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For the Love of the Game

Biographies / Memoirs, Non-Fiction

Uli Hoeneß shaped German football like no-one else

German football fans either love him or hate him, but if you want to understand why the Bundesliga is the way it is, there’s no getting around Uli Hoeneß. Max-Jakob Ost tackles the life story of the man who shaped German football like no other, whose biography reads like the amalgamation of the fates of an entire team. He’s been a World Cup winner and European champion, suffered a career-ending injury, became manager of Bayern Munich at 27 and won eight major titles. Hoeneß has also been known as a philanthropist, tax evader, the sole survivor of a plane crash, a millionaire, and prison inmate. There are Netflix series in which happens less. Ost spent four years researching Hoeneß’ life and the Bundesliga itself, interviewing Hoeneß’ friends, teammates and opponents.

  • Uli Hoeneß had a profound impact on the Bundesliga – this is the story of them both
  • Biography of one of Germany’s most famous and influential footballers
Max-Jacob Ost

Max-Jacob Ost is a sports journalist and lives in Munich. He is the founder and host of the football podcast 'Rasenfunk', which he has made into one of the most listened-to football podcasts in Germany.

For the Love of the Game

Uli Hoeneß shaped German football like no-one else

German football fans either love him or hate him, but if you want to understand why the Bundesliga is the way it is, there’s no getting around Uli Hoeneß. Max-Jakob Ost tackles the life story of the man who shaped German football like no other, whose biography reads like the amalgamation of the fates of an entire team. He’s been a World Cup winner and European champion, suffered a career-ending injury, became manager of Bayern Munich at 27 and won eight major titles. Hoeneß has also been known as a philanthropist, tax evader, the sole survivor of a plane crash, a millionaire, and prison inmate. There are Netflix series in which happens less. Ost spent four years researching Hoeneß’ life and the Bundesliga itself, interviewing Hoeneß’ friends, teammates and opponents.

  • Uli Hoeneß had a profound impact on the Bundesliga – this is the story of them both
  • Biography of one of Germany’s most famous and influential footballers
Bibliographic Data
416 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-35200-0
First published 2023