Hasan Salihamidzic has officially been promoted to Bayern Munich’s executive board today. He joins the board that’s already comprised of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn, Andreas Jung, Jörg Wacker, and Jan-Christian Dreesen. His official promotion comes less than 24 hours after reports broke that Bayern has reached an agreement with Manchester City for Leroy Sane and the completion of the medical for Tanguy Nianzou as he joins from Paris Saint-Germain.
He’s officially adopting the title of “board director of sport,” but he’ll still be performing all of the same roles and responsibilities he has been as sporting director and the club has no plans of finding a new sporting director.
Speaking to the press via video conference today, “Brazzo” referred to his time working in Bayern’s front office after a playing career there as a “labor of love” and is excited to step into the executive board (FCBayern.com): “[I see the promotion] as a great honor and a great obligation. It means recognition for my work as sporting director, but it also means I am not letting up for a second. The task is to manage FC Bayern together with my colleagues in the future in such a way that it remains as successful as it was under Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge with their colleagues. For me, FC Bayern is a labor of love.”
Club president Herbert Hainer offered his approbation of Salihamidzic’s promotion, saying that it was thoroughly deserved from all the hard work he has put into the club as sporting director: “He’s incredibly busy, day and night, has built up a large network, has continuously matured as a person since ending his playing career, and has earned the position on the executive board.”
Hainer also recalled his recollection of Salihamidzic as a player - a player that eventually became a crowd favorite at FC Bayern: “Hasan was an incredibly dynamic, cocky, unencumbered guy. We were all curious to see whether this boy from Hamburger SV would make it at FC Bayern. When he got going, it was like an explosion, a whirlwind, and he became a real crowd-pleaser. You had the feeling you could play him around the clock.”
Looking forward, Bayern has their eyes on two more pieces of silverware; the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League. They haven’t made it past the Champions League semi-finals since 2013 and Hainer said winning that title once again is on the top of the bucket list at FC Bayern. Salihamidzic, he believes, will be a big part of the club getting to that point, as he has lots of experience playing in the competition himself: “Our collective goal is to win this trophy once again. Hasan knows how to do that, he was there in 2001, he coolly converted a penalty back then - and I know he wants to get his hands on that trophy again.”
Salihamidzic echoed Hainer’s remarks about the Champions League: “We want an FC Bayern that’s established in the European elite. And the Champions League title is a very big goal for us. I’ll give everything to achieve it.”