Brazilian defender Breno was once a highly-touted prospect for FC Bayern. But after spending time in prison after intentionally setting his house on fire, he finally made his return to the soccer field on Sunday for Brazilian side Sao Paulo.
Breno Vinicius Rodrigues Borges, more commonly know as just Breno, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison for arson back in 2012. After getting an early release for good behavior in 2014, he spent some time as a coach for Bayern Munich’s U-23 team.
The 25-year-old defender went back to Brazil and his boyhood club Sao Paulo in late 2014. He came off the bench in the 59th minute in Sunday’s game against Corinthians. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
“Anyone who knows me knows how hard it was with all that I have lived through in Germany,” said Breno according to Spox.com. “But I had to set my mind to give in everything to exploit every opportunity. Today is undoubtedly a very happy day.”
Breno started his career in Sao Paulo and signed his first pro deal with the club in 2007. In December of 2007, Bayern Munich paid the release clause of $13.2 million to bring him to Germany. He ended up staying with Bayern for four years until the jail sentence.
He has eight caps for the Brazilian national team and was part of the squad that won bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Breno has a contract with Sao Paulo that expires on Oct. 7.