Uli Hoeneß turns 60
Over the years, FC Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß has entertained FCB fans with both his skill and dedication on the pitch and many a colourful quote from the sidelines. To mark his 60th birthday,
...being top of the league in the 2011 winter break: "When you're 2,3,4 or 10 points off the pace, it makes you sick and you can't enjoy your weekends. But with such a good result just before Christmas, you can breathe easier for two months."
...the title race with SV Werder Bremen in the 2007/08 season: "They can stay at the top until Christmas. But Santa Claus was never an Easter Bunny. At the end, Bayern will be at the top, as always." He was right.
...his commitment to the club: "Uli Hoeneß would never let Bayern down. If necessary, I'd be the groundsman for a few months."
...the changing world of football: "I used to spend 80 per cent of my time with the players. Now I spend 80 per cent of it trying to make enough money to pay them."
...buying a merchandising-magnet like David Beckham: "There's no use in having a player who's going to be on the front page of Bravo Sport [a children's magazine]. We want someone who'll be on the front of Kicker [a respected football magazine in Germany]"
...fans' criticisms of a poor atmosphere inside the Allianz Arena: "That's populist tosh. Who do you think pays for all this? The people in the executive boxes, who we squeeze money out of. You're responsible for the bloody atmosphere, not us."
... Lothar Matthäus (l.): "As long as Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I have a say at this club, we won't let him anywhere near us, not even as groundsman."
...his 'archrival' Christoph Daum (l.): "He could work for another 100 years and never overtake us."
...former coach Jürgen Klinsmann (r.): "He should come over here instead of prancing about in California and letting us do all the work."
...former coach Louis van Gaal (l.): "With van Gaal we won the double and reached the Champions League final. As a person he was a disaster, but he knows how to do the job."
...current coach Jupp Heynckes (l.): "When Klinsmann was here we spent thousands on buying computers (...) Heynckes has a flipchart and five marker pens (...) With him win games for €12.50 and with Klinsmann we spent a lot to little end."
...big money offers from Real Madrid for Franck Ribery (l.): "The bailiffs will be in Madrid before Franck Ribery is."
...club executive director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (l.): "FC Bayern Munich is completely modern. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sits all day at a computer and has square eyes."
...publishing his memoirs: "A biography? From me? No. Never. If I were to write the truth about everything I've experienced, I'd need ten volumes and I'd have to emigrate to Australia afterwards."