Former Bayern Munich defender Breno is to rejoin the club as a youth team coach as he serves out a jail sentence in Germany.
The 23-year-old Breno was sentenced to three years and nine months in 2012 after being found guilty of aggravated arson following a fire at his rented Munich villa the previous year. The Brazilian has now been offered a post to work for five hours a day with the Under-23 side, and he admits he is indebted to the club for being granted the opportunity.
“My time in prison was hard for me and I am pleased that Bayern have given me this opportunity," Breno said at a press conference. “Thanks to Bayern, I’m fine.
“I have changed as a person. I learned a lot in prison. My wife and my kids were behind me the whole time. I’ve thought a lot about God, and without God there’s not much."
Breno originally signed with the club in 2007 as a 17-year-old, but injuries curtailed his early career in Germany before he was sent to prison last year. He has the backing of Bayern's brass though, with sporting director Matthias Sammer saying, "WWe have a mandate to integrate these people back to life.”
Added club president Uli Hoeness: "Breno is a member of the big Bayern family, who once had problems. Now there is a glimmer of hope, and we want to give it to him."