Uli Hoeneß recommends Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge for management positions in FIFA and UEFA. Behind this is the resentment against the current top of the DFB. What speaks for and against. The football column.
The premiere of Uli Hoeneß as a TV expert was eagerly awaited. But for a long time the honorary president of FC Bayern held back with criticism, rather praising the performance of the German national team in the 3-0 win against Iceland and the work of Jogi Löw.
Only at the very end of the RTLBroadcast, the “Attack Department” came to light when Hoeneß massively criticized the DFB leadership with the exception of President Fritz Keller and conjured up an interesting idea with a view to the German representation in FIFA and UEFA .
“My suggestion would be that Kalle Rummenigge, who is leaving Bayern, should take over both offices at some point. Then the German football world would have the best representative one can have,” said Hoeneß: “He has a network, is accepted and recognized. “
Rummenigge would have a higher standing than Peters and Koch
And Rummenigge would also have time, after all, his position as CEO of the German record champions ends on December 31st. In addition, the 65-year-old has excellent contacts to many European clubs and also UEFA officials, as he was chairman of the Association of Top European Clubs (ECA) from its foundation in 2008 until his voluntary retirement in 2017 and in this role from 2015 he was already a member of the UEFA Executive Committee was.
However, there are two decisive reasons that make such a comeback on the big stage of world football highly unrealistic. On the one hand, Rummenigge, who has been a functionary for Bavaria since 1991, has emphasized several times that he wants to retire completely after his end of office. “There is no other scenario that I have in the back of my head,” he affirmed his plan in the fall of not wanting to have a plan for the time being.
So far, he has rejected a move to the FCB supervisory board as well as an advisory role. Instead, he had finally promised his wife more time together and at least a temporary relocation of the center of his life to his own house on the North Sea island of Sylt.
On the other hand, Rummenigge has categorically ruled out an association job like the one that Hoeneß has now offered. “I am completely unsuitable for an office in an association,” said Rummenigge only in September.
Organized professional football will no longer change its opinion, at least in public, that Koch and Peters are the best candidates. After all, the DFB Presidium with all four voting DFL representatives in the DFB Presidium gave a clear vote in favor of Koch and Peters at the end of October. After the application deadline for the two FIFA and UEFA bodies, their election is considered certain by sport-political insiders and is of enormous importance for Germany’s future standing in world football.
So Hoeneß ‘proposal for Rummenigge was not voted, nonetheless he expressed the majority opinion in the professional camp in his remarks. There is still considerable displeasure there with Koch, DFB General Secretary Friedrich Curtius and Treasurer Stephan Osnabrügge because of the ongoing power struggle with the former Freiburg President Keller.
Hoeneß: “Rummenigge would feel honored”
Therefore, Hoeness’ attacks on Thursday went in the same direction as those of the DFL, which Curtius even withdrew confidence and excluded from its meetings. “I am convinced that personnel consequences have to be taken here, namely changes. I am thinking specifically of the Secretary General, who I believe is completely overwhelmed in this position,” said the former Bayern President, who said nothing better about Osnabrugge and Koch Judged: “Rainer Koch also believes that he would be the right president. These three eternally dissatisfied people are trying to do business here and Fritz Keller is the one to suffer. If a sensible solution cannot be found so that anyone in this association can work quietly then it won’t work anymore. “
The question remains, what this sensible solution could be, because regardless of his suitability, partner Rummenigge, if a miracle does not occur, will not be available as a savior. Bavaria’s ex-captain Philipp Lahm, who was recently brought into play by some media for a leadership role in the DFB, is currently not interested in view of his role as organizer of the EM 2024.