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Uli Hoeness steps down as Bayern president

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Uli Hoeness has stepped down as the president of Bayern Munich after 49 years of service to the club.

Uli Hoeness has decided to part ways with Bayern Munich after a long journey with the club. The German spent his last day at the office yesterday after being replaced by Herbert Hainer as the club’s president.

Uli Hoeness signed with Bayern Munich in 1970 as a player. He went on to win three Bundesliga titles, three European cups, an intercontinental cup. The German, along with Paul Breitner, Sepp Maier, Franz Beckenbauer, and Gerd Muller, represented one of the most decorated clubs of all time. Hoeness played 239 matches while scoring 86 goals.

Hoeness could’ve been on the pitch to land more honor for his side but he suffered a knee injury and eventually retired. In 1979, Hoeness became the technical director of the Bavarians – a position which he continued to hold until yesterday.

The 67-year old became emotional while giving his farewell speech. He thanked the club for their loyalty to him and recalled his career with Bayern. Uli Hoeness spoke on various topics ranging from his early injury, on his transition to manager from player, Bayern’s domination and becoming a football icon.

“When I dream of FC Bayern, then I think of it as a tanker that is sailing along the ocean. Ideally not shipping crude oil, with no containers as passengers, and no oil. No, it’s people: 293,000 members. And in the dinghies millions of fans. This tanker has to sail straight, not look to the left — and definitely not to the right [applause]. Then we all can be proud of this club,” Uli Hoeness said as quoted by Bild.