Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Karl -Heinz Rummenigge 2008

Karl- Heinz " Kalle " Rummenigge ( born September 25, 1955 in Lippstadt ) is a former German football player at the position of the striker, who played during his playing career, including for the FC Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

In the 1980s, Rummenigge was considered one of the best players in the world. With the German national team, he was European champion in 1980 and led them as captain in the World Cup finals of 1982 and 1986. With 162 goals in 310 Bundesliga games he currently occupies the eleventh place in the Eternal scoresheet. Since 2002 he has been CEO of FC Bayern München AG. He also serves as Chairman of the ECA.

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Rummenigge's father was active at Borussia Lippstadt and transferred his passion for football to his sons Wolfgang, Karl -Heinz and Michael. Karl -Heinz and Michael joined the Borussia and were promoted in footballing terms in the youth department. In a C - youth match Karl -Heinz Rummenigge noticed for the first time when he scored 16 goals in a 32:0 victory. Although he was regarded early on as a great talent, he did not make the leap to a national youth selection, but only in the Westfalenelf.

Club career

Rise at Bayern Munich

1974 Rummenigge received an offer from the reigning German champions Bayern Munich. The 19 -year-old broke off an apprenticeship as a banker and moved for a monthly salary of 8,000 DM from Lippstadt to Bayern. Their sovereign star Franz Beckenbauer had little time for the new purchase and commented: ". This is never a " But the shy striker, often derided as " Rotbäckchen " prevailed. In his first season, he completed 21 Bundesliga games and hit it five times, but finished with his club only a disappointing 10th place. 1975 won the Bavarians the European Champion Clubs' Cup, but Rummenigge was used only until the semi-finals.

The following season he won a regular place in the offensive of Munich and defended them in 1976 the title in European Champions Cup with a 1-0 victory over AS Saint- Étienne. Then defeated Bayern Cruzeiro in the final of the World Cup, Rummenigge's third title in Bavaria dress.

Leading players at Bayern

Rummenigge was now no longer an integral part of the team and supported striker Gerd Müller successful in the attack. In the late 1970s left Sepp Maier, Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller the team, leaving a large gap at Bayern. However, Rummenigge continued to develop and as a footballing personality and swung himself on to the guide players. Bayern brought in 1978 Paul Breitner back Eintracht Braunschweig, who with the winger Rummenigge on the field "blind" understood and could relate it to long passes in scene. 1980 won the Bayern first time in six years the German Championship, which Rummenigge with 26 goals scorer. After this season, he was elected to Germany and European Footballer of the Year.

1981 defended the Bayern the title, with 29 season - hits set Rummenigge his personal best and was again top scorer. At the peak of his, he was again named European Footballer of the Year and was the early 1980s as one of the best players in the world. 1982 was the club in the final of the European Champions' Cup, but it lost to the English representatives Aston Villa 0:1. In this game Rummenigge made ​​an unfortunate figure because he left out a variety of high profile opportunities. At the national level followed with two victories in the DFB Cup in 1982 and 1984 titles, including Rummenigge secured in 1984 with 26 goals for the third time scorer cannon.

From 1981 to 1984 he played at Bayern, together with his younger brother Michael Rummenigge.

With 162 goals in 310 Bundesliga matches ( rate: 0.52 Goals per game ) Rummenigge is the eleventh Eternal scorer in the Bundesliga, scoring after Gerd Müller 's second most goals for Bayern. In 64 European Cup matches he scored 30 goals for his team.

Inter Milan

In 1984, Rummenigge to Italian club Inter Milan, who paid ten to eleven million marks peel. This was then the world's second highest transfer fee, which was second only to the transfer of Diego Maradona, who moved for 24 million marks from FC Barcelona to Napoli in the same year. Expectations Rummenigge in Italy were not least because of the enormous high transfer fee, he should lead the team back to the championship. But he could not bring its peak performance - although he scored 24 goals in 64 games, but was marked his time in Serie A from many injuries. With Inter he won no titles.

Servette Geneva

After three years in Italy, he joined Servette FC Genève in 1987 in Switzerland. Here he trailed off and his career was in 1989 with 29 goals scorer of the National League A. At the age of 33 years, he ended his career in the summer of 1989.

Career in the national team

September 2, 1975 Rummenigge played for the first time in the jersey of the national team; with the B selection in Augsburg, he won 2-0 against Austria. October 6, 1976 Rummenigge made ​​his debut in the senior team in a 2-0 victory over Wales. Two years later nominated national coach Helmut Schön young winger for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. In the opening game had Rummenigge to defer the Schalke Rüdiger Abramczik. But in the second game against Mexico, in which he scored two goals, he played in the root formation. A third goal he achieved in the game against Austria, which was received later than " disgrace of Cordoba " to the German football history, as Germany was eliminated by a 2:3 defeat of the tournament.

In 1980, he was with the national team in Italy European champion and was voted the best player of the tournament. He thereby succeeded to score and he prepared in the finals with a corner kick the winning goal to make it 2-1 from strike partner Horst Hrubesch ago. After this personal success year - he had previously become German champions and top scorer - he enlisted in the national team of claims as a leading player. After 1981, he was appointed by Schön's successor Jupp, outfitted to the team captain.

At the World Cup finals in Spain in 1982, the new captain played a strong tournament and scored five goals, including a hat-trick in the group match against Chile in a 4-1 victory. Legendary was the horrified exclamation of French President François Mitterrand, as Germany was in the semifinals against France ( "Night of Seville" ) of the ailing Rummenigge on as a substitute in extra time after a 1:2 residue: "Mon dieu, Rümmenisch! "His surprise at the Substitutes he also shared with the professional world, the suspicion was Rummenigge after the quarter-final against Spain but prior to hamstring. Coach, outfitted apparently pulled out of desperation and the last card was right: Rummenigge scored after the French meanwhile seemingly unaufholbar were at 1:3 in the lead, the score back to 2:3, thus initiating the turn in a dramatic game, which according to the compensation was eventually won by Klaus Fischer ( Goal of the Year 1982) on penalties. The subsequent final against Italy but was disappointing overall: Rummenigge was forced off injured after 70 minutes, and Italy defeated Germany with superior 3:1. Rummenigge was voted the third best player of the tournament.

His third World Cup in Mexico in 1986, he played under his former teammates, team boss Franz Beckenbauer. Rummenigge, however, was handicapped from the start by injuries, was not traveling in peak condition for the finals and played only two games over the full distance. Germany again reached the final: Rummenigge scored in the 74th minute, the 1:2 against Argentina, but in the end won the South Americans to Diego Maradona 3-2. After the final, he stepped down as team captain and finished his career in the DFB jersey after 95 caps (45 goals).

Rummenigge was 51 times captain of the DFB - Elf and June 29, 1986 to December 18, 1993 Record captain before he was outbid by Lothar Matthäus.



  • Vice World Champion: 1982 and 1986
  • European Championship: 1980


  • World Cup winner: 1976 with FC Bayern Munich
  • European Cup Winners ' Cup: 1975 and 1976 with FC Bayern Munich
  • German Champion: 1980 and 1981 with FC Bayern Munich
  • DFB Cup winners: 1982 and 1984 with FC Bayern Munich
  • DFB - Supercup winner: 1983 ( unofficially ) with FC Bayern Munich


Activity as an official and commentator

Rummenigge served from 1990 to 1994 for the ARD as a co- commentator of internationals. He also started out in 1990 Campaign No power to drugs.

After the dismissal of Jupp Heynckes in the fall of 1991 as coach of the then-president of FC Bayern, Fritz Scherer, the former player Rummenigge and Beckenbauer retrieve decided, as Vice President in the club. At the General Assembly on 25 November 1991, this step was also formally completed. Rummenigge was henceforth to 2002 vice- president of FC Bayern. On 14 February 2002 he was finally appointed on the basis of the conversion of the football department of FC Bayern Munich in a AG Chairman of the Board.

Rummenigge took over on January 21, 2008, the function of the first chairman of the European Club Association ( ECA). He is also a member of UEFA's Professional Football Strategy Council.

Tax offense in 2013

In September 2013 Rummenigge was sentenced to pay a fine of 249,900 euros (140 daily rates in the amount of 1785 euros per ) after he tried to introduce two luxury watches at customs by the beginning of February 2013 at Munich Airport. He has a criminal record it.


Karl -Heinz Rummenigge is married and has five children. His brothers Michael and Wolfgang were also professional footballers. His nephew Marco ( * 1988) played until the summer of 2010 when SV Waldhof Mannheim and graduated from the German U-19 national team three games.


After the 2-1 victory of the German national football team on 13 October 1982 in Wembley against England scored twice Rummenigge from the pop duo Alan & Denise was ( Rummenigge, what a man) sung. A little later there was a German-language cover of Wolfgang Fierek & Cleo Kretschmer.