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Uli Hoeness speaks out part 3: The future of Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft

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The Bayern Munich president gave his thoughts on how the Bavarians will approach spending over the next year.

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As any Bayern Munich fan knows, Uli Hoeness is a bit outspoken. The Bayern president sat down with the Sky Sports program “Wontorra -- der Fußball-Talk” and had a lot to say on a variety of topics. TZ captured all of his quotes including many on the team’s future plans and how Bayern is tied to Die Mannachaft’s World Cup hopes:

Planning for transfers and the Bayern budget

Hoeness breaks down when exactly he sees Bayern making a big purchase and the economics of modern football:

We’re collecting some money at the moment in case we need to shop for more next year. The players will decide that this season. I think it’s wrong to spend money just to fill the summer coverage gap for the media.

We don’t buy players just to buy players. The day is coming when we also will have to buy again. We want to promote players from our youth teams and also now and again sign an expensive player. That’s the way we want to go.

Permit me to recall that Real Madrid has not made any big transfers. It looks as if other big clubs are coming to their senses.

”You can toss all FFP in the trash — it’s worthless. It’s pushed ad absurdum every year and circumvented totally legally.

I think it’s more important to have a serious financial policy than to win the Champions League. Even if we had €500 million in our account, we wouldn’t make a transfer for €200. No man is worth €200 million.

FC Bayern gets €70 million a year from Sky & co. Manchester United gets €300 million a year from Sky.

The future of Germany’s professional leagues

Hoeness also expressed his thoughts about Bayern’s opposition to the 50+1 rule, tossing a few barbs Dortmund’s way for their support of it.

It would be better for us if the distance between us and other clubs was smaller. That increases the pressure. If you start out with a 15 or 20 point lead, the pressure isn’t as high. That affects the Champions League during the week.

We were in favor of abolishing the 50+1 rule. Not because we anticipate we’ll benefit. We want to give other clubs the possibility to set themselves up better financially. We don’t understand why Dortmund is opposed to abolishing it. They probably want to keep their competition small.

Local rival 1860’s constant struggles with their investor Hasan Ismaik on account of the 50+1 rule also drew Hoeness’s ire:

What is happening at 1860 with is a disaster. The 50+1 rule is being trampled under foot there. This chaos caused by bringing on board this investor has given ever more ammunition to the people who are against [the rule]. The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing there. They thus are a really bad example, which is bad for the debate [about the rule].

The goal is to make the fans and members happy and generate an annual profit. That’s the only basis for the future.

His own future and that of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

The contracts of both leaders expire in 2019. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is deliberating whether to continue. Hoeness is also beginning to think of life after FC Bayern, but he does not want to step down at the same time as his counterpart:

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s contract runs until the end of 2019; I’ve been elected until November 2019. We will use this year and a half to think about whether one or the other will continue. The immediate thing would be to ask Karl-Heinz whether he will continue beyond 2019 — which I would very much welcome. The hole left behind by the two of us will be great. No matter who does it — it’s going to be a difficult time. It is by no means possible for both of us to leave at the same time. We can’t do that to the club.

Die Mannschaft’s debacle

Hoeness thinks Bayern is the key to the German national team:

I am convinced that a certain fatigue came over us at the end of the season. It also affected the national team. One thing is clear: only when Bayern is successful, does the national team work. We have to work hard again — that was something I missed in the German team at the World Cup. I am confident that we will see strong performances from the national team over the next six to eight weeks.

Although Rummenigge and Hoeness have apparently negotiated a truce with the DFB after the two criticized Germany’s leadership in the wake of the Özil scandal and the World Cup knockout, Hoeness still argues that the national team should be under different management, echoing Rummenigge’s claim that the DFB was run “by amateurs”:

Hot takes are never good. I think it’s good to take one’s time, but in the end, one thing or another has to change. I’d be in favor of removing the national team from the DFB. The team should be led by a professional management.


BFW Analysis

Hoeness had some interesting thoughts on Bayern’s upcoming plans and also with how the German national team should be managed. With so much at play for Bayern, the team clearly has an idea that it will splurge a bit next summer in an effort to replenish the anticipated departures on the roster.

In addition, Hoeness was frank and explicit when stating how closely the success of Die Mannschaft is tied to Bayern. Maybe that is a good thing, maybe not. Regardless, Hoeness certainly has a point when touching on how closely the two entities are related.