Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

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

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Rummenigge in 2015
Personal information
Full name Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Date of birth (1955-09-25) 25 September 1955
Place of birth Lippstadt, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich (chairman)
Youth career
1963–1974 Borussia Lippstadt
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)
National team
1975 West Germany B 1 (0)
1976–1986 West Germany 95 (45)
Representing  West Germany
FIFA World Cup
Runner-up1982 Spain
Runner-up1986 Mexico
UEFA European Championship
Winner1980 Italy
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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 was also honoured twice as European Footballer of the Year.

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.

Playing career

Club career

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 German national football team found also expression in personal honours. In 1980, he was named German Footballer of the Year and in '80–81 the European Footballer of the Year.

In 1984, aged 29, he was sold for a record fee of €5.7m[1] 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.


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

With the West German 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. 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 and won the trophy.

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

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

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).[2] 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." He announced that Oliver Kahn will take over his CEO position at Bayern Munich starting 1 July 2021.[3]


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.[4]

From 1990 until 1994, Rummenigge worked as a TV co–commentator for matches of the German 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.[5]

Rummenigge supports ending the 50+1 rule.[6]

Career statistics



Bayern Munich1974–75Bundesliga2153140286
Inter Milan1984–85Serie A26895954418
Servette1987–88Super League28102810
Career totals4342206234913960593293



Germany national team

International goals

Scores and results list West Germany's goal tally first.


Rummenigge in 1982

Bayern Munich

West Germany


  • kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1991–92[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]
  • Bundesliga Top Goalscorer: 1979–80, 1980–81, 1983–84
  • Goal of the Year (Germany): 1980, 1981[20][21]
  • Footballer of the Year (Germany): 1980
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1980
  • Ballon d'Or: 1980, 1981
  • Onze d'Or 1980, 1981
  • Bravo Otto 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
  • European Cup Top Goalscorer: 1980–81
  • FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe: 1982
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball: 1982
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1982
  • DFB Pokal Top Goalscorer: 1981–82
  • Swiss League Top Goalscorer: 1988–89
  • Swiss Foreign Footballer of the Year: 1988–89
  • FIFA 100
  • Bayern Munich All-time XI[22]
  • Golden Foot, as football legend: 2009
  • 'Best European Manager' at the Golden Boy Awards by Tuttosport: 2020[23]


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  3. "Oliver Kahn to succeed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as Bayern Munich CEO". bundesliga.com. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  4. "Official German Charts - Rummenigge". Offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
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  6. Pearson, Matt (7 September 2017). "Bayern Munich chief calls for abolition of 50+1 ownership rule". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
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  23. "Lewandowski and Rummenigge win awards at Golden Boy Gala". FC Bayern Munich. 14 December 2020.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bernard Dietz
West Germany captain
Succeeded by
Harald Schumacher
Preceded by
Paul Breitner
Bayern Munich captain
Succeeded by
Klaus Augenthaler
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