Veteran Croatian striker Ivica Olic returns to Hamburger SV
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV re-signed veteran Croatian striker Ivica Olic from Wolfsburg on Friday, five and a half years after he first left for Bayern Munich.
The 35-year-old Olic passed a medical before signing a deal until the summer of 2016, Hamburg spokesman Joern Wolf told the Associated Press. Once Olic’s playing days are over, he has the option of working with Hamburg’s youth sides.
Media reports suggested Hamburg was paying Wolfsburg 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) for the striker, who has played 100 games for Croatia.
Olic scored 48 goals in 115 competitive games for Hamburg from 2007-09, when he joined Bayern. He helped Bayern to the league title in his first season at the club, and scored 13 goals in 55 Bundesliga games before joining Wolfsburg in 2012. He had 28 goals in 78 league games for Wolfsburg, which is second in the Bundesliga.
Olic said he told Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking he always wanted to return to Hamburg.
“When the inquiry came in I didn’t think about table position or the Champions League anymore. I already played so many games in the Champions League. I just wanted to go back,” Olic said.
Hamburg is one of a number of Bundesliga clubs fighting relegation after a difficult first half to the season.
“I know it will be a tough job but I’m looking forward to it, and hope that I can help,” said Olic, who ended his presentation after 18 minutes. “I’m impatient, I want to go to the team, to training.”