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Name Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
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  Bayern Chairman
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Brother Michael Rummenigge

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Oliver Kahn Bayern Munich said that Oliver Kahn has been appointed to the executive board on a five-year contract starting in January. He won’t take over as chairman and CEO until Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s contract expires on Dec. 31, 2021.

1986 06 29 Retrieve

[Argentina win World Cup Final againsy West German] Our downfall was our happiness after we got the second goal. I think maybe we figured the game was ours

2009 04 09 Retrieve

[Bayern’s defeat at the hands of Barcelona left everyone stunned for differing reasons and those on the side of the German club were still reeling from the result] I saw our old friend Udo Lattek at half-time and he was crying. I do not know if they were tears of rage, tears of sadness or of pain. But it was significant after the lamentable display that we saw out there. We have lived through a bitter moment for Bayern here in Barcelona, without doubt. I want to talk straight and say that what we have seen has been ridiculous. I have to say sincerely that I do not know how I feel most: shaken, sad or angry after what I saw. We have been taught a lesson and that lesson hurts

[Rummenigge did not want any hasty calls for people to go or for changes to be made at the club, and hopes that they can regroup and aim to win the domestic title] With this result it is obvious that we are out of the competition. At this difficult moment we should remain rational and not exaggerate things. Above all we must not make meaningless and spontaneous decisions. We have to stick with what we have done well this season and try and win our last eight games in the Bundesliga and achieve our goals. We are a proud club and that pride has been dented tonight, above all in the first half. I can only ask that in the coming weeks the team gives everything possible

2011 07 14 Retrieve

[Jérôme Boateng fail to establish himself in Mancini’s first team and, following protracted talks between the two clubs, has negotiated a four-year contract at the Allianz Arena] There have been some intense negotiations and we have come a long way to reach a satisfactory conclusion. With Jérôme Boateng we have got our preferred candidate to play in central defence for Bayern Munich

2011 11 15 Retrieve

[GERMANY 2-1 THE NETHERLANDS, JULY 7 1974] The pressure was tremendous. The popular press was blowing up the old rivalry. We knew that, on the pitch, the Dutch were ready and waiting for us. I think it’s a true shame and pity that they regard football as an outlet for their hatred from the Second World War

2012 05 26 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Bayern Munich’s shoot-out loss to Chelsea] I went through it all in 1999, when we lost so dramatically [against Manchester United] to goals in the 89th and 92nd minutes. That was unbelievably brutal, but I almost have the impression this evening is somehow even more bitter, brutal and basically also unnecessary. The pain is unbelievable. It’s been one of those evenings when you ask yourself: wouldn’t it have been better to stay at home and not have to go through this?

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gives a brilliantly terse reply] Klopp’s arse will end up in our museum

2014 03 01 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Pep Guardiola] He combines quality and hard work in an unparalleled way. It’s no coincidence we’re writing this success story now and we show the necessary respect to every opponent. I’ve never heard Pep utter a single arrogant word. That really pleases me and that struck me in his time at Barcelona. Our popularity has never been so high before. That’s also down to Pep.

2014 11 15 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Diego Maradona] Diego is the best player [in history]. Personally I put him ahead of Pele. Pele never played abroad, except in America, which wasn’t as competitive. Maradona played brilliantly at Barcelona and especially at Napoli. He electrified, he got the entire city bouncing. He was incredible on the ball, [had] fantastic control. He was just an unbelievable figure, a player of the very highest calibre

2015 02 04 Retrieve

[Legendary ex-Bayern and Barcelona boss Udo Lattek dies] The news of the death of Udo Lattek has deeply moved us. His name is so closely associated with the rise of Bayern Munich in the successful 1970s. For decades he has been one of the great personalities of football - nationally and internationally. With him we lose one of the great men of FC Bayern - a personal friend of the club and myself

2016 10 22 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich Chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Accuses English Clubs of ‘Kidnapping’ Young Talent] We don’t want to bring some 10 or 11-year-old to Munich like the English do. You could almost speak of kidnapping with them and I would have moral reservations about that

[The 61-year-old chairman went on to discuss Bayern’s ground-breaking academy, which he claims solely focuses on players from Germany and Bavaria] A good age to come to Bayern is 14. Our priority will certainly be Germany and Bavaria. Our future talented players will much rather come from Rosenheim than Rio

2017 09 28 Retrieve

[Ancelotti sacked by Bayern Munich after defeat to PSG] The performance of the team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put to them. The game in Paris clearly showed that there had to be consequences. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and I gave Carlo an open and serious talk today and informed him of our decision. I would like to thank Carlo for his cooperation and regret this development. Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision based on Bayern’s interests. I now expect the team to have a positive development and absolute determination, so we can reach our goals for this season

2017 10 06 Retrieve

[CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Heynckes who said he wouldn’t have returned to any other club in the world] There’s a great mutual trust between Jupp Heynckes and FC Bayern. We’re very thankful to Jupp that he’s accepted the offer of head coach. He’s the ideal man for FC Bayern at this moment in time

2018 05 17 Retrieve

[Bayern are unlikely to sell Sanches, having made him their fourth-most-expensive signing in 2016] He comes back. Niko Kovac will try to bring him back to former strength. This is an exciting task

2019 05 14 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Kovac’s Bayern future not in question] It would be crazy to make the future dependent on one game. We [he and Kovac] have no problem with each other - it’s all straightforward. Nobody is questioning that he will be our coach next season. I think that if you coach [like this] in Bavaria in the first year, that is certainly a success. He is a young, relatively inexperienced coach.

2019 05 25 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirms Niko Kovac will be staying on as Bayern Munich coach] Of course, Niko remains coach, that has never been the subject of discussion. We have never questioned that. It is about winning prizes, that counts at Bayern Munich. And the coach plays a central role in this. For us, it has never been in doubt whether he would continue as the coach. The team was formidable today

2019 07 22 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Jerome Boateng’s future has not yet been decided] It’s not yet finally decided. We’ll wait and see what’s going on in the transfer market, and then we’ll discuss with him how we’ll proceed

I’m very pleased with Jerome, as well as with the rest of the squad, so he’s extremely focused and good, and the training and performance against Arsenal was very good. xxxx. xxxx. xxxx

[The German also confirmed he expects midfielder Renato Sanches to stay put despite rumours he could leave] Renato Sanches stays. He sees his future here. I am convinced that he will get more appearances this season than last season

2019 07 23 Retrieve

[Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has conceded that anything could still happen when it comes to Jerome Boateng who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, among others] It’s not yet finally decided. We’ll wait and see what’s going on in the transfer market, and then we’ll discuss with him how we’ll proceed

2019 07 23b Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge denies Bayern bid for Espanyol star Marc Roca] There has been no contact or negotiation with the club. But I understand he has a clause in the contract

[Rummenigge said of Boateng] He has behaved very positively within the team and collected bonus points

2019 07 30 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was annoyed by comments made by Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac about Manchester City winger Leroy Sane] I did not like what he said. We have a good relationship with Manchester City and our former coach Pep Guardiola. Sane still has a contract there. Neither optimistic nor pessimistic quotes do anything to help us in that matter

2019 07 31 Retrieve

[Regarding Niko Kovac’s quotes about Sane, Bayern chairman Rummenigge had said] I did not like what he said. We have a good relationship with Manchester City and our former coach Pep Guardiola. Sane still has a contract there. Neither optimistic nor pessimistic quotes do anything to help us in that matter

2019 08 01 Retrieve

[Kovac said recently that he is very confident of signing Leroy Sane this summer, though Rummenigge rebuked the coach for being overzealous] Sane still has a contract [at Man City]. Neither optimistic nor pessimistic quotes do anything to help us in that matter

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims Bayern Munich will not be making a move to lure Leroy Sane away from Manchester City in the current transfer window] No, people. Everyone knows what an ACL tear means and what that entails for recovery time. The player is a player of Manchester City. And if that is what he decided, then that’s his decision, potentially in consultation with the medical division of the [German] national team

[With Sane no longer in their sights, Bayern are looking to tie up a loan agreement for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho] I have a very friendly relationship with the president of Barcelona [Josep Maria Bartomeu]. That was perhaps a little helpful just now. The name didn’t factor in at all, but rather exclusively his quality. Philippe is a player who can raise our offensive potential with his technical quality. He also made a very good impression on us as a person. He wanted to come to FC Bayern. I’ve very happy about that

[Rummeinigge is reluctant to be drawn on whether Jerome Boateng could depart] I cannot say anything conclusive today about that. The transfer market is open until September 2. And then we’ll see how the whole thing develops

2019 08 19 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich asked retired Arjen Robben for permission before giving new signing Philippe Coutinho his old No.10 shirt] Hasan Salihamidzic [sporting director] and Niko Kovac [coach] have already agreed on all the tactical variants, and Hasan had a talk with Arjen Robben this morning. We did not want to give his number away for the time being, as a special gesture, but we also wanted to show how important and valuable this is. It was also a very important sign for Philippe that the club is also fully behind him, so Arjen has no problem at all, he wishes him all the best, and he is a more than worthy successor

2019 08 19b Retrieve

[Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told reporters Sanches will not being going anywhere] It is not appropriate to walk out of here angry after the first or second game. We will not sell him, that will not work, he would do well to calm down

2019 08 23 Retrieve

[Sanches departs Bayern in €25 million move to Lille] Renato Sanches asked us for the transfer because he wanted to join a club where he plays regularly. Unfortunately, we could not guarantee him this at Bayern. Match practice is also important for him because he wants to keep his place in the Portuguese national team for EURO 2020. I would like to thank Renato for his achievements and wish him all the best for his future on behalf of FC Bayern

2019 08 29 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski has extended his contract at Bayern Munich by two years, taking his time at the Bundesliga champions through to 2023] For me, Robert is the best centre-forward in the world and has been a mainstay of our team for years. Therefore, we are very happy that he will play at for Bayern for a long time to come. We are confident that with Robert, we will achieve our ambitious goals in the coming season and in the years to come

2019 09 30 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that the Bavarian giants are not keeping tabs on Manchester City winger Leroy Sane] To be honest I have no eye on him at all because I don’t speak about players of other clubs in public. The FIFA rules don’t allow that anyway. And I will always stick to that

2019 09 30b Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Transfer interest in Harry Kane could disrupt Tottenham’s long-term chances of keeping their team together] They have a good team. The question is whether they can keep this top team together for a long time, because Christian Eriksen’s contract expires next year. There are certainly also clubs that are interested in Harry Kane

Kane is a top player who, like Robert Lewandowski, scores an incredible number of goals. They are perhaps the two best strikers in the world right now. I hope Robert will do better than Kane tomorrow but it’s not easy to stop him, he’s a world-class striker

[Bayern president Uli Hoeness has since revealed Leroy Sane’s fitness will be assessed in January ahead of another possible approach. but Rummenigge is paying little thought to the situation] To be honest I have no eye on him at all because I don’t speak about players that are still under contract at other clubs. FIFA rules don’t allow that and I will always stick to that

2019 10 07 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has expressed his frustration with the French Football Federation (FFF) after their response to Lucas Hernandez’s withdrawal from upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers] I am irritated by the behaviour of the French federation. I would like to point out that Lucas Hernandez was not able to play in the Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur last Tuesday in London, nor in our Bundesliga match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday. The statement quoted by France coach Didier Deschamps was for Lucas Hernandez to be ready to ‘play with one leg’, which was very surprising to us. Of the four requested French national players, of course, we will send the three healthy players - Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso and Benjamin Pavard.

2019 10 08 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed that Lucas Hernandez should be spared international duty] I am irritated by the behaviour of the French federation. I would like to point out that Lucas Hernandez was not able to play in the Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur last Tuesday in London, nor in our Bundesliga match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday. The statement quoted by France coach Didier Deschamps was for Lucas Hernandez to be ready to ‘play with one leg’, which was very surprising to us. Of the four requested French national players, of course, we will send the three healthy players - Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso and Benjamin Pavard

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Bayern Munich could look to sign on-loan Inter winger Ivan Perisic on a permanent deal] We brought him in to play, and when he has played he has done well. He has scored a few goals. Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry are exploding, but Ivan is always good. I won’t rule [signing him permanently] out, he has had a good start to the season. We have an agreement with Inter to talk about it later, and we will also evaluate it with the player

[36-year-old Ribery moved to Serie A with Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina] Montella made a smart move. Fiorentina have played with two strikers and given Ribery licence to attack without forcing him to defend, so he can concentrate more on attacking. Against AC Milan he scored a masterpiece of a goal. He was always very good, it wasn’t by chance that he played for 12 years at Bayern and won everything. It surprised us a little that he went to Italy with Fiorentina because everyone expected him to go to Saudi Arabia or China, but he made a footballing decision and I’m glad he’s doing so well at Fiorentina

[On the subject of Serie A, Rummenigge also had praise for new Intermilan boss Antonio Conte, predicting that the former Chelsea boss could win the Italian title] I have been watching, their start has been good, apart from the match against Juventus. He can win the Scudetto. Conte is doing a good job. It is important they have a quality and trustworthy technician like him, and against Barcelona I saw a good game where Inter deserved to score another goal. Barca were lucky to win. Inter are a newly rebuilt team, it takes a little patience

2019 10 10b Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed his emotional reaction at having to dismiss Carlo Ancelotti] I can remember that when I had to dismiss Carlo Ancelotti, I was crying. Carlo understood the situation and hugged me, saying, ‘It’s okay, you’re not my boss anymore, but we’re still friends.’ I had to cry. He is a great character and a great coach, in the second season the results were not what the club expected. Carlo is a friend, an incredibly calm person even in the most difficult moments. Perhaps we should have waited a little longer before we let him go. He proved to be a great man

[Rummenigge spent three seasons in Serie A with Inter after a decade leading the line for Bayern, and though his time in Italy was marred by injury, he remembers the period fondly] My idol is President Ernesto Pellegrini. Talent helped me with the ball, but as a manager it is more complicated. No one can teach you anything, you can only observe leaders like Pellegrini. When you lose and you are criticized, you have to manage difficult moments. The president invited us to dinner, made us feel part of the team.

Intermilan is undoubtedly special, Bayern is also special in Germany totally different from other Bundesliga clubs. In Milan they told me: Inter fans are born not made. When I left Milan, my family had changed. Money and comfort are not everything. There is also humanity that in our world is not seen very often. Here is what I bring back from your country. Being good, available and open to the people

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said he cannot see Thomas Muller leaving the club in January] I can not imagine that. The relationship between Thomas and Bayern is totally intact and will remain an important part of our club

If Thomas would sit contentedly on the bench, he would be in the wrong club. That’s the reaction we even want, but he still has to deal with the situation seriously. He’s exemplary

2019 10 21 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has been very satisfied with Philippe Coutinho’s performances since his summer arrival from Barcelona] Philippe is a high-quality player. Philippe has no star attitudes. He is a very pleasant person and he is very popular throughout the club. We are very satisfied with the transfer

[Bayern have the option to purchase Coutinho on a permanent deal at the end of the season for £120m] We will decide about that when the right point in time has arrived

2019 11 03 Retrieve

[Bayern sack manager Kovac after Frankfurt humiliation] The performance of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was need for action. Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and serious conversation with Niko on this basis on Sunday with the consensual result that Niko is no longer coach of Bayern. We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, especially for winning the double this past season

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Hansi Flick will continue as Bayern Munich head coach until further notice following the 4-0 win over Borussia Dortmund] We will continue with Flick until further notice

[When asked if Flick would be in the role for the Bundesliga match at Fortuna Dusseldorf on November 23] You can expect that

2019 11 09b Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge will reach out to Arsene Wenger to clear the air after earlier confirming interim head coach Hansi Flick will remain at the helm in Bavaria for the foreseeable future] I have respect for Arsene. We will call and clear things up. I don’t want to have stress with him

2019 11 11 Retrieve

[Robert Lewandowski is being backed by Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to challenge the Bundesliga goal record of Gerd Muller that was expected to stand for eternity] You can’t do any better. I thought Gerd Muller’s record was for eternity. But I think Robert is the first player who could get close and put it at risk. It’s amazing that he scores one to three goals in each game, and of a quality to take your hat off to

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Bayern confirm interim coach Flick to stay on as manager] Last Saturday, Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidzic and I publicly announced that Hansi Flick is our head coach ‘until further notice’. And since we don’t want to be asked every Saturday whether Hansi will be our head coach for the next match, I’ll tell you, dear members: ‘until further notice’ means Hansi Flick will bear responsibility in terms of sport at least until Christmas, and potentially beyond. [Flick has an] impressive concept of training and tactics. His handling of the players is very good, and we like his pleasant demeanour. I’m telling you with absolute conviction: We trust Hansi Flick

2019 11 15b Retrieve

[Herbert Hainer replaces Uli Hoeness as Bayern president] I am sure that with these great personalities at the top, there is no need to worry about the future of Bayern

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich president targets top head coach amid links to ‘great’ Guardiola] Last Saturday, Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidzic and I publicly announced that Hansi Flick is our head coach ‘until further notice. And since we don’t want to be asked every Saturday whether Hansi will be our head coach for the next match, I’ll tell you, dear members: ‘until further notice’ means Hansi Flick will bear responsibility in terms of sport at least until Christmas, and potentially beyond. [Flick has an] impressive concept of training and tactics. His handling of the players is very good, and we like his pleasant demeanour. I’m telling you with absolute conviction: We trust Hansi Flick

[Guardiola - along with Erik ten Hag and Thomas Tuchel - is one of three men being considered] The board of directors will try to get the best coach for Bayern Munich. When I say the best, it means, on one hand, a coach who we want to have and, on the other, one who is available. Pep Guardiola is a great coach but he has a contract with Manchester City. For now I would say, let’s wait until the board comes to us. Then we will deal with the options. But in principle, we want to have the best coach at Bayern Munich

2019 12 01 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hinted that Hansi Flick could remain in charge of the club for the remainder of the season] We’ve agreed that we will sit down after the last game, discuss and possibly continue with him beyond the winter. The important thing in football is the quality of play and the game plan. And we have that with Hansi Flick. For me nothing has changed after last night’s game, we’re very satisfied with him.

2019 12 01b Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane could have been a Bayern Munich player, but slipped through the German team’s fingers] We had an interest in Mane, but somehow it didn’t work out. He then went to Southampton and later Liverpool. A shame

If I said something about Sane there would be trouble. And, above all, the price would not go down. Both are not good

[Rummenigge suggested that Flick’s good start to life at the helm, with four wins in five games, could see him get the job, at least until the end of the season] We’ve agreed that we will sit down after the last game, discuss and possibly continue with him beyond the winter

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Kovac took over from the legendary Jupp Heynckes in the summer 2018 and guided the Bavarians to a league and cup double in his first season at the club. But an indifferent start to 2019-20 saw Bayern eventually pull the trigger, with CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigg explaining at the time] The performance of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was need for action

2019 12 15 Retrieve

[Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in July when Renato Sanches’s transfer to the Ligue 1 side was confirmed] Renato Sanches asked us for the transfer because he wanted to join a club where he plays regularly. Unfortunately, we could not guarantee him this at Bayern. Match practice is also important for him because he wants to keep his place in the Portuguese national team for EURO 2020. I would like to thank Renato for his achievements and wish him all the best for his future on behalf of FC Bayern

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[When Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge relieved him of his duties as head coach in 2017, he was taken aback by Ancelotti’s response] It’s okay. You’re not my boss anymore but we’re still friends

[Rummenigge later admitted] I had to cry

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Flick set to stay on as Bayern Munich coach until end of season] There’s nothing to be said against it. I make no secret of the fact that we are satisfied with the development of the team and the quality of play. The results are also very good. There’s nothing to be said against it. Both parties are satisfied. He’s doing a good job

2019 12 22 Retrieve

[Flick to remain in charge of Bayern Munich for rest of 2019-20 season] We at Bayern are very satisfied with Hansi Flick’s work. Under him as head coach, the on-field development has been outstanding, both in terms of the quality of our play and the results achieved.

We set a new record in the 29-year history of the Champions League with six wins in six matches in the group stage, and in the Bundesliga we have returned to touching distance of the top of the table.

I am convinced that Bayern will continue next year where we left off in the last few games, namely playing attractive and successful football

2020 01 22 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich sign Real Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola on loan] After internal discussions, we decided to meet the request of our head coach Hansi Flick for defensive reinforcements and decided together on Alvaro Odriozola. We are very happy about the commitment and would like to thank those responsible at Real Madrid for the very friendly and cooperative discussions

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Rummenigge says Neuer is the best goalkeeper the world has ever had] We know what we have in him. We do not need to have a discussion about [how good he is]. But please understand that we have to have discussions with players and advisors first

[Rummenigge also expressed his belief that Neuer ranks above Bayern legends Sepp Maier and Oliver Kahn in terms of his impact at the highest level] I have seen everyone: Sepp Maier, Oliver Kahn - and now Manu. I have the greatest respect for Sepp and Oli, they were absolutely world-class. But what Manuel did was another thing: he took the goalkeeper game to a new level. Manu is the best goalkeeper the world has ever had

Honestly, we would be in the wrong game if we didn’t want to get a player who is considered the best youth goalkeeper who is free on the market

2020 02 04 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Guardiola wanted to play Neuer in midfield!] Manuel invented the art of being a footballer as a goalkeeper and revolutionised this position. I still remember how Pep Guardiola, after winning a championship, seriously came up with the idea of ​​putting him in midfield for a game

[Rummenigge admits he] found it difficult to dissuade Pep from this idea, which some of us felt might be interpreted as arrogance. But I am convinced that Manu would have done well in midfield, too

2020 02 08 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge speaks that the club’s former head coach Pep Guardiola nearly played goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in midfield for a game] I still remember how, after winning the championship, Pep Guardiola seriously had the idea to play him [Neuer] in midfield for a game. Only with great effort was I able to dissuade Pep from this idea, which some people would perhaps have interpreted as arrogance on our part. But I am convinced: Manu would have cut a good figure in midfield, too

2020 02 24 Retrieve

[Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also yet to decide if Coutinho’s purchase option should be triggered] Why is it [the transfer] not decisive? This is a difficult question. I think he played well in some games while in others he gave the impression of being a little inhibited. I don’t know why. The fact is that we all believe he is an exceptional footballer, we see him in training and sometimes during competitions. Everyone tries to help him, the coach, his team-mates. Now we have to hope that in the crucial weeks starting now, he will become an important factor in helping us win titles

2020 02 25 Retrieve

[CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge highlighting Philippe Coutinho’s inconsistent showings for the club] He has played well in some games. Sometimes he gives the impression that he’s inhibited. Everyone tries to support him. We must hope that he will become an important factor in the decisive weeks to come

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Bayern CEO Rummenigge hints that Flick could stay on as manager into next season] Our coach turned 55 yesterday. This is a good age. We’ll give you a pen in this red packet. Sometimes you sign papers with pens

It was a very good game and result from us. You have to say that the team did it pretty well what we gave them as a plan. It was a very good and focused performance over the whole 90 minutes. That’s why we are very happy that we could win this game with 3-0. We told the players that the first half was good but we still need to do more. We wanted to reward ourselves here. We really wanted to score a goal here. First half we missed several chances. In the second half we converted our chances into goals and so I can say that the team performed very well over the whole 90 minutes

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he is deeply ashamed of the banners unfurled by his side’s supporters in Saturday’s 6-0 win over Hoffenheim] It was the idea of the players, in consultation with the referee. From the point of view of FC Bayern I am deeply ashamed of this chaos. The moment has come when the Bundesliga, the DFB and the DFL have to take joint action against these chaotic fans. Dietmar Hopp is a very fine man of honour. Dietmar was totally emotional, which is understandable. I told him that I can only apologise for that. But I am sure that today will bring about a change in thinking in Germany. If I experience something like today, then I am shocked and don’t enjoy football any more. These people have no place in a football stadium anymore, absolutely no place at all. What happened there in the stands is not to be excused. That is the ugly face of Bayern Munich. We have had everything filmed and will take action with all our might against those who have discredited FC Bayern here. I think it’s good that the game ended like this. That was a real treat for the fans of Bayern Munich

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge appeals to the fans] Please do not travel to Berlin. Please do not gather around the stadium. All that contact should be avoided so that the virus cannot spread quickly

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has confirmed that plans are being put in place to head for the German capital] There is a decision about tomorrow’s matchday. Our match is on. The Champions League match next week has been cancelled. UEFA has informed us that the entire matchday will be postponed across Tuesday and Wednesday

[No supporters are due to be in attendance at that fixture] Please do not come to Berlin. Please do not meet in front of the stadiums. These are all contacts that we must prevent so that the virus does not spread quickly

2020 03 26 Retrieve

[Bundesliga giants make €20 million donation to help fellow clubs through coronavirus pandemic] Together with the three other Champions League participants, we want to send a signal of solidarity to all clubs in the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga with this initiative. In these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders. With this, we also want to show that football is standing together right now

2020 03 28 Retrieve

[Bayern dismiss ‘fairytale’ Alaba and Sane swap deal with Man City] As I’ve heard, rumours are circulating that we would like to hand David Alaba over to Manchester City in exchange for Leroy Sane. In addition, I say very clearly: This is Grimm’s Fairy Tale and has nothing to do with reality

I would like to emphasise that we are currently only talking to players whose contracts expire in. So, with Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Thiago, David Alaba et cetera. They all have great merits for FC Bayern, that has to be taken into account.

No one knows today exactly how the coronavirus crisis will affect football in the coming weeks and months. Therefore, we have put the topic of newcomers on hold. But I can already predict one thing today: Both the transfer fees and the salaries will now be re-checked by all clubs across Europe. Supply and demand will regulate and adjust the market

2020 03 28b Retrieve

[Rummenigge believes that a switch to the Premier League could be a good decision for Mario Gotze’s career] I’m thinking [he could join] clubs like Everton or West Ham or some Italian middle-of-the-table club. In the Bundesliga, he could fit with Borussia Monchengladbach or Leverkusen. I hope that he shakes off the pressure and finds his way although, right now, I have my doubts

2020 03 30 Retrieve

[Bayern CEO Rummenigge says Neuer, Muller, Alaba contract talks won’t be affected by coronavirus crisis] For Manuel [Neuer], the same applies as for all the players whose contracts expire in the summer of 2021. We had already submitted offers before the coronavirus crisis, and we don’t want to take advantage of the crisis now in order to push these well-deserving players down in price. I think that all these players know that they have a very solid and very reliable employer in FC Bayern who deals with them very fairly

[Alaba has been strongly linked with a departure from Bavaria] As I’ve heard, rumours are circulating that we would like to hand David Alaba over to Manchester City in exchange for Leroy Sane. In addition, I say very clearly: This is Grimm’s Fairy Tale and has nothing to do with reality

2020 04 03 Retrieve

[Flick named permanent Bayern Munich manager with contract until 2023] The club is very happy with Hansi Flick’s work. The team has developed under his leadership and we’re playing attractive football, which is reflected in the results

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[Muller signs new Bayern Munich contract through to 2023] I’m pleased that Thomas Muller has extended his contract by a further two years until 30 June 2023. I would like to thank Thomas and his advisor Ludwig Kogl for the very trusting and fair talks. Oliver and Hasan have done a great job

2020 04 20 Retrieve

[CEO Rummenigge says Bayern Munich confident Neuer will sign new contract] We both know what we have in each other. And under these circumstances I am optimistic that we will find a solution in the end and that Manuel Neuer will sign a new contract. We have the world’s best goalkeeper and we have already won everything with him

2020 04 20b Retrieve

[German prime ministers claim Bundesliga could return on May 9] It is important that we treat the politicians’ legal and medical guidelines in an exemplary and very serious manner in order to minimise the health risk. I would like to thank the management of the DFL, headed by Christian Seifert, for an excellent concept that takes full account of organisational and medical aspects. This concept is the basis for the positive and trustworthy assessment of the policy

2020 04 20c Retrieve

[When Rodriguez moved to Bayern Munich at the start of his temporary spell in 2017, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was effusive in his praise as the player tried to reboot his career] We are very happy that we have managed to conclude this transfer. The signing of James Rodríguez was the big wish from our manager, Carlo Ancelotti, after the two of them worked together successfully at Real Madrid. We are completely happy with his development, especially since Jupp Heynckes became coach. He is a very, very good transfer

2020 04 20d Retrieve

[Bayern Munich star Davies signs new contract until 2025] Alphonso has developed very well at FC Bayern. He has earned this contract extension with his convincing services. We are happy that he will stay with Bayern for the long term. He not only enthuses our fans with his style of play, but also with his way of playing next to the pitch

2020 05 04 Retrieve

[Heynckes played an advisory role in Flick’s hiring] From Jupp’s point of view, Hansi is a perfect fit for Bayern. It is particularly their empathetic approach to the team that distinguishes both coaches

2020 05 06 Retrieve

[Bayern chairman Rummenigge grateful Bundesliga can be decided on pitch] I would like to thank the politicians for today’s decision, which enables the Bundesliga season to be played to a finish. We are now looking forward to resuming play, ideally from mid-May. This ensures that the sporting decisions are made on the pitch and not in the boardroom. I would like to expressly thank the DFL and the Medicine Task Force for the excellent organisational and medical plans. I appeal to everyone involved to follow the guidelines in these plans, which are the basis for resuming play, in an exemplary and disciplined manner

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Miroslav Klose announced as Bayern Munich assistant coach] We are very happy that Miro decided to take the step from Bayern youth to the professionals. He is the most successful German striker of the past 15 to 20 years. I am convinced that our strikers in particular will benefit from him as a coach. Miro was also Hansi Flick’s preferred candidate

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted his surprise at seeing Timo Werner publicly appear to rule out a move to the Bundesliga giants] Really, nothing amazes me anymore, but I have never seen a player make a statement like this in response to rumours in public

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Former UEFA President Michel Platini had suggested it years ago, touting the idea of following the salary-cap model used in the United States] […] we were told from the outset that this could not be brought into line with competition laws

2020 05 19b Retrieve

[European Solidarity Cup: Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter to play charity matches in 2021] The coronavirus pandemic has hit Europe hard. We have established very good relations with a lot of clubs through many Champions League games, and have struck up friendships with some of them

Despite all the suffering and all the problems, we in Germany are perhaps fortunate that our healthcare system is proving resilient in this crisis. But we have also seen horrifying images from Italy and Spain, both countries among those hardest hit in Europe by the pandemic. We Germans have a very special relationship with both countries; Italy, like Spain, is one of our favourite holiday destinations.

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer signs new contract through to 2023] Manuel is the best goalkeeper in the world and our captain

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed the Bundesliga champions have not activated their purchase option for Philippe Coutinho and the clause has now expired] The option expired and we haven’t activated it. We’re going to plan our squad for next season and we’ll see if he still has a role to play with us or not

That would only spark a jealous debate. It’s well known that the players make a lot of money, but if we published them, we would have a weird discussion among Bundesliga teams and in public. Who would benefit? Mr. Keller called me on Tuesday morning and we agreed that we would meet in a timely manner. There may have been cases in the past where players have not behaved in an exemplary manner. But to question a whole profession as a whole is too short for me

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge having already admitted that the Bundesliga champions have not activated their purchase option for Coutinho and that the clause has now expired] The option expired and we haven’t activated it. We’re going to plan our squad for next season and we’ll see if he still has a role to play with us or not

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Just as at Barcelona, Coutinho found himself without a clear role. Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman locked down the wide roles while Thomas Muller, reborn under Hansi Flick, became Robert Lewandowski’s chief support act. Behind that, Joshua Kimmich, Thiago Alcantara and Leon Goretzka provided greater control and balance in midfield] Sometimes he gives the impression that he’s inhibited

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the Bundesliga champions are adopting a careful approach in the transfer market following the coronavirus pandemic] We have to wait and see how this curious transfer market after coronavirus develops. We all do well to do our job and also take into account that the next season may be more financially challenging than the current one. The longer we have to play without a spectator, the more difficult it will be financially. We work on the transfer market - like all our colleagues in Germany and Europe.

[Rummenigge secured veteran goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to a contract extension] Manuel is the best goalkeeper in the world and our captain.

[One player who won’t be playing for the Bundesliga giants next season is Philippe Countinho] The option expired and we haven’t activated it. We’re going to plan our squad for next season and we’ll see if he still has a role to play with us or not

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Lewandowski is the best centre-forward in the world] To score 34 goals in one Bundesliga season is an incredible achievement. Only ‘Der Bomber’, Gerd Muller, has ever scored more goals in one campaign. I’d like to congratulate and thank Robert Lewandowski. He is the best centre-forward in the world

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Thiago Alcantara likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer with year left on contract] xWe negotiated seriously with him and fulfilled all his wishes. But it seems that he wants to do something new towards the end of his career

He’s a decent guy, on and off the pitch. We negotiated seriously with him and fulfilled all his wishes. But it seems that he wants to do something new towards the end of his career. We negotiated seriously with him and fulfilled all his wishes. But it seems that he wants to do something new towards the end of his career.