Oliver Kahn speaks of a “big step”, Herbert Hainer refers to the “greater responsibility”, and Uli Hoeneß is certain: As the new sports director, Hasan Salihamidzic will have “another standing” at Bayern Munich from Wednesday. However, his vision, the previous sports director emphasizes, remains the same: “I want to win the Champions League and make history.” Preferably this summer.
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.”
Salihamidzic and Kahn see themselves as “Next Generation in Management”. Together they want “to add a new era to the great era that Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have shaped”, Salihamidzic told the “kicker”, in the club magazine “51” he added: “We will form a team that is scary has to work well to continue “. But you complement each other “well, because we trust and support each other”.
“He learned a lot”
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? Salihamidzic has since taken “a very good and very sustainable development”, Rummenigge emphasized to the “Munich Mercury” and the “tz”, “he has learned a lot”. He is now “established in his job and very valuable for FC Bayern”.
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. According to Hoeneß, he first went through a “steel bath” in Munich. He convinced with diligence, but looked too mobile in the external image.
“It’s our turn”
In addition to ambition and smartness, the bosses appreciate his good network, with Alphonso Davies the 43-year-old has shown 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 Hernández, however, has so far not been worth his money (80 million euros).
“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 p.m. / ARD, Sky and in the ntv.de live ticker), then it’s the Champions League. It will start again for FC Bayern on August 7 with the round of 16 second leg against Chelsea. Munich won the first leg 3-0. Salihamidzic goes for more: “It’s our turn again!”