Adidas boss Hainer to take over from Hoeness at FC Bayern Munich

MUNICH, March 14 Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:42am EDT

MUNICH, March 14 (Reuters) - Adidas boss Herbert Hainer will become the new president and business chairman of German soccer club Bayern Munich, after the resignation of Uli Hoeness, the club's supervisory board said on Friday.

Uli Hoeness said on Friday he would accept a 3-1/2 year prison term for evading 28 million euros ($39.00 million) in taxes and would step down from Bayern Munich, the club he made into one of the world's most succesful football dynasties

Adidas, the world's second largest maker of sporting gear, owns an 8.3 percent stake in the club and has provided its kits for over 50 years.

Hainer was previously deputy head of the supervisory board at Bayern Munich.

"(Hoeness) helped turn FC Bayern Munich into one of the most successful clubs in the world, both on and off the pitch," Hainer said in a statement issued by the club's supervisory board. ($1 = 0.7180 Euros) (Reporting by Joern Poltz; Writing by Victoria Bryan)

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