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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


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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 29 Retrieve

[Bayern president Hoeness to step down] Bayern confirmed in a statement that Hoeness will continue as a member of the Supervisory Board for the duration of his appointment through November 2023

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[Hoeness will continue as a member of the supervisory board and hailed Kahn’s return as the perfect solution following Rummenigge’s decision to step down] He was captain of Bayern and the Germany national team for many years, he has won almost every title there is to win, and he has always led the way with dedication and determination. Oliver Kahn knows football, he knows business, and he carries the DNA of Bayern. We are convinced that Oliver Kahn is the right man to lead Bayern into the future

2019 08 30b 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 09 19 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness wants the German FA to throw its support behind Manuel Neuer amid calls for him to be replaced in the national team by Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen] That’s a joke. I think it is not okay how the Munich press deals with that topic. The press in western Germany supports Marc-Andre ter Stegen extremely. As if he had already won 17 World Championships. And I do not see support from the southern German press for Manuel. It is not okay to bring such a topic to the public. He [ter Stegen] has no claim to play. For the keepers it is different than for the other players, because you can’t constantly switch

The hierarchy has to be clear and say: Manuel Neuer is the number one. He has been the best goalkeeper in the world for many years. He was injured for a while, but it was clear that only he can be the number one when he returns to his old form. And he has now. I would have expected more support from the DFB. We always have trouble with the DFB. First the removal of our three players and now the same with Manuel Neuer. It’s not okay to allow a team-mate to go public on a topic he’s only supposed to discuss with Jogi Low

2019 09 22 Retrieve

[Uli Hoeness believes France defender Benjamin Pavard will prove to be one of the best signings Bayern Munich have ever made] After only a few weeks, he has shown that he will be one of the best transfers we have ever made. It does not matter to me what a player costs. It has always been clear to me that he will prove to be an outstanding transfer, especially as he has a wonderful character

2019 09 25 Retrieve

[Uli Hoeness has warned Germany against picking Marc-Andre ter Stegen over Manuel Neuer, or else face missing out on a whole host of Allianz Arena stars] We would never accept that [Ter Stegen replacing Neuer as No.1]. [If Bayern are informed of the change] before it happens, we won’t send any players to the national team anymore.

[Hoeness released a statement via his office insisting he wouldn’t have made the comments] Immediately after the Champions League game against Belgrade, Mr Hoeness made some statements regarding the discussion about Germany’s No. 1 goalkeeper which he wouldn’t make again today with some time having passed. The topic is done for him and he won’t make any further statements on it

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness claims that Leroy Sane remains of interest to the club] We need to wait and see how his recovery is shaping up, and in January or February the new leaders will gather and think. He is a young coach without much international experience, but he has still won two titles and built a new team

The problem is that if we win, everyone says it’s not good for the league. But if we lose, they all demand the dismissal of those responsible, so I’d rather win the Bundesliga

Our fans and members would never accept that. We can only sell 30 per cent of our shares, anything beyond that needs a vote of the members and 75 per cent approval, I do not think that will ever happen. Our fans want a football club as a family, without debt and oligarchs, or countries as sponsors. I’m not saying it’s not okay, but we’re taking a different path

2019 10 06 Retrieve

[Club versus country’ issues occasionally occur when clubs attempt to protect their assets (players) or leverage them in order to exert influence. A notable example came in 2019 when Bayern Munich butted heads with the German national association (DFB) over the idea that head coach Joachim Low might select Marc-Andre ter Stegen over Manuel Neuer. Bayern president Uli Hoeness brazenly warned the DFB against choosing the Barcelona net-minder] We would never accept that [Ter Stegen replacing Neuer as No.1]. [If Bayern are informed of the change] before it happens, we won’t send any players to the national team anymore

2019 10 21 Retrieve

[Uli Hoeness says Niklas Sule can forget about featuring in Germany’s Euro 2020 campaign after suffering an ACL tear] Sule can forget the Euros. That’s all nonsense. He should focus on the next season now

2019 11 01 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that he ‘cried like a baby’ due to the support he received during his time in prison for tax evasion] My biggest mistake was my taxation. I deeply regret it and criticism of it is highly justified. In hard times, I remember the fates of some of the people that I saw in there. One day, somebody sat in my cell, even though he was free to go. He said he did not know what to do. At some point, he was just sitting in a taxi with nowhere to go. Experiences like that are not lost on me

[Bayern went on to win the Champions League that year, but it was bittersweet as the threat of jail time loomed] I knew that I would have to go to prison. Franck Ribery cried and the fans sang my name. That moved me beyond belief

[That unconditional support from the club’s faithful fans would continue even after Hoeness was prosecuted] Some of the letters I got in prison were so touching that I cried like a baby in my cell

When I look out the window in the morning, I’m happy with my 49 years at Bayern. I have not regretted a single day and I owe everything to this club – not even as an employee but I’ve always felt like the number one fan. I feel nothing but gratitude. I can only smile about [criticism]. I think the fans know that, deep down, I have always ripped open my a** and given everything for them

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

[Club president Uli Hoeness has revealed Bayern Munich parted company with Niko Kovac after members of the squad turned against him] There have certainly been currents within the team that wanted Kovac gone. That’s why the leadership reacted accordingly

[That result followed a 2-0 Champions League victory over Olympiacos and could safeguard interim coach Hansi Flick’s position] During the talks, which are due in the next few weeks, we will certainly talk first about Hansi Flick. One thing is clear: after such an outstanding week, with two convincing wins, you cannot say that we’re going to send Hansi Flick away and get someone who might only be able to work for a few months

2019 11 10b 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

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Herbert Hainer replaces Uli Hoeness as Bayern president] It was a wonderful time! That’s it, I’m finished

2019 12 30 Retrieve

[Uli Hoeness claim of Toni Kroos] We offered him our highest wage and we told him: ‘Take it or leave it’. He told me: ‘I’m leaving it’. It surprised me, but I like people like him, people with principles

2020 01 09 Retrieve

[Bayern’s former president Uli Hoeness suggested in September that they would return for Leroy Sane once he has recovered] We were very interested in him. We talked to him, but after his terrible injury we could not continue [discussions]. We have to wait and see how his recovery is going, and in January, February the [recruitment staff and board] will sit down and think about what’s going on

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