A year after a memorable end with whistles and boos, FC Bayern Munich is hosting another annual general meeting today. President Herbert Hainer will present himself to the members for re-election in the Audi Dome. In the reports by the board of directors around Oliver Kahn and the executive committee around Hainer, the successes and figures of the past financial year are presented. The hot topic of Qatar, which was the subject of much controversy last year, will also come up again.
How big will the anger in the Qatar cause be?
That's the big question. Last year there was tumult in the hall at the end, Honorary President Uli Hoeneß even spoke of the "worst event I've ever experienced at Bayern". And now? In the run-up, the association invested a lot of time in dialogue with members and also organized a round table on the subject in the summer. The association's lucrative sponsorship relationship with Qatar Airways has been the subject of controversy for years. Member Michael Ott, whose unsolicited application caused a lot of trouble last year, has already announced that he will speak again.
What elections are coming up this year?
The most important election of the evening is that of the presidency. Hainer, who was chosen to succeed Uli Hoeneß in 2019, is standing for election, as are Vice Presidents Dieter Mayer and Walter Mennekes. "It's an honor for me to be part of this club with its unique fan community, and I'm therefore happy to stand for election by the members," said Hainer, who received an approval rating of over 98 percent three years ago.
What are the numbers?
Good numbers can be expected again. "Despite the difficult conditions, we are extremely successful in sport and at the same time keep FC Bayern on course economically," said Hainer before the event. After the Munich company still generated a net profit of 1.9 million euros in the 2020/21 financial year despite the pandemic, the profit should be larger again this time. Then the third pandemic season would have ended without a loss. CFO Jan-Christian Dreesen will present the AG figures for the last time. The 57-year-old is leaving FC Bayern next summer after more than ten years. Michael Diederich will be his successor. He is currently Spokesman of the Management Board of Unicredit Bank AG.
Where can I see the AGM?
According to the statutes, only members who have belonged to the association for at least one year or have been a member since January 1st, 2022 and have reached the age of 18 have access to the annual general meeting. All others can follow the meeting in the live stream on the association's website.