Bayern Munich to offer Pope Benedict XVI honorary membership

Bayern supremo Uli Hoeness would not hesitate to bring in support from the Vatican as his side look to make a bid for success on three fronts
Bayern Munich are willing to offer Pope Benedict XVI an honorary membership, club president Uli Hoeness has confirmed.

The Holy Father, Christened Joseph Ratzinger, was born in Marktl, a town 110 kilometres from Munich and Hoeness would be glad to welcome the native Bavarian into the club's 174,000-strong legion of members.

"If he gives us the word, we will go to him and bring him an honorary membership," the 60-year-old confirmed to Sport1.

Benedict would not be the first Pope to be given such a status. His predecessor, John-Paul II, was an honorary member of both Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.

Benedict XVI, 84, took power in the Vatican almost seven years ago after John-Paul II's death.