Bayern Munich: Uli Hoeness critical about play-offs idea in Bundesliga

Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is against the idea of play-offs in the Bundesliga. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is against the idea of play-offs in the Bundesliga. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images) /

The last few days in Germany have been dominated by the idea of introducing play-offs in the Bundesliga to decide the winner. Kicker confirmed that this idea is gathering pace. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich chief Oliver Kahn backed this idea if it brings excitement to fans.

It is still an idea, and there is a lot of work to be done before implementing the idea. For neutral fans and other clubs, this idea will be welcomed as it will increase the chances of having different winners in the Bundesliga instead of having dominance of Bayern.

Die Roten has been the standout team in Germany for the past nine years. They remain on course to retain the league title this season unless there is a dramatic slip-up and Borussia Dortmund maintains consistency until the end of the season.

Kahn’s decision to back this idea has certainly frustrated Uli Hoeness. The Former club president as rubbished this idea in his recent interview with Talk im Hangar (via iMiaSanMia). Hoeness believes that DFL will push the idea of play-offs to break the dominance of Die Roten.

"“Kahn said he’s open to a play-off system in the Bundesliga? That’s his opinion, not mine. I think it’s a joke. The team who has gone through thick and thin after 34 matchdays should become champion. This idea would only be a rule against FC Bayern.”"

Hoeness insists that introducing play-offs will completely contradict the idea of league football in Germany. A team showing consistency over 34 gameweeks is rewarded with the title, but the introduction of play-offs will ensure that there will be no guarantee that the best team will always win the title.

The Bundesliga could essentially become an extended version of cup competitions if DFL decides to introduce play-offs. The Champions League and DFB Pokal are two competitions for Die Roten where elimination can take place if you have one bad day. A similar situation will arise in the Bundesliga if play-offs are introduced.

Kahn has expressed his opinion about play-offs, but it remains to be seen other chiefs at Die Roten also back this idea. Nevertheless, there is a lot of groundwork needed and support from all clubs in the league to make this idea into reality. Until there are concrete talks, there will be a considerable amount of debate from ex-players about this idea.

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During this interview, Hoeness also heaped praise on Manuel Neuer as he is nearing another contract extension at Rekordmeister. The former club president also urged fans to be patient with Marcel Sabitzer since the Austrian midfielder has made a slow start to his career in Bavaria.