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Report: Uli Hoeness will retire in November

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Reports from Bild state that Uli Hoeness will not stand for re-election as President of Bayern Munich in November.

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Uli Hoeness will not stand for re-election as President of FC Bayern Munich, according to Bild. The German outlet dropped a Bavarian bombshell announcing that the long-standing President is stepping down.

First elected President in 2009, Hoeness oversaw FC Bayern’s golden twenty-first century. During his tenure at the club, Die Roten won a total of forty-four trophies; including twenty-four Bundesliga titles, fourteen DFB-Pokals, and two Champions League trophies.

The period under Hoeness undoubtedly transformed FC Bayern into a powerhouse of the modern era. From the Allianz Arena to the stable finances, the 67-year-old has been pivotal in the success the world sees today.

Hoeness had suggested in February, after facing vocal criticism at Bayern Munich’s annual general assembly in December, that he might not seek reelection. In an interview with the club magazine, 51, Hoeness had stated,

I will include these new, surprising experiences in my deliberations over whether I will be a candidate again at year’s end.

He has evidently decided it is time to step away from teh club. Bild reports that Herbert Hainer, former CEO of Adidas and already a member of the club’s supervisory board, is Hoeness’ favourite to replace him as President. If Oliver Khan then replaces Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as CEO of FC Bayern AG in 2021, the club will embark on an entirely new era.

Danke für alles, Uli.