Docu-Drama Planned on Disgraced German Soccer Boss Uli Hoeness

Uli Hoeness

The president of top German team Bayern Munich was last week sentenced to three and a half years in jail for tax fraud of nearly $40 million.

German production companies AVE and Zeitsprung are at work on a docudrama on the life of disgraced German soccer boss Uli Hoeness.

Hoeness, president of top German soccer team, and current Champions League title holders, Bayern Munich, had a spectacular fall from grace when he was sentenced last week to three and a half years for tax fraud.

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The manager, who as a player won the World Cup with West Germany in 1974, admitted to hiding millions in profits made on the stock market in a Swiss bank account. His tax fraud is estimated to have cost the German state nearly $40 million (€28.5 million).

Hoeness approached tax authorities himself, hoping to get off with a fine but on the first day of his trial, he revealed the actual sums he squirreled away were nearly 10 times higher than previously disclosed. The judges decided to make an example of Hoeness, one of Europe's most prominent sports executives, and send him to prison.

The docudrama, called The Patriarch, will also look at Hoeness' rise at Bayern Munich before his tax dealings came to light.

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Friedrich Ani will pen the screenplay for the project, which AVE's Walid Nakschbandi and Michael Souvignier of Zeitsprung will produce. The companies are in talks with German channels and the part of Hoeness has not yet been cast.