FC Bayern’s honorary president Uli Hoeneß made people sit up and take notice with an anecdote about the legendary coach Giovanni Trapattoni. The 69-year-old also spoke about his successor Herbert Hainer and Dirk Nowitzki’s role as ambassador for German basketball.
“Trapattoni was also such an Italian. Very emotional. At the top euphoric and then again saddened to death and with great emotions,” Hoeneß compared in an interview with MagentaSport Bayern’s basketball coach Andrea Trinchieri with the former Bayern soccer coach. He also told an anecdote about the now 82-year-old. “Once he put down his contract with the language, with the haptics. He said: I have to stop. Then I said: I’ll put the contract in the safe with Karl Hopfner and you’ll be back in six months”, so Hoeneß.
When he succeeded as President of FC Bayern, Herbert Hainer, Hoeneß went into raptures. He therefore does not regret his decision to step into the second row. “I’m very proud that I chose him,” said Hoeneß: “With Herbert Hainer, I was sure from the start that it would work, and then Oliver Kahn as the successor to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. And then I got myself Also, when I found the two people, I decided not to compete again in November 2019 because I had the feeling: I created the most important thing for the club, namely a future. “
Hoeneß was satisfied with the development of the basketball department at the German record champions. In general, according to the ex-Bayern manager, European basketball has recently caught up with North America. “I think this year’s EuroLeague is not so far behind the NBA.” One must therefore work on “that basketball becomes the second force in Germany alongside football.”
When asked whether ex-NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki could play a key role in this, Hoeneß was skeptical. “Of course he still lives permanently in the USA and now with traveling and staying is difficult,” he explained. “If everything normalizes and he would only give the hint that he would be interested in having some kind of conversation – of course with Marko Pesic, whom I never want to get rid of here at all – then I can I can well imagine that with such a great name you can use the basketball project, but also for all of basketball in Germany, not just for Bayern Munich. “