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FCB at 120: The big interview with Rummenigge & Hoeneß

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FCB at 120: The big interview with Rummenigge & Hoeneß

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:40 pm

Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have shaped the last five decades at FC Bayern more than anyone, first on the pitch and then in the boardroom. For the new book ‘Thank You for 120 Years of Passion’ to mark the club’s anniversary, the pair speak in a double interview about the history and values of our club. Here is an excerpt:

Interview with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeneß

UH: "We can’t and don’t want to close our eyes to our financial development, but we must never forget where we come from.”

KHR: “Franz Beckenbauer is also a good example of that. He never thought small after ending his career. In 1994, we won the title – and Franz was president and coach at the same time, which probably wouldn’t have happened anywhere else. And then he said: “Now we need international success too.” So, we invested in the team, signed players like Oliver Kahn and Mehmet Scholl. Two years later, in 1996, we won the UEFA Cup against Bordeaux. It never goes from 0 to 100 immediately, though. But it doesn’t go from 100 to 0 either.”

Hoeneß and Rummenigge played together at FC Bayern.

UH: “We often used to get players from Karlsruhe, Frankfurt or Berlin, clubs who found themselves in mid-table or even in the relegation battle. So, you wondered whether the new boys might settle for a draw in away games. With us, however, every attack really is an attack. And when you’ve scored the first goal, you want to score the second and third. The new players need to get that into themselves first.”

UH: “The awareness wasn’t there yet. Football also had a very different status in society. People came to important games and enjoyed themselves, but football didn’t take over the lives of the players, officials and fans. It just wasn’t as full-on as it is today.”

KHR: “Just to add to that, since we’ve spoken about the great, influential figures at FC Bayern: During my 10 years as a player at Bayern Munich, I never heard the name Kurt Landauer.”

Our greatest heroes, best goals and most important decisions – the book ‘Danke für 120 Jahre Leidenschaft’ ('Thank You for 120 Years of Passion’ is published by Die Werkstatt Verlag just in time for the club anniversary. The book is available from the FC Bayern Online Store

One of the great presidents of FC Bayern Munich, who built up the club before and after the First World War. Because he was Jewish, he had to step down in 1933 and then emigrated to Switzerland. He became president again after the Second World War.

 UH: “It wasn’t that long ago that we all got to know the history of the club. I also have to thank the young people, particularly in the south stand, who engaged so much with Landauer and said: “We’re a big club, so we’re also concerned with our history.”

Hoeneß and Rummenigge worked side-by-side for many years as the strike partnership and led FC Bayern to the pinnacle of European football. Hoeneß resigned his positions in November 2019.

UH: “We don’t necessarily need to be there. Even if a crisis ever emerges, we will have people who can deal with it, who will do their job, and therefore we can be very confident about the foreseeable future.”

KHR: “I have great faith in the people involved. They’re the decisive factor, as I’ve learned here. We have good people who you can trust. They’ll do a good job. The quality of the management combined with the quality of the people will ensure that FC Bayern continues to be successful in the future.”

Also in the current edition of 51: Manuel Neuer on his role as captain of the record champions
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