Maximilian Arnold is one of the most experienced players at VfL Wolfsburg. The midfielder can still clearly remember his beginnings with Lower Saxony and now looks back on a curious experience with Hasan Salihamidzic, today’s sporting director at FC Bayern.
Most football fans associate Hasan Salihamidzic with FC Bayern. Between 1998 and 2007 “Brazzo” played for the German record champions and even won the Champions League in 2001. After the end of his career, the German-Bosnian rose to the club management of Munich and now holds the post of sports director.
But in the 2011/12 season, Salihamidzic played for VfL Wolfsburg and ended his active career with Lower Saxony.
At the Wolves’ winter training camp in Dubai, the 45-year-old shared a room with Maximilian Arnold, who can still clearly remember the time they spent together.
“We always raided the minibar”
“I was in a room with Hasan Salihamidzic, which wasn’t easy,” said the 28-year-old in an interview with “kicker”.
Arnold revealed: “Brazzo told me what was on TV – namely golf and American football. I lay in my bed and learned for driving school. After all, we always raided the minibar and Brazzo paid the bill.”
While Salihamidzic ended his career after the season, Arnold was just getting started. The national player is now one of the veterans.
“Meanwhile it’s the case that I’m more and more taking the young players by the hand and giving them a few tips. That also helped me back then, when Marcel Schäfer, for example, took me aside,” says Arnold, who will play a key role under head coach Niko Kovac.