World football powerhouse Bayern Munich have named Herbert Hainer as the club's new president, according to FoxSports.com.
The announcement comes in the wake of Uli Hoeness' resignation on Friday after he was sentenced to three-plus years in prison for tax evasion. The 62-year-old German played for the Bavarian giants in the 1970s and eventually worked his way up through the management ranks.
Hainer, who will take over the new position immediately, had high praise for Hoeness' accomplishments during his time as club president, per FoxSports.com:
Uli Hoeness has always served Bayern Munich's best interests with his leadership qualities, his high personal involvement and his exceptional lifetime achievements. He has made a considerable contribution to Bayern Munich becoming one of the most successful and attractive clubs in the world, financially and sportingly, and we will always be extremely grateful to him for this.
The 59-year-old Hainer, who is currently the CEO of Adidas, has immense business experience and received a majority vote by the board.
Adidas announces Herbert Hainer will remain its CEO until March 2017. Took post in 2001.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) March 4, 2014
Although the move could spark future changes at Bayern, the focus this weekend will need to be on the pitch and the club's Bundesliga showdown with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Bayern were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Leverkusen back on Oct. 5 and will want to pick up three points at home despite their 20-point cushion in the league table.
Following the announcement of Hoeness' sentence and subsequent resignation, manager Pep Guardiola expressed the importance of putting the drama aside and focusing on the task at hand, per FoxSports.com:
"We've got to be able to concentrate on this game. I believe that Uli and other people in the club would want that. It's not easy for me to talk about this today - I wish I could speak better German to put my feelings into words better."
As already mentioned, Bayern are comfortably ahead in the race for the Bundesliga title this season, having won 22 of 24 matches and picking up at least a point in every league match since the season began.
Barring an epic collapse, the club is almost certain to win its 24th German league title this spring.
On top of that, Guardiola's side are through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League after disposing of Arsenal this past week. The defending European champions are sure to be favored in the coming rounds and will have an excellent shot to repeat their victory in May.
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