At the Annual General Meeting, President Herbert Hainer spoke proudly of the successes but also the opportunities of the pandemic and how to deal with Joshua Kimmich.
Looking to the future with optimism: Bayern President Herbert Hainer. imago images / Philippe Ruiz
It all started with the anthem “Stern des Südens” before the indoor DJ evoked the “Conquest of paradise” during this annual general meeting, thus initiating a remarkable presentation: eleven trophies – for the professional team, basketball players, footballers and fans won over the past two seasons – were brought to the Audi Dome west of Munich, accompanied by the title song “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and presented to the 1700 members in attendance – out of a total of over 290 000 – members.
A proud collection, to which President Herbert Hainer, who opened the event, has referred to on several occasions. All of these titles, he said, are proof that FC Bayern do a great job and are also “absolutely competitive internationally”. “We set standards,” Hainer said, “and FC Bayern is also socially acceptable.”
Because compared to some other big European clubs, the Munich-based people are “not externally controlled and independent”, which is also demonstrated by the fact that “the Allianz Arena and the campus are 100% owned by us. % “. In addition, the German record champions are not in debt. And it should stay that way. This is why Hainer, in keeping with the club’s tradition, expressly emphasizes: “We will never sacrifice the seriousness of business management for short-term success.”
It’s not good to publicly pillory our Joshua Kimmich.
In the long term, however, club leaders agree, the objective must be to keep FC Bayern in this sporting elite. It doesn’t matter how difficult this Corona period can be and how hard it concerns FCB. But, said the 67-year-old, “this pandemic also offers us a great opportunity – if we are patient now and uphold our values. Then I have no doubts that we will ultimately win.”
Regardless of the fact that the COVID-19 problem recently attracted Munich residents more than they could have liked. Discussions about vaccination, quarrels over quarantined players and the latest positive cases among professionals have been hotly debated in public, as Hainer knows. The president again made it clear that the club’s position was clearly in favor of vaccination, but “it is not acceptable to publicly pillory our Joshua Kimmich,” the club leader said: “We are on our side. of our players and we stand up to protect ourselves from them. ”
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