Bayern's president will step down at the end of the week, but has announced that he will again expel the "Attack Division" in the future. Would that be good for the club? The "duel of the week" with Robert Hiersemann and Florian Wichert.
Uli Hoeneß did not leave the swarms after the gala to say goodbye. "Fantastic", "dreamlike", "unbelievable" – your FC Bayern's 4: 0 (1: 0) Bundesliga classic against a disastrous Borussia Dortmund will be "remembered forever," the patriarch said. Gratefully, he added, "That's how I imagined my departure as president, which was a beautiful graduation." Hoeneß will step down next Friday. As a member of the Fiscal Council, he remains the club.
The fight for the championship will continue then. However, without Hoeneß. After nearly 40 years at Bayern's front line position, it ends its era this week.
Hoeneß: "Like a mother chicken"
But on Sunday night Hoeneß announced: "One journalist or another will have to endure now that I extend the attack on the department again, now that I have no official function," he said after Munich's basketball victory over Alba Berlin. In addition: "Whenever I hear and see harmless things, I'll keep the club like a baby." A good decision? or:
Should Uli Hoeneß finally close the "Attack Division"?
Yes he damaged his own monument
Uli Hoeneß and the "Attack Division": The whole Bundesliga once feared its clear statements. However, since returning to the post of president in 2016, she has smiled at attacks mainly because they often lose their fate for miles.
When he was reelected as president Hoeness Dortmund and Leipzig's martial "enemies" – for which he had to apologize correctly. A mistake, ok. But even with his statements to Özil ("He threw a lot of dirt for years") or Bernat ("He threw bullshit") changed the mood.
When he threatened DFB for alleged lack of support for Neuer with a boycott, he even waved at Bayern fans. And when Hoeneß called twice on Sunday to get rid of his anger over criticism of Salihamidzic, no one else took him seriously. The reactions? Irritation, compassion and the hope that the man on the phone will not completely destroy his own monument.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what happens when Hoeneß, as announced, now guards the club "like a hen mother." After his departure from Bayern's front row, his attacks are not only out of place – but also irrelevant. Hoeneß must focus on the tasks he really needs in the future – and be there, for example, as his grandchildren's grandfather.
No, because we'll never have someone like him again
20 German championships, 11 DFB Cup successes and two Champions League final victories: this is Uli Hoeneß's record as manager and president of the German record champion – Hoeneß is Bayern. And of course he is often infected and was considered a fan of other clubs as an enemy. But we wouldn't realize what we had in him until he was gone.
Hoeneß himself is Bavaria's biggest fan on this planet and one of the few in the Bundesliga who also says what he thinks. He is impulsive, unrestrained – and genuine. Even your worst critics need to recognize this. Or do you tell me another responsible person who is so in front of your club? Defended it with skin and hair.
In the future, who would break the double round of experts on Sunday morning to secure their sports director? No one. He just does it.
Generations of German soccer fans grew up with Hoeneß as Bayern's face and voice. Without him and his direct nature, most can no longer imagine this club.
You can replace Hoeneß in your role, but not as a person. It is good that it be preserved.
Florian Wichert (deputy editor-in-chief of t-online.de) and Robert Hiersemann (head of football and sports) comment on current football topics in the "duel of the week". This week are the last days of Uli Hoeness as president of FC Bayern Munich – also as a free podcast to listen to and subscribe to Apple, Spotify, Google, Deezer, Podigee and all podcast apps.