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President’s match raises €2.5 million for charity

The Uli Hoeneß Cup clash between Bayern and Barcelona attracted a capacity 71,000 crowd to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night. The top-quality friendly was a gift from FC Bayern München AG to Uli Hoeneß, marking the club president’s 60th birthday in January 2012. At the time, Hoeneß pledged to donate all proceeds from the match to good causes. Eighteen months later, the beneficiaries have now been revealed.

€2 million will be donated to the Dominik Brunner Foundation, providing the necessary capital to begin construction of the Dominik-Brunner-Haus. The Franz Beckenbauer Foundation receives €200,000, with buntkicktgut, a project promoting intercultural dialogue, receiving €150,000. And €150,000 will be donated to Kinderpalliativzentrum Großhadern, a hospice providing care for gravely and terminally ill children.

Hoeneß: A great honour

“I want to thank all of the fans who’ve come here today. I’d also like to thank the board of directors, who gave me this match as a gift,” Hoeneß said prior to kick-off on Wednesday, “it is a great honour for me that FC Barcelona, our opponents in the Champions League semi-finals, have come to the Allianz Arena today – it couldn’t be any better. And I’m especially pleased that I can help people who really need our help with the proceeds of this match.“