About nine months after his release from Prison, Uli Hoeness has returned to take control of Bayern Munich. He served a 42-month prison term for evasion of tax. The majority of the club members voted for Hoe, who was the only candidate for the election. On Friday, the 64-yearold became president again; with 108 votes against him and 58 abstentions.
He had to leave the position in March 2014, when he was caught and sent to Jail for avoiding taxes which amounted to about $37 million through an unannounced Swiss account. After serving half his sentence, he was released in February.
On a Press statement, he expressed gratitude to his family and that of Bayern for believing in him. At the Club’s annual general meeting, he showed his appreciation to the club’s management advisory board by pledging to fulfill all expectations as he was made the president the second time.
The turn up for the meeting was encouraging as more club members filled the venue which had a sitting capacity of 6000. The meeting did not start on time as club officials, and the new president begged their supporters to understand the situation. The venue was so crowded that a 2000-seat tent was installed instantly with screens to allow club members follow the meeting program. The frustrated members did not appreciate the arrangement for they wanted to sit in the main venue.
Bayern stated the notable increase in the number of followers from last year 270,041 to this year 284,041. A standing ovation was used to welcome the outgoing president, Karl Hopfner who served the club for 33 years. Hoeness never left the club while in custody. He used a work-release program to work in close collaboration with Bayern’s youth department while he returned to prison at night.
His times as a player saw him winning the 1972 European Championship and the 1974 World Cup with Bayern before he retired in 1979 due to severe knee cap issues. As a general manager, he guided Bayern to build its financial reserves to an incredible level unheard off. Present records dictate €260.3 million as the club’s largest expenditure.