Hoeneß in 2013
|Full name||Ulrich Hoeneß|
|Date of birth||5 January 1952|
|Place of birth||Ulm, West Germany|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||Bayern Munich (president)|
|1965–1970||TSG Ulm 1846|
|1978–1979||→ 1. FC Nürnberg (loan)||11||(0)|
|1968–1970||West Germany Youth||17||(5)|
|1969–1972||West Germany Amateur||22||(3)|
|1971–1973||West Germany U-23||2||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Hoeneß was born in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg. The left-sided forward was recruited from amateurs TSG Ulm 1846 by Udo Lattek, then manager of Bundesliga giants FC Bayern Munich, at the age of 18, in 1970. The player immediately made an impact, scoring six times in 31 matches as the Bavarians finished in second position, behind Borussia Mönchengladbach, and adding the domestic cup.
During his eight-and-a-half-year stint with Bayern, Hoeneß enjoyed great success, winning a total of eight accolades, including three league titles and as many European Cups; in the 1973–74 edition of the latter competition, the final replay against Atlético Madrid, he produced one of his most outstanding performances ever, contributing with two goals to the 4–0 victory, in efficient counter-attacking moves. However, in the final of the following year's European Cup, against Leeds United, he suffered a knee injury from which he never fully recovered.
In late 1978, Hoeneß was loaned to Bayern neighbours 1. FC Nürnberg, where it was hoped he could get more match practice. His recovery failed, however, and he was forced to hang up his boots at a mere 27. He had appeared in 250 matches in Germany's top division, netting 86 times.
Immediately after retiring, Hoeneß was appointed commercial/general manager of Bayern Munich, overseeing a period in which the club enjoyed continued sporting success, winning the Intercontinental Cup, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup, 15 German leagues and seven domestic cups (before his arrival, the club had won only seven major trophies in its history).
During his reign, the club also experienced strong growth: revenue increased approximately by twenty-fold and membership of the club increased ten-fold to over 100,000, making Bayern the second largest membership-based football club in the world. Between 2000 and 2005 Bayern also built a state of the art stadium, the Allianz Arena, at a cost of €340m. It was also one of the venues during the 2006 World Cup.
As one of six Bayern players in the German squad, Hoeneß won both UEFA Euro 1972 and the 1974 FIFA World Cup. In the final of the latter, against Holland, he committed a foul on Johann Cruyff in the opening minutes that led to a goal from the subsequent penalty, but the hosts came from behind to win it 2–1; additionally, he also played with the national side in Euro 1976 in Yugoslavia, where he missed the decisive attempt in the penalty shootout loss against Czechoslovakia, skying it over the crossbar.
Despite his success, Hoeneß retained his amateur status until 1972, allowing him to take part in that year's Summer Olympic Games. There, he played alongside future Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, amongst others, as West Germany failed to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament, losing 2–3 defeat at the hands of East Germany, with Hoeneß scoring his only goal of the tournament; this historic match was also the first between the two Germanies.
Alleged tax evasion
On 20 April 2013, it was reported that Hoeneß is being investigated for tax evasion. He is reported to have held a Swiss bank account for the purpose of evading taxes due on investment income, and to owe between €3.2 million and €7 million in taxes to the German state. The reports came after journalists "gained access to a document meant only for internal use by tax officials." Prosecutors from Munich carried out raids in offices of two Bavarian tax offices after Hoeneß filed a complaint. Despite increasing public criticism, Hoeneß has remained in his position as president and chairman of the supervisory board of Bayern Munich.
Hoeneß has been sent to trial for tax evasion. The trial is scheduled to begin on 10 March 2014. The FC Bayern München AG supervisory board has a "unanimous opinion" that Hoeneß should continue in his role despite being sent to trial.
Hoeneß is a son of a butcher, and now co-owns a Nuremberg-based bratwurst factory. Hoeneß's younger brother Dieter also had a very successful career as a player in the Bundesliga. Also a striker, he represented the national team at the 1986 World Cup, at which Germany finished second. In 1982, Hoeneß was the sole survivor of the crash of a light aircraft in which three others died. Sleeping in the rear of the plane, he sustained only minor injuries.
Hoeneß has also provided financial assistance, either personally or through organizing benefit games, to other German league teams like FC St. Pauli, Hertha BSC, Borussia Dortmund, 1860 München and Hansa Rostock.
- Bundesliga: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74
- DFB-Pokal: 1970–71
- European Cup: 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76
- Intercontinental Cup: 1976
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