Hasan Salihamidzic is promoted to sports director at Bayern Munich, and together with Oliver Kahn he is to shape the future of the club. Can he?
For Salihamidzic and the designated CEO Kahn, the final on August 23 in Lisbon could close a circle: 2001 “we won the Champions League together in a jersey”, Salihamidzic recalls the triumph of Milan, “I want to do that with him in Repeat suit. Oliver thinks the same way. ” He promises: “We will give everything for this goal.”
Bayern Munich: Brazzo and Kahn as “Next Generation” in management
Salihamidzic and Kahn see themselves as “Next Generation in Management”. Together they want “to add a new era to the great era that Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have shaped,” Salihamidzic told the kicker in the club magazine 51 he added: “We will form a team that has to work incredibly well to continue”. But you complement each other “well, because we trust and support each other”.
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He sees his promotion to the six-member board as “honor” and “big deal” that makes him “a little proud”. But as with his appointment as sports director on July 31, 2017, the personnel are accompanied by the question: Can he do that? Since then Salihamidzic has had “a very good and very sustainable development”, emphasized Rummenigge in Munich’s Merkur / tz, “he has learned a lot”. He is now “established in his job and very valuable for FC Bayern”.
Bayern Munich: Salihamidzic at that time only the C solution
Back then, “Brazzo” was just the C solution. Hoeneß wanted Max Eberl from Gladbach, Rummenigge preferred long-time captain Philipp Lahm – Salihamidzic, then brand ambassador, was the compromise of alpha animals. After completing his professional career, he “shook his horn in business”, as he said, and set up a medium-sized real estate company in Frankfurt.
In Munich he first went through a “steel bath” (Hoeneß). He convinced with diligence, but looked too mobile in the external image. In addition to ambition and smartness, the bosses appreciate his good network, with Alphonso Davies the 43-year-old showed a golden transfer hand. He successfully helped shape the change in the aging team with new faces such as Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry or Benjamin Pavard, and in the internal discussion about a commitment by Timo Werner he prevailed against coach Hansi Flick. Record transfer Lucas Hernandez, however, has so far not been worth his money (80 million euros).
Brazzo is aiming for the CL victory with FC Bayern Munich
“Did I develop? Yes”, says Salihamidzic, he also calmed down. Kahn emphasized that his buddy would have to “relieve himself in an intelligent way” in the future. However, there are no plans to hire an assistant, although Salihamidzic said that “nothing will change in his extensive area of responsibility (professionals, young talent, team planning, scouting, transfer market, etc.).
But he prefers to talk about the game, still very professional. “Now we only want to win the cup final,” said Salihamidzic, referring to the duel with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday (8:00 pm in the LIVE-TICKER), then the premier class. “It’s our turn again!”