Salihamidzic: Bayern to be part of 'improving' football in Singapore

Bayern Munich legend Hasan Salihamidzic expects the Bavarian giants of Germany to be part of Singapore’s footballing journey with tournaments such as the International Champions Cup 2017 and Bayern Youth Cup already in the pipework.

The 40-year-old is in Singapore over the weekend as part of Bayern’s Youth Cup and local legend Fandi Ahmad’s F-17 Football academy to scout for Singaporean youths between the age of 14 and 15.

The top 10 players from this tournament will then have a crack of playing in the Allianz Arena along with 100 over players from around the world that took part in Bayern’s youth tournament.

The guys here in Singapore, the level, is OK. Of course we have some work to do. They are very much disciplined, they have so much of hard work but maybe we have to improve their physicality and creativity in the next few years.

- Salihamidzic

“The quality of players here is always getting better and better every time I come. The football in Singapore is growing and developing as Singapore needs some time to grow.” said Salihamidzic who has a Champions League medal, along with six league titles with Bayern.

“FC Bayern don’t want to do this for one or two years as we want to be a part of developing in Singapore too.”

Over the past few days, ‘Brazzo’ as he was affectionately known to the Bayern fans, noticed that Singaporean youths have some good qualities in what it takes to be a top footballer but with time, they can be even better.

“The guys here in Singapore, the level, is OK. Of course we have some work to do. They are very much disciplined, they have so much of hard work but maybe we have to improve their physicality and creativity in the next few years.”

Advising the young footballers, Salihamidzic added: “Work hard! I set my goals way up high and achieved what I achieved. I continuously improved my game tactically, technically and eventually the scouts and coaches saw it but it is also important to focus on your education and be good in school as we want the best players and characters as they will be important in the team.”

FC Bayern is always looking for the good players. If there is a player who can play for Bayern and improve quality of the squad, I am sure FC Bayern will think about that.

- Salihamidzic

The Bundesliga is also no stranger to Asian players too. A number of Asian’s finest have had successful years at some of the clubs in Germany – Shinji Kagawa, Heung Min Son and Shinji Okazaki to name a few.

With these Asian players already making a mark in Germany, Hasan also hopes to see quality Asian players in his beloved clubs of Bayern soon as the footballing giants tap into the Asian market to further establish their brand of football.

“FC Bayern is always looking for the good players. If there is a player who can play for Bayern and improve quality of the squad, I am sure FC Bayern will think about that.”

He emphasised: “That is the reason we think we are active in Asia, we are going to China and a lot of countries and we will see what happens in the next years.”

Photo: Weixiang Lim