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Uli Hoeneß applies for early release from prison

Will he make a return to Bayern?

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Uli Hoeneß has applied for earlier release from prison according to multiple reports across Germany. The decision is expected at some point in mid-January. If the release is granted, Hoeneß would find himself a free man (on probation) as of February 29, 2016.

Hoeneß was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after being convicted of €28.5 million in tax evasion. After the conviction, he declined to appeal the decision and resigned his position at FC Bayern. Following this, Karl Hopfner ran for and was elected as the club's new president at the General Assembly.

In recent weeks, Hopfner has reiterated his statement that if Hoeneß wants to be the club president upon his release, he will gladly stand down and allow the FCB legend to retake his throne. For his part, Hoeneß has not said anything with regard to the position.

Since being placed on a work-release program, Hoeneß spends his days working at Bayern Munich with the youth department. The club has been working tirelessly restructure the club's youth teams to ensure a better path to the first team, and Hoeneß has been a big part of that.

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