Former Bayern Munich defender Breno Borges makes comeback after 4-year prison sentence
Former Bayern Munich defender Breno made an emotional return to competitive football in the Brazilian Serie A when he came on as a 59th-minute substitute for Sao Paulo in their league match against Corinthians at the Estádio Cícero. The Brazilian centre-back was given a prison sentence of almost four years in 2012 after being found guilty of arson, but was released ahead of schedule as a reward for good behaviour.
Breno came on for Hudson in the second half and slotted in as a right defensive midfielder. He wore the number 33 shirt and played for about thirty minutes as the match ended in a 1-1 draw. The defender expressed his delight in an interview after the match, with it being his first game for the club since he left them in 2007.
"Anyone who knows me knows how hard it was with all that I have lived through in Germany. But I had to set my mind to give in everything to exploit every opportunity. Today is undoubtedly a very happy day.” said the Brazilian, according to Spox.
Breno was sentenced to prison for deliberately setting his own house on fire
Breno played youth football for Sao Paulo, and also signed his first professional contract with the club in 2007. After impressive performances during his one season at the club, he signed a four-and-a-half year contract with Bayern Munich worth €12 million.
He was loaned out to Nurnberg in-between his spell at the Allianz Arena after failing to make it into the first-team, usually playing as an understudy to Holger Badstuber. He made 21 appearances for the German giants and won one Bundesliga title with them, with his last appearance coming in April 2011.
The 25-year-old was released from Bayern Munich after he was sentenced to prison by the Munich State Court in 2012. He was found guilty of deliberately starting a fire which destroyed his home in the city and was reported to be in a drunken state when he did so. After completing a year of his sentence, he was released from the Stadelheim Prison on a day release. Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich used the opportunity to employ him as a trainer for their U-23 team shorty after.
The Brazilian U-23 international’s remaining sentence was suspended shortly before the end of 2014. He was officially unveiled by Sao Paulo later in December, although he was already registered to the club in 2012 as a player for the 2013 season. His contract with the Paulista club ends in October 2015.