Uli Hoeneß worries about Bayern Munich: “It will be fun for us”

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Munich/Hanover – Bayern Munich Honorary President Uli Hoeneß (71) fears that the German soccer champions will find it increasingly difficult to keep up with other top international clubs in the future.

FC Bayern Honorary President Uli Hoeneß (71) is worried about the international competition in the Champions League.

FC Bayern Honorary President Uli Hoeneß (71) is worried about the international competition in the Champions League. © Moritz Frankenberg/dpa

“One almost has to worry that a few clubs from the Middle East in particular will be bought up in the next year or two. There is talk of Qatar wanting to buy Manchester United and Saudi Arabia wanting to buy Liverpool FC. Then it will be funny for them us. Then the game without borders is recorded, “said the long-time Bayern manager and president on Thursday evening in Hanover at a talk event of the Neue Presse.

Hoeneß sees two problems in dealing with investor funds in international football: that the regulatory measures, the financial rules of UEFA do not work. And that the 50+1 rule in German football prevents investors from entering a Bundesliga club.

“We would be totally in favor of the 50+1 rule falling because we are totally falling behind internationally,” said the 71-year-old about Bayern’s position.

Against this background, Hoeneß particularly likes the fact that his team recently won in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain, which belongs to a sovereign wealth fund from Qatar.

“It excites me to win against them,” he said. “The day before yesterday proved that money doesn’t always score goals. As long as they don’t play better than on Tuesday, I don’t have any problems with that.”

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