Former world champion Mats Hummels may face a move to Borussia Dortmund. Thus, the central defender would return to his former club after three years in the jersey of the German football champions FC Bayern Munich.
Hummels would not be the first player to return to his old workplace after an interlude in Munich. The German Press Agency lists a few examples:
Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund): One year before his golden World Cup goal from Rio Mario Götze changed in 2013 for 37 million euros from BVB to Bayern. There he scored 36 goals under coach Pep Guardiola in 114 competitive matches, but also had to contend with injury problems. Since 2016, the 27-year-old plays again in Dortmund, but has not reached his old performance.
Lukas Podolski (1 FC Cologne): As a 21-year-old Podolski came for ten million euros to Munich, but where he did not get out in three years, the status of a supplementary player. In 71 league games he scored 15 goals and then returned for another three years to Cologne, where he slipped back into the role of the service carrier and crowd favorite.
Andreas Herzog (Werder Bremen): Together with his coach Otto Rehhagel, the Austrian moved from Werder Bremen to Bayern in 1995. Both were not happy. Rehhagel did not have to leave prematurely after less than a year, and the midfielder ended the season. After the first three years in Bremen with championship and cup victory, followed by another five years on the Weser, which were crowned with the second DFB Cup triumph in 1999.
Olaf Thon (FC Schalke 04): The native of Gelsenkirchen spent about a third of his playing career at Bayern, where he was one of the regular staff and celebrated three championship titles. After six years in Munich he returned to FC Schalke 04. There, the former national player, who came at the end only sporadically used, ended his career after a total of 443 Bundesliga games.
Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen): Five times Werder, twice Bayern – Pizarro is a hiker between north and south. 20 years ago, the Peruvian first came to Bremen. From 2001 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2015 he was in Munich. He was celebrated for his goals in both Bremen and Bayern. Both clubs are now vying for him and would like to bind the sympathizer after his career in itself.
Ciriaco Sforza (1. FC Kaiserslautern): The commuter between two worlds. The Swiss moved in 1995 from 1. FC Kaiserslautern to Bayern Munich, but remained as a wishful player of Otto Rehhagel but fell short of expectations. After a guest appearance at Inter Milan Sforza returned to the Red Devils and celebrated in 1998 his biggest coup: champion with the promoted FCK. From 2000 to 2002, he played again for the Munich and won the 2001 Champions League, but sat in the final victory against FC Valencia but only on the bench. After that, Sforza moved to the FCK for the third time.
Tim Borowski (Werder Bremen): Born in Neubrandenburg, SV Werder was one of the top performers in the 2004 double. 2006 Borowski was in the German squad at the home World Cup, before he ventured two years later to move to Munich. But he did not get beyond the reserve role. After a year he remembered his adoptive home. Today he is assistant coach of the Bremen pros.