After 64-year-old Hoeness was released from prison back in February, having served 637 days - exactly half of his three-and-a-half-year sentence for tax evasion, speculation about his return to the German Rekordmeister began. On August 8, 2016 FC Bayern Munich published a press release on their official site at fcbayern.de confirming that Uli Hoeness is set for a return as President of the FC Bayern. The press release dated August 8, 2016 doesn’t leave any questions open. It says:
“Uli Hoene? is to stand as a candidate for the post of FC Bayern München eV president. Scheduled elections for the club president and committee will be held at the next FC Bayern München eV Annual General Meeting in November 2016 among members who are present and eligible to vote.
According to a survey by TNS Emnid conducted for German weekly news magazine Focus, some 53% of Germans were against a Hoeness return as FC Bayern President, while 33% are in favour of a return.
The return of Hoeness as president in November also means his return as Chairman of the Board. Since other members of the board include German Telekom, Adidas and Munich’s Allianz, the question was whether they would accept a previously convicted person as their chairman, but this won’t be a problem for the companies, which also own part of the FC Bayern.
Focus quotes Telekom: “His expertise for the tasks ahead of him is proven by his long years of successful work for the club.”