Nottingham Forest linked with star who inspired Bayern Munich downfall 14 months ago

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Renan Bressan inspired BATE Borisov to victory v Bayern Munich in October 2012. Now a free agent, Nottingham Forest are said to be looking at him.

Last season Bayern Munich disposed of all comers. In fact only three teams beat them in 2012-13 - Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen and BATE Borisov.

The former pair you can probably understand - but Belarussian outfit Borisov stick out like a sore form.

So how did this team beat the mighty Bayern Munich of last season?

Well a large part of it was down to this man - Renan Bressan.

The Brazilian born playmaker moved to Belarus in 2007 to play for FC Gomel and soon became one of the best players in the country. He was the catalyst for that famous 3-1 defeat - with his guile and trickery causing his opponents all sorts of trouble, and he even bagged the third goal himself.

But now it seems that Nottingham Forest are just one of a handful of Championship clubs trying to sign him now he is a free agent.

So what has happened to the 2010 Belarussian Footballer of the Year after he swamped Bayern a little over a year ago?

Well like many of the BATE players he left the club after being offered good money to play in Russia for Alania Vladikavkaz. However the move was unsuccessful and Alania were relegated. He left on a free transfer from the financially stricken club earlier this year in rather acrimonious circumstances and has also been linked with Kuban Krasnodar, where he would join up with former BATE coach Viktor Goncharenko, Venezia and Tigre of Mexico.

Meanwhile Wigan Athletic and Brighton are also said to be keen - although the strongest interest appears to be coming from the City Ground.

The only issue would be what type of player they receive. Bressan’s only recent football was in a charity exhibition game - he has not played a full match since the 1st October.

But he is immensely talented, still only 25-years-old and a relative regular for Belarus, so should get a Work Permit. Lets not also forget he did tear Bayern Munich apart just 14 months ago - so he might just be worth a punt.

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