Rummenigge in 2015
|Full name||Karl-Heinz Rummenigge|
|Date of birth||25 September 1955|
|Place of birth||Lippstadt, West Germany|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Bayern Munich (Chairman)|
|1975||West Germany B||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Scores and results list West Germany's goal tally first.
|Rummenigge – goals for West Germany|
|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.||6 June 1978||Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba, Argentina||Mexico||5–0||6–0||FIFA World Cup 1978|
|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.||21 November 1979||Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgian SSR||Soviet Union||2–0||3–1||Friendly|
|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.||23 September 1981||Ruhrstadion, Bochum, Germany||Finland||4–1||7–1||FIFA World Cup 1982 qualifying|
|18.||23 September 1981||Ruhrstadion, Bochum, Germany||Finland||6–1||7–1||FIFA World Cup 1982 qualifying|
|19.||18 November 1981||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany||Albania||1–0||8–0||FIFA World Cup 1982 qualifying|
|20.||18 November 1981||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany||Albania||2–0||8–0||FIFA World Cup 1982 qualifying|
|21.||18 November 1981||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany||Albania||5–0||8–0||FIFA World Cup 1982 qualifying|
|22.||22 November 1981||Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany||Bulgaria||2–0||4–0||FIFA World Cup 1982 qualifying|
|23.||22 November 1981||Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany||Bulgaria||4–0||4–0||FIFA World Cup 1982 qualifying|
|24.||12 May 1982||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway||Norway||1–0||4–2||Friendly|
|25.||12 May 1982||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway||Norway||4–2||4–2||Friendly|
|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.||20 June 1982||El Molinón, Gijón, Spain||Chile||2–0||4–1||FIFA World Cup 1982|
|29.||20 June 1982||El Molinón, Gijón, Spain||Chile||3–0||4–1||FIFA World Cup 1982|
|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.||13 October 1982||Wembley Stadium, London, England||England||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|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.||23 April 1983||İzmir Atatürk Stadium, İzmir, Turkey||Turkey||3–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying|
|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.||26 October 1983||Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany||Turkey||5–1||5–1||UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying|
|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.||27 March 1985||Ludwigspark Stadion, Saarbrücken, Germany||Malta||6–0||6–0||FIFA World Cup 1986 qualifying|
|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|
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."
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.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1984–85||Inter Milan||Serie A||26||8||9||5||–||9||5||44||18|
|Switzerland||League||Schweizer Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Germany national team|
- He is the eleventh most capped player for Germany (inclusive of three East German Players)
- He is the fifth most successful striker for Germany (inclusive one East German player)
- He is the tenth most prolific scorer of all time in Bundesliga history
- With Bayern Munich he is the second most prolific scorer of all time in league history after Gerd Müller
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