After over 40 years… Hoeness steps down

Uli Hoeness

Uli Hoeness has stepped down as chairman of the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the past seven seasons and is not running for a new term in the next election in November.

Hoeness, 67, told Germany’s Bild newspaper on the sidelines of a golf course on Sunday that he would stay on the club’s supervisory board, explaining: “but I will give up my presidency when the time comes”.

Bayern will hold its annual meeting in November, with the General Assembly electing a new president of the Bavarian giant. Hoeness leaves the post as president of Bayern Munich after more than 40 years, for Herbert Heiner, who served as CEO of Adidas Sporting Goods from 2001 to 2016 and temporarily served as acting president of the Bavarian club in 2014. He is currently working as his deputy on the club’s supervisory board.

Hoeness joined Bayern in 1970 as a player and then retired nine years later to take over as director general in 1979. He led the club to win the Bundesliga title for 24 times, 14 cups, and the Champions League in 2001 and 2013.

Hoeness was sentenced in 2014 to three and a half years in prison for tax evasion, before benefiting from parole after 14 months in prison and since November 2016, he has regained his position as president of Bayern after leaving it as a result of his court ruling.

Hoeness stepped down as former international goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn returned to Bayern from 2020 in preparation for the succession of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as CEO of the Bavarian club in 2021.

Bayern started their league season on its stadium at Allianz Arena on Friday with a disappointing 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin, amid criticism of the club’s management and the failure to strengthen the team after the departure of French wing, Frank Ribery, Dutch wing, Arjen Robben, and the return of Colombian James Rodriguez to Real Madrid after his secondment. However, he has finally signed a secondment deal with the Brazilian, Felipe Coutinho from Barcelona and Croatian striker Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan.