FC Bayern president Uli Hoeneß couldn't hide his delight as his side clinched their 23rd national title
FC Bayern president Uli Hoeneß couldn't hide his delight as his side clinched their 23rd national title

Hoeneß: “We’ve set new standards”

Frankfurt - After two long years without a trophy, FC Bayern Munich clinched their 23rd national title and 22nd in the Bundesliga with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt, furthering their credentials as one of the world's best teams by wrapping up the ‘race for the plate’ with a record six games to spare.

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Nobody was more delighted with Bayern's unprecedented campaign than club president Uli Hoeneß, who has now won 50 titles in all competitions as a player, sporting director and president. Speaking after the game, the 61-year-old revelled in the Bavarians’ “super season”, hailing the team's "special performance" and the "extraordinary" Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Question: Herr Hoeneß, Bayern are the 2012/13 Bundesliga champions. How important was the manner in which you stormed to the title?

Uli Hoeneß: This has been an outstanding title success. To do it in such spectacular fashion and with so long left before the end of the season represents a very special performance from our team.

Question: How does it feel to win what the press are referring to as the 'Title of Records'?

Hoeneß: On the one hand I feel a great sense of joy, but on the other there remains a great sense of focus among us. We’ve achieved one of our goals, but we still want more. In my eyes the UEFA Champions League is the top priority, and when it comes to such a lofty targets there’s always a little nervousness that creeps in for me.

Question: So there aren’t any celebrations planned for today?

Hoeneß: There’ll be a big celebration at some point soon. However, first we want to turn a super season into a super-super season and we’ve certainly secured an important prerequisite for that today.

Question: Are the squad happy to put the celebrations on the back burner? We can hear a few South American sounds coming out of the changing room...

Hoeneß: They’re singing and dancing. They’re obviously delighted and should definitely let it out now. One beer is acceptable, but other than that they’re going to hold off the alcohol for the time being. We’re back in training at ten o’clock tomorrow morning and everyone wants to be at their best for Wednesday.

Question: Two years without a title had led certain Bundesliga fans to question whether FC Bayern were still the number one club in Germany. How happy are you about re-establishing your position at the top of the pile?

Hoeneß: The 20-point lead over Borussia Dortmund serves as a clear answer to what’s happened the last two years. I think we’ve set new standards with our performances this season.

Question: How will FC Bayern handle the rest of the Bundesliga season?

Hoeneß: It’s great that we can cross the Bundesliga as the first title off our list. We’re going to continue playing as if nothing has changed, though. It’s crucial for us that we maintain our rhythm until the end of the campaign.

Question: A word on Bastian Schweinsteiger, who scored the match-winning goal today...

Hoeneß: He’s having an extraordinary season and has emerged as a real leader. We’re absolutely delighted for him.

Reporting from Frankfurt: Alexander Dionisius