Sandro Wagner sat down with Bayern’s club journal, Bayern Magazin, to discuss his return to Bayern Munich, where he spent over ten years of his youth career. After working his way through Bayern’s youth teams, Wagner went on to play for several clubs in Germany; MSV Duisburg, Werder Bremen, a brief spell at FC Kaiserslautern, Hertha Berlin, SV Darmstadt, and Hoffenheim before making his return to Bayern in the last winter transfer window.
Wagner’s true talent and ability as a striker really came to fruition during his two and a half seasons at Darmstadt and Hoffenheim, as he scored a total of 33 goals and made 12 assists across competitions in 84 appearances. His exploits at Hoffenheim even earned him several call-ups by Joachim Löw for the German national team, for whom he made 7 appearances in 2017, scoring 5 goals, all of which came in World Cup qualifying. Wagner remains hopeful of earning a spot in Germany’s squad for this summer’s World Cup amongst a bevy of talent that Low has to choose from at the striker position.
Wagner’s return to his boyhood club, he admits, bears a great deal of romantic sentimentality for him, having spent so much of his youth career there:
I don’t know how others perceived it, but that’s true for me. I grew up here, in my youth I was at the Säbener Strasse on an almost daily basis for more than ten years. I was in the South Stand or a ball boy for home matches at the Olympic Stadium, and the club has just captivated and fascinated me since then. Returning home really is a dream move for me.
Wagner also admitted that exploring other clubs across Germany was the best decision at the time for the development of his career after spending so much time at the Säbener Strasse as a youngster:
It would have been my big wish to play here from the start of course, like Thomas Müller or David Alaba. But I wasn’t ready for the big leap then for various reasons, I have to be honest. So I made a detour and tried to learn something new everywhere I went, not only in terms of football but in real life too. I’m very grateful for the experience I’ve been able to gain. Every single club and situation has made me the person I am today.
Lastly, Wagner made sure to highlight how thankful he is to see how much Bayern has grown as an organization since he’s been gone, and how much they still maintain the ‘family’ atmosphere in true ‘Mia San Mia’ fashion:
When I left the entire head office was located in the old administrative building, there was no underground car park and the professionals’ quarters were on the ground floor - it’s a three-story building now! A lot has changed here. On the other hand I was really glad to see so many familiar faces, people who were here ten years ago. It shows FC Bayern are a big club and a global brand but still pay attention to a family environment.
A brief look at Wagner’s journey throughout Germany: