Life and work
He graduated from Bochum University in 1994, having written his M.A. thesis about baseball. He has covered popular music for fanzines and magazines, such as the German edition of Rolling Stone, but primarily writes about sports, predominantly (association) football.
Hesse has published articles in newspapers and magazines in a variety of countries, including England, United States, Sweden, Japan and Israel, and was the editor of the German-language edition of "Champions", the official UEFA Champions League magazine, for which he is now working as a contributing editor. Since 2002, he is a regular columnist for ESPN FC (formerly ESPNsoccernet), which has been called the world's most popular football website.
So far, Hesse has published five books. "Tor! The Story of German Football" (2002)  was the first extensive English-language history of German football and has since been translated into Japanese, Danish and Polish. One of his three German-language books was nominated for the Football Book of the Year Award.
Hesse is a Borussia Dortmund season ticket holder. He has listed the novelty song "Jilted John" by Jilted John as his all-time favourite 7" A-side and the punk rock classic "Born to Lose" by the Heartbreakers as the greatest-ever 7" B-side. For more than a decade he published as "Hesse-Lichtenberger", a name acquired through marriage. In October 2009 he went back to his birth name and now usually publishes as Uli Hesse.
- Tor! The Story of German Football (2002) Hardcover edition
- Tor! The Story of German Football (2003) Extended paperback edition
- Tor! The Story of German Football (2005) Japanese hardcover edition
- Flutlicht und Schatten: Die Geschichte des Europapokals (2005)
- Wie Österreich Weltmeister wurde. 111 unglaubliche Fußballgeschichten (2008)
- Mesut Özil: Auf dem Weg zum Weltstar (2012) with Andreas Spohr and Heiko Buschmann
- Tor! The Story of German Football (2012) Danish edition
- Unser ganzes Leben - Die Fans des BVB (2013) with Gregor Schnittker
- Who Invented the Stepover? (2013) with Paul Simpson
- Tor! The Story of German Football (2013) Revised and updated edition
- Tor! The Story of German Football (2014) Polish edition
- Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? (2014) with Paul Simpson
- Interviewed by Incendiary Magazine
- Interview on Bundesliga Talk
- Column about "Cyber Hooligans" and Wikipedia vandalism
- Description of Tor! from When Saturday Comes Publishing Company
- Tor! on Amazon.com
- Flutlicht und Schatten on Amazon.de