Bayern Munich's annual general assembly on Wednesday was the club's first since president Uli Hoeness was charged with tax evasion. Hoeness has refused to resign, claiming he has the full support of the club and fans, but the general assembly presented the first opportunity for all of those people to show Hoeness whether that's true or not. The result was a standing ovation for the former West Germany international who made over 200 appearances for the club in the 1970s.
Hoeness was so moved by the support that he wept before addressing the assembly and saying "I will serve this club until I can no longer breathe." He will stand trial in March.
Of course, Bayern and Hoeness had plenty of good news to help ensure that support. Boosted by winning the treble last season, they announced a club record turnover of €433 million for 2012/13. Membership rose from 195,689 to 223,985. For context, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the two clubs with the highest income in the world, raking in €521 million and €490 million last year, respectively.
Bayern also formally announced plans to open an office New York City, which we told you about in October.
In short, the executives for the European champions could've just posed for the picture below, dropped a microphone and walked off without saying anything.
But here's more of Uli crying...
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