Karl Hopfner plus FC Bayern legends Uli Hoeneß and Hasan Salihamidžić know how it feels to live the dream. A round-table discussion with former media director Markus Hörwick focused on the road from talented youngster to stardom. 

"As children we always used to play in the park or even on the street. That happens less and less today in the age of smart phones and computers,” warned Hoeneß. He knows how important it is to start from day one having fun but also with lots of hard work and ambition. Anyone who has the belief and the necessary talent plus a bit of luck can make it into the youth teams at a big club. Youth development is centre stage at FC Bayern with the new academy being built a key element of that work. Karl Hopfner declared: "The academy forms the base but the most important factors are the kids and teenagers themselves. We’re creating a platform for bringing through players who can make it as far as the first team squad."

Brazzo: I lived the dream

Up to April 2017 visitors to the club museum can learn all about the career of a professional footballer. The exhibition conveys an accurate picture of the long road to making it to the professional footballing stage and provides a comprehensive look behind the scenes at FC Bayern. And who better to comment than Hasan "Brazzo" Salihamidžić: "I was able to fulfil my dream. My time at FC Bayern was exciting and I am, and always will be, part of the club."

Training, talent and health are subjects of the exhibition, as are the influences that can have an effect on the fortune and fate of a young player. Thomas Müller provides an exclusive filmed insight into his career and his life in and around football. In addition to the current Germany international and leading player at FC Bayern the exhibition also highlights the career of Timo Heinze. Müller’s team-mate from his teenage years did not make it as a pro and is now studying psychology in Cologne.

From the start this multifaceted subject fascinated both the team at the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt and everybody else who played a significant part in setting up the exhibition. In addition to Müller and Heinze, many key figures such as Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Hoeneß and Hermann Gerland share their valuable insights into the club’s work. Other exhibits from the archives of the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt and the youth section also recount a host of exciting stories.