After 30 years at Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge will step down at the end of the month and will be replaced by former German captain Oliver Kahn, the Bundesliga Giants said on Tuesday. Rummenigge was due to see his contract expire at the end of 2021, but will leave six months earlier to meet the end of the June 30 fiscal year. “It’s strategically the most logical and sensible moment,” said Rummenigge, 65, Kahn and 51, as Bayern’s new term as president begins in August.
“It’s a happy and proud farewell. That was important to me,” he added.
Rummenigge’s departure heralds a new era for Bayern’s Julian Nagelsmann, 33, who will also replace Hansi Flick as campaign coach for the start of next season.
Rummenigge joined the club’s board of directors as vice president in 1991 and then became president in 2002, overseeing a period of tremendous success.
With Rummenigge on the board, Bayern won the Bundesliga 19 times and lifted the Champions League Trophy in 2001, 2013 and 2020.
A former striker who played for Rummenigge Bayern from 1974 to 1984, he made 95 appearances in West Germany.
He was a member of the team that won the European Cup twice and won the Golden Ball in 1980 and 1981.
However, Kahn has a matching genealogy before retiring from Bayern in 2008 after winning the Bundesliga title eight times in 14 years.
He earned the nickname ‘Vol-Kahn-o’ with his passionate and determined determination to win.
The former goalkeeper played 86 times in Germany to beat Brazil in the 2002 World Cup final and made 632 appearances for Bayern.
“Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has done an excellent job as president for more than 20 years for Bayern,” said Kahn, who has been named the next president since joining the club’s management in January 2020.
“During that time, the club has won everything there was to gain – you can’t value Bayern’s services well enough.”
“It’s time for me to take charge at the top of Bayern Munich.
“I’ve known all aspects of the club over the last 18 months.
“I know what challenges we face. I’m aware of the task, and I’m eager.”
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