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Ulrich “Uli” Hoeneß, (born 5 January 1952) is a former German football player and current president of the football club Bayern Munich.


Hoeneß was born in Ulmmarker, Baden-Württembergmarker. The left-sided forward started his career at amateur side VfB Ulm. In 1970 Udo Lattek, the then coach of Bayern Munich recruited Hoeneß who was to stay for ten years with the club. In this period he enjoyed great success, winning the Intercontinental Cup, European Cup three times, four German football championships and the German Cup once. In 250 Bundesliga matches he scored 86 goals.

In the European Cup final replay in 1974 against Atlético Madrid he gave one of his most outstanding performances when he contributed two memorable goals to the 4–0 victory, demonstrating his excellent counter-attacking skills. However, in the 1975 European Cup Final against Leeds United he suffered a knee injury from which he never fully recovered and which eventually led to the end of his career at the age of just 27. In his last season he was loaned to Bavarian neighbours 1. FC Nuremberg, where it was hoped he could get more match practice, but Hoeneß' recovery failed and he was forced to hang up his boots prematurely.

International career

Hoeneß also played 35 times for the German national time. As one of six Bayern players in the Germany team he won the 1972 European Football Championship and the 1974 FIFA World Cup. In the 1974 World Cup Final against Holland he commited a foul on Johann Cruyff in the opening minutes that led to a goal from the subsequent penalty. In the final of the 1976 European Championship in Belgrademarker against the Czechoslovakiamarker he missed the decisive spot-kick in the shootout after extra-time, skying it over the crossbar.

Despite his success Hoeneß retained his amateur status until 1972, allowing him to take part in the Summer Olympics in that year. There he played for the German “Olympic Select”, amongst others with the later Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. The West German team failed to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament due to a 2–3 defeat at the hands of East Germanymarker, with Hoeneß scoring his only goal of the tournament in this match. This historic match was also the first match between the two Germanies.

Manager careeer

In 1979 he was appointed as commercial/general manager of Bayern Munich, where he has overseen a period in which the club has had continued sporting success, winning the Intercontinental Cup, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup, 15 German Bundesliga titles and seven German Cups. During his reign the club has experienced strong growth: revenue increased approximately by twentyfold and membership of the club increased tenfold to over 100,000 making Bayern the second largest membership based football club in the world. Between 2000–05 Bayern has also built a state of the art stadium, the Allianz Arenamarker at a cost of €340m, which was also one of the venues during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

In his combined career as player and general manager of Bayern Munich, Hoeneß has been involved in 2 Intercontinental and 4 European Cups, 17 Bundesliga titles and 9 German Cups plus one UEFA Cup triumph. To put this in perspective before Hoeneß arrived, the club had won a mere seven major trophies in its history.

Private life

  • In 1982 Hoeneß was the sole survivor of the crash of a light aircraft in which three others died. Sleeping in the rear of the plane he sustained only minor injuries. About an hour after the crash, a forest warden picked up Hoeneß who was roaming around, disoriented and shocked. The warden, who recognised him on the spot, reported that all Hoeneß could whisper was “I'm feeling so cold.” Hoeneß has no memory of the accident. It is said that this “miraculous” survival changed Hoeneß's life and he became a more compassionate person who has since helped many FC Bayern players through bad times, including Gerd Müller.

  • Brother Dieter Hoeneß (* 7 January 1953, Ulm) also had a very successful career as a player in the Bundesliga.


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