Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

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 (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position 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)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Karl-Heinz "Kalle" Rummenigge (German pronunciation: [ˈkaʁlˈhaɪ̯nt͡s ˈkalə ˈʁʊmənɪɡə]; born 25 September 1955) is a German former football winger.

He had his greatest career success with German club Bayern Munich, where he won the Intercontinental Cup, the European Cup, as well as two league titles and two domestic cups.

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. He was also honoured twice as European Footballer of the Year.

He is currently the chief executive officer of the FC Bayern München AG, a daughter company of Bundesliga team Bayern Munich, as well as being the chairman of the European Club Association.

Career as player


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 striking 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.

Rummenigge in June 1982

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.

National team

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. The 1984 tournament in France is engraved as one of the most unsuccessful undertakings of the German national team. West Germany was already ousted in the group stage.

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

Style of play

Rummenigge was often seen as a complete and versatile forward and unlike his predecessor Gerd Muller did not score most goals from inside the penalty area and often scored individual goals and sometimes long-range goals. Rummenigge was often renowned for his dribbling ability and could work well with another striker or on his own. His great instinct allowed him to score frequently and scored over 200 goals during 10 years in Bayern.

International goals

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

Football management

From 1990 until 1994 Rummenigge worked as a TV co–commentator for matches of the German national team. In autumn 1991, Bayern Munich invited Franz Beckenbauer and Rummenigge to return to the club as vice presidents. Rummenigge held this position until 2002, when he was appointed Chairman of Executive Board of the newly corporatised football department of the club. 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."


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

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 1982–88 and 1988–94, respectively. He also represented Germany on two occasions between 1983 and 1986.

Rumenigge and his wife Martina have three sons and two daughters born between 1980 and 1991.[2]

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1974–75Bayern MunichBundesliga2153140286
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1984–85Inter MilanSerie A26895954418
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup League Cup Europe Total
1987–88ServetteSuper League28102810
Total Germany 31016242256430416217
Italy 642420923910742
Switzerland 6034406434
Career total 43422062349139587293


Germany national team

Career overview

Period Club Matches/Goals Titles Caps / Goals
1963–74Borussia Lippstadt
1974–84FC Bayern Munich310/162European Cup: 1975, 1976
Intercontinental Cup: 1976
German football champions: 1980, 1981
German Cup: 1982, 1984
German Super Cup: 1982
1984–87Inter Milan64/2417/5
1987–89Servette FC50/34-
1976–86Germany95/45UEFA European Football Championship: 1980 95/45
Also: Finalist at the FIFA World Cup: 1982, 1986. Finalist of the European Cup: 1982,
Personal Distinctions
1980 Bundesliga Top Goalscorer 26 Goals
1980 UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament
1980 German Footballer of the Year
1980 World Footballer of the Year – Guerin Sportivo
1980 Onze d'Or
1980 Ballon d'Or
1980 Bravo Otto
1981 Bundesliga Top Goalscorer 29 Goals
1981 European Cup Top Scorers 6 Goals
1981 Onze d'Or
1981 Ballon d'Or
1981 Bravo Otto
1982 FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe 5 Goals
1982 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball
1982 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
1982 DFB Pokal Top Goalscorer
1982 Bravo Otto
1983 Onze de Bronze
1983 Bravo Otto
1984 Bundesliga Top Goalscorer 26 Goals
1984 Bravo Otto
1989 Top Scorer Swiss League 24 Goals
1989 Swiss Foreign Footballer of the Year
2004 FIFA 100
2009 Golden Foot, as football legend


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  2. "GQ Alles zum Thema: Karl-Heinz Rumenigge" (in German). GQ. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  3. "Karl-Heinz Rummenigge". Fussballdaten.de (in German). Retrieved 8 July 2012.
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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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