Reinhard Rauball

Rauball (born 25 December 1946 in Northeim ) is a German politician of the SPD, lawyer and football official. He became known as a multiple -President of the football club Borussia Dortmund as well as Minister of Justice of North Rhine- Westphalia. Since August 2007 he has held the chairmanship of the BVB next to the office of league President.

As an active footballer Rauball played in the late 1960s to the early 1990s at TSC Eintracht Dortmund.



Rauball, a son of the jurist John Rauball at the Ruhr- University Bochum, studied after graduating from the Dortmund- Leibniz -Gymnasium Law and received his doctorate there in 1972 on The municipal districts, district committees and district heads. Since 1975 he has worked as a lawyer in a law firm in Dortmund. In the 1990s and 2000s he made specifically as Sportrechtler a name and represented, among others, Katrin Krabbe, Nicole Uphoff and Graciano Rocchigiani and many dismissed coach of Bundesliga club.


From March 1, 1999 to March 8, 1999, he was under Prime Minister Wolfgang Clement, Minister of Justice of North Rhine -Westphalia. Just a week after his appointment to the cabinet was forced to resign Rauball because he was in 1994 became a member of the Supervisory Board of the U.S. company Euro gas without spending the obtain necessary permission for him as a notary by the Bundesnotarordnung. He had therefore to be expected from a disciplinary legal process of a court of his own division. Was overshadowed his term of sharp criticism in the press on him and his brother Wolfgang Rauball were responsible brochures of euro gas and related equity transactions that were " without substance."

In the course of monitoring and espionage in 2013 Rauball criticized " significant impairments of human rights" by arbitrary monitoring and praised the " selfless act" of the U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Football official

Rauball has, since 14 November 2004 on the third time President of Borussia Dortmund. With Gerd Pieper and Reinhold Lunow it forms the executive committee of the BVB. In his first term, from 1979 to 1982 he was the youngest president at age 32 in Bundesliga history. Even in the years 1984 to 1986, he stood in front of the Presidium of the Bundesliga as president. He is regarded as the savior of the BVB because he saved the club in each of its terms prior to the bankruptcy, most recently in 2005 and 2006 in collaboration with the two managing directors Hans -Joachim Watzke and Thomas Tress.

Since August 2007 Rauball successor to the late Werner Hackmann as chairman of the League Association. He was elected as the only candidate with the votes of all 36 professional clubs, his first term lasted until the beginning of the season 2010/11, before he was elected on 18 August 2010 for a further three years until 2013.

Other social activities

Rauball serves on the Board of Trustees of the Robert Enke Foundation.


Especially during his short political activity Rauballs share transactions have been heavily criticized. So he and his brother Wolfgang referred to, for example, by the investor protectors Heinz Gerlach as " Vermögensvernichter ". Let the brothers in the 1980s and 1990s, among others with TRV Minerals and euro gas brought highly speculative companies on the stock market and investors have lured with unrealistic prospects to buy. This investor had incurred losses in the millions.


Rauball lives in Herdecke. He is married and has two grown daughters.

His brother Werner Rauball from 1994 to 2007, the last mayor of the now merged with neighboring cities of Bitterfeld. This was also for many years a member of the SPD.