Uli Hoeness is expected to retake the reins at Bayern Munich on Friday. He resigned from his position as president of the German champions in March 2014 amid a tax evasion scandal, but is highly likely to be re-elected.
Bayern became the first Bundesliga side to win the Treble in 2013 with Hoeness as president. While his head-strong management style has often produced positive results, there are those that believe it could also taint the club's image.
Hoeness was released after serving half of the three-and-a-half-year jail sentence that forced him to resign despite a successful four-year presidency (2009-2014) in which Bayern won various titles including the club's fifth European Cup/Champions League.
Despite his criminal record, the club has paved a clear path for Hoeness to return as president, he will be the only candidate running for the position. Karl Hopfner, who replaced him in 2014, has refused to run again. A majority of the club's luminaries welcome the return of Hoeness with open arms.
"For Uli, there was never any other thought than coming back, FC Bayern is like breathing to him," said former Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, the man who secured that treble three years ago.
THE MULTIFACETED LIFE OF ULI HOENESS
On February 29, 2016, Uli Hoeness was released after serving just half of his three-and-a-half-year sentence for tax evasion. He somehow managed to slip away from at Landsberg prison near Munich unnoticed by the waiting media.
A bitter day for Hoeness
On March 13, 2014 Hoeness was convicted of evading 28.5 million euros ($30 million) in taxes and sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail. Prosecutors had asked the court for a sentence of five years and six months. One day later, Hoeness resigned as president of Bayern Munich - with immediate effect. He began serving his sentence on June 2, 2014.
"It's not over!"
This statement, which Hoeness made at an extraordinary general meeting of Bayern Munich on May 2, 2014, was interpreted as a signal that he intended to return to the club after serving his sentence. Here he is seen with Bayern's former sporting director and the chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Alongside Gerd Müller, Uli Hoeness was once part of the most prolific strike force in Europe, but at just 27, he was forced to end his playing career due to injury. Hoeness was part of the Bayern team that won both the Bundesliga and the European Cup three times. He was also part of a West German national team that won both the European championship (1972) and the World Cup (1974).
In 2013, Bayern Munich won the treble; the Bundesliga title, the German Cup, and the Champions League. "An unbelieveable year," said the club's president, who was still a free man, despite the fact that a warrant for his arrest on tax-evasion charges had already been issued.
Defiant, but emotional
The peak of Hoeness' career in football was followed by the lowest point of his personal life. At Bayern Munich's annual general meeting on November 13, 2013, the club's membership applauded their president, who was moved to tears. He ruled out resigning from his post.
A loyal friend
Hoeness was always there with a helping hand for a friend in need. Clubs like St. Pauli and even rivals Borussia Dortmund have been known to profit from his generosity. He also reached out to help former teammates like Gerd Müller, who struggled with alcohol, or players like Sebastian Deisler who suffered from burnout and Dietmar Hamman, who was stricken by alcohol abuse and compulsive gambling.
Politicians like German Chancellor Angela Merkel used to like to be seen with Uli Hoeness, but since his conviction on tax evasion, there has been a chill in their relationship. Merkel has said that she has a tremendous amount of respect for Uli Hoeness' charity work, but that this had been tarnished by a "sad facet" of his character.
In sporting terms, Uli Hoeness can do more than just kick a football, he also has a passion for golf. The former striker likes nothing more than to play a round at the course near the Tegernsee lake, around 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Munich. And who knows; maybe even the odd player transfer has come together over a round of golf.
For the most part, Uli Hoeness keeps his private life to himself. He has been married to his wife Susanne for 40 years and his two children, Sabine and Florian are grown up. Hoeness is said to have had a bit of trouble convincing his wife "Susi" to let him go back to being Bayern president. He has promised that this time, he won't be at the office 24/7.
Hoeness, the son of a master butcher, started up the HoWe sausage-making company in Nuremberg in 1985, and it now supplies major businesses such as Aldi or McDonalds. HoWe, which is where Hoeness made a lot of his money, has been taken over by his son Florian.
A stroke of luck
On February 17, 1982, Uli Hoeness was the sole survivor of the crash of a private jet, while he was on his way to a West German national team friendly. The three other people on board the plane died. Hoeness, who was asleep on the back seat of the plane when it crashed, remembers nothing about it.
Butt of jokes
Hoeness' tax-evasion conviction made him an easy target for jokesters. This float at the 2014 Carnival parade in Mainz portrayed Hoeness as a fool who scored an own goal by turning himself in to the tax authorities.
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*At least they sent him to Jail to warn others that no one is above the law..In Nigeria,na so so noise them they make.Jail a prominent person who has looted the Treasury and we will know they mean business..Other make una stop making noise all over please.