Uli Hoeness says Bayern Munich will be the richest club in the world 'in a few years'

The Bundesliga club's chief hailed his side's financial power and stated that Germany have realistic chances of fighting for the Euro 2012 crown
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has said that his side will become the richest club in the game in a few years' time.

The Bavarian giants have been in sensational form in all competitions this season, while their finances have also been a reason to rejoice.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated in November that Bayern are 'an example to follow', both on and off the pitch, and Hoeness has guaranteed that his side are financially well equipped.

"We will be free of stadium debt in six or seven years," Hoeness told Bild. "And then we will be the richest club in the world, based on equity.

"A club like Manchester City would be richer, but only because of their owner. We are independent and economically the healthiest team in the world."

The Bayern president then praised the work of Germany coach Joachim Low and added he trusts Die Mannschaft's title chances at Euro 2012.

"You have to take your hat off to Joachim Low and his team," Hoeness said. "The first half against Holland [3-0 win for Germany in November] was football from another planet.

"Based on this game, I am convinced that we will be European champions. The national team has what it takes to beat anyone."

Bayern are three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, while they will lock horns with Basel in the Champions League Round of 16.

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