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Name Uli Hoeneß
Spelling Uli Hoeness
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
  Bayern President
Desc Uli Hoeneß was Bayern Munich’s general manager from 1979 to 2009 and has since been Bayern Munich president, except two years which saw him relinquish the role as he was in prison for tax evasion


Org Bayern Munich
Club as Player Bayern Munich


Herbert Hainer Bayern announced on Thursday that Hoeneß will not stand for re-election as president in November. Former Adidas chief executive Herbert Hainer is lined up as his successor
1979 05 01
Uli Hoeness become bayern president, following a career-ending knee injury, with Bayern carrying debts of seven million Deutschmarks (around 3.5 million euros in today’s currency).

2009 03 10 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich’s 4-2 defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen ends their part in this season’s DFB-Pokal] We reacted really well to going three goals down, but we failed to score a third of our own, and at the end of the day, we deserved to lose

2013 08 31 Retrieve

[Uli Hoeness on Pep vs Mourinho] Pep and Mourinho fought out an interesting battle in Spain over the course of several seasons and our coach came out victorious by a mile. There’s always a certain tension between them. I did not speak to Pep about Mourinho, but they aren’t the best of friends. Pep is our valued and respected coach. I don’t even want to judge Mourinho. The fact is though that we didn’t try to hire Mourinho but went for Guardiola. I’d say that we made a pretty clear statement with that

2013 09 22 Retrieve

[Uli Hoeness reacts to sporting director Matthias Sammer’s displeasure at a 2-0 win over Hannover] If you criticise the team too often, it becomes less effective. I’m in favour of occasionally criticising things to make sure nobody is getting carried away, but the situation at Bayern doesn’t merit any criticism at the moment. The people at Dortmund are laughing their are off. You almost get the impression that we have to apologise for a sovereign 2-0 win

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Bayern president Uli Hoeness suggests that Germany icon Matthaus should stick to sorting out his private life, after the former midfield ace claims that Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski is bound for Bavaria] Lothar was very busy dealing with women over the last few months. Now he deals with players of Bayern Munich. Maybe he changed his area of hunting

2014 02 23 Retrieve

[Uli Hoeness on new Fulham manager Felix Magath] I knew Felix would pop up again somewhere, but not in Germany. I knew his only chance would be abroad, where they don’t know him well. He goes well beyond the limits of physical challenges with players – he pushes players to ridiculous levels, well past the limit. For him it’s natural to squeeze the body of a professional player like a lemon, to its final drop. It goes well beyond the player’s body getting unhealthy. This can lead to a team’s short revival, but it also leads to long-term disaster. Felix Magath has proved that at every club he’s been. I would never want to treat human beings like he does. He should ask himself why all the players at clubs where he worked throw a massive party when he leaves. Even when he was successful, they still had a blast once he was out the door

2014 06 02
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was imprisoned from June 2, 2014 to February 29, 2016.
2016 02 29
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was imprisoned from June 2, 2014 to February 29, 2016.

2018 07 23 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness attacks Mesut Ozil who blames unfair discrimination over his meeting with the Turkish president] Ozil has been playing shit for years. He won his last tackle before the 2014 World Cup. All he is doing on the field is playing cross passes. Now he hides himself and his crap performance behind this photo. Whenever we played against Arsenal, we played over him, because we knew he was the weak point

2019 03 23 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has quipped that Pep Guardiola travels to see Sheikh Mansour and shows him videos of a transfer target to get the green light to make a big-money signing for Manchester City] My friend Pep told me what happens when he wants a player who costs €100 million. He gets some videos of the player and flies to see the Sheikh. Then there is an opulent meal, you look over the videos and the Sheikh transfers the sum [needed to complete the deal]. The next day the Sheikh turns the gas on a few millimetres further and he has the money back. I’m proud that in such cases we [Bayern] aren’t going to the credit department but the bank’s fixed-income department [instead]

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[Bayern grooms former goalkeeper Oliver Kahn as future CEO] With an eye on the future, we are convinced that Oliver Kahn is the perfect solution. Oliver Kahn knows football, he knows business, and he carries the DNA of FC Bayern. We are convinced that Oliver Kahn is the right man to lead FC Bayern into the future

2019 11 04 Retrieve

[Asked about the potential free signing of Alexander Nübel last April, Hoeneß made it perfectly clear how much rope Hasan Salihamidzic is given to play with] This is something that the sporting director does [Hoeneß promisingly began, before dropping the bombshell] because it is an investment under €25m, so I’m not responsible

2019 11 05 Retrieve

[Bayern will know more about Kovac replacement in three weeks] I can’t say what will happen the next weeks either. It’s not so important now, as we got three weeks now to consider how to deal with it. I think we did well.

We always had a good relation to Niko Kovac. We came to a mutual agreement. There is no dirty laundry to wash. I’ve had a phone call with him today, everything is fine. I got the feeling that he is now free from a huge pressure.

Now we play against Olympiacos and then against Dortmund. In three weeks in Dusseldorf we will know how to continue

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Out-going Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness said interim coach Hansi Flick could be named permanent boss and revealed Niko Kovac was fired because some of their stars wanted him out] The board should first be dealing with Hansi Flick. And I’ve heard that they want to do that in the next few days

[With two wins under Flick, Bayern have time during the international window] which we need to get a clear idea what we want. [adding the goal must be a] long-term solution. Until such a solution comes, I am of the opinion that Hansi Flick is not a bad choice. There were certainly elements within the team that wanted the coach gone [revealed Hoeness without naming names, although forward Thomas Mueller had said he was unhappy to be repeatedly benched by Kovac] That’s why the club leaders reacted accordingly

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Uli Hoeness had pictures taken of him naked in the shower during his time in prison by fellow inmates. Speaking of people trying to make money off him] It was hard to find that people I used to play cards with were down in my back to make money

2020 03 16 Retrieve

[Muller, Neuer & Flick all in line for new Bayern deals as Bundesliga giants seek to keep key men] I can’t say anything about that; the executive board decides that for us. I think Hansi Flick has done a super job thus far. At some point, the board will approach the supervisory board with a proposal. That will certainly now happen sometime in the near future

[Hoeness cannot see the German champions parting with any player that they consider to be key to the cause, with retention discussions having already been held] We have four or five important players whose contracts expire next year. I know that talks are happening currently with all of them, and I hope very much that everything goes successfully

2020 04 27 Retrieve

[Hoeness urges ‘best goalkeeper in the world’ Neuer to commit to new Bayern contract] I would very much appreciate it and would be very happy if Manuel Neuer would stay at Bayern for the next few years because he is still the best goalkeeper in the world. I also believe that Alexander Nubel’s signing is 100 per cent correct and was a brilliant decision by (sporting director) Hasan Salihamidzic

[Bayern’s players and board took pay cuts to help the club through the coronavirus crisis, and Hoeness is keen to see this continue] At FC Bayern it is a 20 per cent wage cut for April that is no longer refundable. After all, we don’t have any revenue from games without spectators that is reasonably offset by the wage cut. Basically, I think ‘ghost games’ are questionable, but given the economic situation of some clubs, they are vital and necessary

The DFL is working very well in this crisis situation, as the negotiations with Sky show. I would also be very happy if some fanatics for relaxing restrictions, who are currently not doing so well in the opinion polls, would be a little more restrained. sIt cannot be that even one more person dies for a week or two of fun [if football returns]. None of us can answer for that.

2020 05 08 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich’s honorary president Uli Hoeness claims Leroy Sane’s asking price will be considerably ‘different’ than it was in 2019] The price will be different compared to a year ago because he still had a two-year contract then and no cruciate ligament rupture. I think there is speculation from various newspapers without anyone having any idea how it all works. I think prices will go down quite a bit this year

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Bayern’s bosses to repeatedly insist that Neuer will continue to be the club’s first choice for the foreseeable future] I would very much appreciate it and would be very happy if Manuel Neuer would stay at Bayern for the next few years because he is still the best goalkeeper in the world. I also believe that Alexander Nubel’s signing is 100 per cent correct and was a brilliant decision by (sporting director) Hasan Salihamidzic

2020 05 30 Retrieve

[Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness wants Sane and Havertz to kick off ‘new era’ at Bayern] I believe that we are on the threshold of a relatively great generation. When I think that we managed to extend with Manuel Neuer, and we have Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Robert Lewandowski and hopefully David Alaba and Thiago Alcantara [also agreeing contracts], and I also hope with Leroy Sane, with [Kingsley] Coman, [Serge] Gnabry, a young, developable team. I can imagine, if everything goes well, that a new era is just beginning at Bayern Munich

We would certainly like to have Kai Havertz. But at the moment, it is so that one does not know exactly what the economic future of all football is. I would like to see him in Munich from a sporting perspective, but as of today I honestly cannot imagine it, although I would like to see it

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich can win the Champions League and DFB-Pokal to complete a treble of championships] If our team can preserve this form, we have a good chance of winning everything. I hope that the team can keep the rhythm. It’s really special to score 100 goals in a Bundesliga season. It’s a sensational achievement. The other [teams] have to work harder now. You can’t expect Bayern to work only half a day to make the Bundesliga more exciting

2020 06 29b Retrieve

[Bayern Munich will not be knocked off their perch at the top of the Bundesliga, honorary president Uli Hoeness has warned the club’s rivals in Germany] It will be difficult for the others to match us in the future because Bayern is well equipped for the future, even in this coronavirus crisis. You can’t expect people at Bayern Munich to work only half a day to make the Bundesliga exciting again

[Hoeness, though, is more bullish about the future and says Bayern will not go down a similar path] You can’t forget the upper limit of salary, so you can’t go any further with these discussions. When the coronavirus crisis is over, football will prosper once again