Bayern Munich, the German champion, announced today, Tuesday, the departure of its legendary CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, at the end of this month, after 30 years in the corridors of the Bavarian giant’s management.
Rummenigge, former goalkeeper and captain of the team, is scheduled to succeed Oliver Kahn.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “A very successful era is coming to an end at Bayern Munich. At his own request and in close consultation with President Herbert Hainer, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge will resign as CEO of Bayern Munich effective June 30, 2021.”
He added: “Oliver was to succeed him on the first of July.”
Oliver Kahn: “Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has done great work for FC Bayern as CEO for more than 20 years. During this time, the club has won everything there was to win, and his services to FC Bayern cannot be valued highly enough” pic.twitter.com/8olK3Zd4GJ
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) June 1, 2021
While the 65-year-old Rummenigge considered it “the most appropriate time strategically and logically, it is the end of the task, and a new stage begins with a new group of coaches,” as Julian Nagelsmann will replace Hansi Flick.
Rummenigge, holder of the Ballon d’Or in 1980 and 1981, joined Bayern as Vice-President in 1991, and became CEO in 2002 in a remarkable era.
While Rummenigge was on the board, Bayern won the Bundesliga 19 times and won the European Champions League three times in 2001, 2013 and 2020.
As a player with Bayern Munich, striker Rummenigge, nicknamed “Record Meister”, won the German League title in 1980 and 1981 and the European Champion Clubs Cup (currently the Champions League) in 1975 and 1976.
Rummenigge played 95 international matches with West Germany, winning the 1980 European Cup and runner-up in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.