Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Rummenigge in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-09-25) 25 September 1955 (age 68)
Place of birth Lippstadt, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1963–1974 SV Lippstadt 08
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1984 Bayern Munich 310 (162)
1984–1987 Inter Milan 64 (24)
1987–1989 Servette 50 (34)
Total 424 (220)
International career
1975 West Germany B 1 (0)
1976–1986 West Germany 95 (45)
Medal record
Representing  West Germany
UEFA European Championship
Winner 1980 Italy
FIFA World Cup
Runner-up 1982 Spain
Runner-up 1986 Mexico
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Karl-Heinz "Kalle" Rummenigge (German: [ˌkaʁlˈhaɪnts ˈkalə ˈʁʊmənɪɡə]; born 25 September 1955) is a German football executive and former professional player. Considered one of the greatest German footballers, he was also the longtime Chairman of Executive Board of FC Bayern München AG, a daughter company of German Bundesliga team Bayern Munich.

As a player, Rummenigge had his greatest career success with Bayern Munich, where he won the Intercontinental Cup, two European Cups, as well as two league titles and two domestic cups. He also won two Ballon d'Or awards, in 1980 and 1981.

A member of the West Germany national team, Rummenigge won the 1980 European Championship and was part of the squad that finished runner-up in the 1982 FIFA World Cup and at the 1986 World Cup.

Rummenigge is a former chairman of the European Club Association, serving in that capacity from 2008 until 2017. He also served as representative of the European Club Association (ECA) to the UEFA Executive Committee from 2021 to 2024.[1]

Club career[edit]

Rummenigge with Bayern Munich in 1982

Rummenigge was born in Lippstadt, North Rhine-Westphalia.

He joined Bayern Munich in 1974, coming from the Westphalian amateur side Borussia Lippstadt, for a transfer fee of ca. €10,000. He immediately showed great strength as a dribbler. His scoring qualities were initially insignificant, but would find great improvement in later years, particularly after the arrival of coach Pal Csernai in 1979. In 1979–80, he scored 26 goals and became for the first time the Bundesliga's top striker, a feat he repeated in 1981 and 1984 with 29 and 26 goals, respectively.

With Bayern he won the European Cup in 1975 and 1976. In 1975, he did not take part in the final of the competition, whilst in the year thereafter a glass of brandy sufficiently prepared the nervous Rummenigge to contribute to the defeat of AS Saint-Étienne. In the same year he became also part of the team that prevailed in the Intercontinental Cup finals against Cruzeiro EC from Belo Horizonte.

In the era of coach Csernai he found in midfielder Paul Breitner a congenial partner and he formed such a formidable one-two-punch that they were only called Breitnigge (name invented by German newspaper Bild).

The club, then often dubbed as "FC Breitnigge", won in this period the Bundesliga title in 1980 and 1981, and the DFB-Pokal in 1982 and 1984. A renewed triumph in the European Cup was denied, when the club lost the 1982 final narrowly against Aston Villa. In the season before Rummenigge was top-scorer in this competition with 6 goals.

His substantial contribution to the successes of the club and the Germany national football team found also expression in personal honours. In 1980, he was named German Footballer of the Year and in 1980–1981 the European Footballer of the Year.

In 1984, aged 29, he was sold for a record fee of €5.7m[2] to Inter Milan. Despite a notable beginning, in which he helped the team to compete until the end for the 1984–85 Scudetto, Rumenigge's career in Italy was mostly marred by injury problems. At the end of his contract in 1987, Rummenigge moved on to Swiss first division club Servette FC in Geneva, where he saw his career out. In his last season, 1988–89, he had his last success, becoming top scorer in the Swiss league with 24 goals.

International career[edit]

Rummenigge (right) with Diego Maradona before the 1986 FIFA World Cup Final

With the West Germany national team he took part in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, 1982 World Cup in Spain and the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. In 1978, West Germany exited in the second group stage of the tournament. In 1982 and 1986, the team was runner-up behind Italy and Argentina, giving him the unique distinction of captaining the senior team to two silver medals in the FIFA World Cup.[3]

Rummenigge also took part in two European Championship tournaments. In the 1980 competition in Italy, West Germany defeated Belgium in the final by 2–1 to win their second UEFA Euro.

Altogether, between 1976 and 1986, Rummenigge amassed 95 caps and scored 45 goals for West Germany, including one in extra-time in the 1982 World Cup semi-final victory over France, and one in the losing 1986 World Cup final match against Argentina. He also scored a hat-trick in a group stage game against Chile during the 1982 World Cup.

Style of play[edit]

One of the most talented attacking players of his generation, Rummenigge was often lauded as a highly versatile forward, capable of playing as a second striker, winger, or flat-out centre forward. His main strengths were his pace, dribbling, heading and goalscoring ability, from both close range and from outside the box. He also had a penchant for scoring from awkward situations.

Rummenigge was also praised for his both-footedness, leadership and physical strength. However, his later career was greatly affected by injuries, in particular after his move to Inter Milan.

Bayern Munich management[edit]

Rummenigge (right) with Uli Hoeneß in 2013

In autumn 1991, Bayern Munich invited Franz Beckenbauer and Rummenigge to return to the club as vice presidents. Rummenigge held this position until February 2002, when he was appointed Chairman of Executive Board of the newly corporatised football department of the club (FC Bayern München AG).[4] According to the club, "in his role as chairman he is responsible for external relations, new media, board affairs and representing the holding company on national and international bodies."

During his tenure, Bayern Munich managed to move to their new stadium, Allianz Arena.[5] Oliver Kahn took over his CEO position at Bayern Munich from 1 July 2021.[6] Rummenigge was appointed a member of the supervisory board on 30 May 2023.[7]

Miscellaneous[edit]

In April 1983, the British pop duo Alan & Denise recorded a tribute song about his "sexy knees" in the song "Rummenigge". The single reached number 43 in German charts.[8]

From 1990 until 1994, Rummenigge worked as a TV co–commentator for matches of the Germany national team.

In March 2004, he was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers.

His brother Michael Rummenigge was also a noteworthy footballer. He played as forward for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund from 1982 to 1988 and 1988 to 1994, respectively. He also represented Germany on two occasions between 1983 and 1986.

Rummenigge and his wife Martina have three sons and two daughters born between 1980 and 1991.[9]

Rummenigge supports ending the 50+1 rule.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[11][12][13][14]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental[b] Other[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayern Munich 1974–75 Bundesliga 21 5 3 1 4 0 28 6
1975–76 32 8 7 2 9 3 2 0 50 13
1976–77 31 12 5 2 6 1 4 0 46 15
1977–78 29 8 3 0 6 6 38 14
1978–79 34 14 2 0 36 14
1979–80 34 26 3 5 10 5 47 36
1980–81 34 29 3 4 8 6 45 39
1981–82 32 14 7 7 9 6 48 27
1982–83 34 20 2 0 6 1 42 21
1983–84 29 26 7 4 6 2 42 32
Total 310 162 42 25 64 30 6 0 422 217
Inter Milan 1984–85 Serie A 26 8 9 5 9 5 44 18
1985–86 24 13 6 2 9 3 39 18
1986–87 14 3 5 2 5 1 24 6
Total 64 24 20 9 23 9 107 42
Servette 1987–88 Super League 28 10 28 10
1988–89 32 24 4 0 36 24
Total 60 34 4 0 64 34
Career total 434 220 62 34 91 39 6 0 593 293

International[edit]

Appearances and goals by national team and year[15]
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany 1976 2 0
1977 6 1
1978 12 4
1979 8 5
1980 10 4
1981 11 9
1982 13 9
1983 10 8
1984 8 1
1985 6 3
1986 9 1
Total 95 45
Scores and results list West Germany's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Rummenigge goal.
List of international goals scored by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 October 1977 Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany  Italy 2–0 2–1 Friendly
2 6 June 1978 Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba, Argentina  Mexico 3–0 6–0 FIFA World Cup 1978
3 5–0
4 21 June 1978 Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba, Argentina  Austria 1–0 2–3 FIFA World Cup 1978
5 20 December 1978 Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany  Netherlands 1–0 3–1 Friendly
6 22 May 1979 Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 1–1 3–1 Friendly
7 12 September 1979 Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany  Argentina 2–0 2–1 Friendly
8 17 October 1979 Müngersdorfer Stadion, Cologne, Germany  Wales 4–0 5–1 UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying
9 21 November 1979 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgian SSR  Soviet Union 1–0 3–1 Friendly
10 2–0
11 27 February 1980 Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany  Malta 7–0 8–0 UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying
12 13 May 1980 Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany  Poland 1–0 3–1 Friendly
13 11 June 1980 Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy  Czechoslovakia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 1980
14 3 December 1980 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 3–0 3–1 FIFA World Cup 1982 qualifying
15 2 September 1981 Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland  Poland 2–0 2–0 Friendly
16 23 September 1981 Ruhrstadion, Bochum, Germany  Finland 2–1 7–1 FIFA World Cup 1982 qualifying
17 4–1
18 6–1
19 18 November 1981 Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany  Albania 1–0 8–0 FIFA World Cup 1982 qualifying
20 2–0
21 5–0
22 22 November 1981 Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany  Bulgaria 2–0 4–0 FIFA World Cup 1982 qualifying
23 4–0
24 12 May 1982 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 1–0 4–2 Friendly
25 4–2
26 16 June 1982 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain  Algeria 1–1 1–2 FIFA World Cup 1982
27 20 June 1982 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain  Chile 1–0 4–1 FIFA World Cup 1982
28 2–0
29 3–0
30 8 July 1982 Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  France 2–3 3–3 (a.e.t.), 5–4 (pen.) FIFA World Cup 1982
31 13 October 1982 Wembley Stadium, London, England  England 1–0 2–1 Friendly
32 2–0
33 30 March 1983 Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania  Albania 2–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
34 23 April 1983 İzmir Atatürk Stadium, İzmir, Turkey  Turkey 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
35 3–0
36 7 June 1983 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Yugoslavia 4–2 4–2 Friendly (Jubilee match: 75 years FLF)
37 5 October 1983 Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Austria 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
38 26 October 1983 Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany  Turkey 2–0 5–1 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
39 5–1
40 20 November 1983 Ludwigspark Stadion, Saarbrücken, Germany  Albania 1–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
41 17 October 1984 Müngersdorfer Stadion, Cologne, Germany  Sweden 2–0 2–0 FIFA World Cup 1986 qualifying
42 27 March 1985 Ludwigspark Stadion, Saarbrücken, Germany  Malta 5–0 6–0 FIFA World Cup 1986 qualifying
43 6–0
44 17 November 1985 Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany  Czechoslovakia 2–2 2–2 FIFA World Cup 1986 qualifying
45 29 June 1986 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  Argentina 1–2 2–3 FIFA World Cup 1986

Honours[edit]

Rummenigge in 1982

Bayern Munich

West Germany

Individual

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Appearances in DFB-Pokal, Coppa Italia, and Swiss Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in European Cup, UEFA Cup, and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in Intercontinental Cup and UEFA Super Cup

References[edit]

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