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Bayern president Uli Hoeneß turns 60

If you were to erect a monument to Uli Hoeneß, what would it be? A sculpture of him leaping to his feat in celebration of a Bayern goal? The players hoisting him on their shoulders after a famous victory? And what would he hold in his hand: the Champions League trophy? The Bundesliga shield? The famous savings account book? And how would you represent his role as the heart and soul of the modern Bayern Munich?

‘Mr FC Bayern’ turns 60 on Thursday. “He thinks Bayern, he breathes Bayern, he lives for Bayern, he is FC Bayern. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, his entire life,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, reflecting on the unique role at Bayern occupied by Hoeneß for the last 42 years, first as a player, then as general manager, and now as club president and supervisory board chairman.

“He’s made an enormous contribution to this club’s magnificent standing in the world of football,” continued Rummenigge, announcing a major birthday celebration for 13 January. “He deserves it,” continued the chairman, “and in his own way, he’s a party animal too.”