Former Bayern Munich defender Breno has been jailed for almost four years after being found guilty of arson.
The Munich State Court sentenced the 22-year-old to a prison term of three years and nine months after finding him guilty of deliberately starting the fire which destroyed his home in the city last September.
The free agent, who was released by Bayern at the end of last season and was understood to have agreed terms with Italian Serie A club Lazio, was reported to be in a drunken state when the fire started in his home, shortly after his wife and children had left the building.
"I would like to apologise for that night," he said. "I have not been a good role model.
"I am just a person who believes in God and thanks him for protecting my family."
Breno's former employer Bayern responded by saying it 'regrets' the judgement.
"Our hope was that Breno would have been able to continue his career as a footballer and, consequently, his life together with his family," a statement read.
"FC Bayern will continue to support Breno."
Hoffenheim claimed a vital 3-1 win against second-tier Kaiserslautern in the first leg of the Bundesliga play-off.