Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: When the buck becomes a gardener

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

German football would benefit from the DFL’s abolition of the“50+1” rule, thus facilitating the entry of investors. This is the opinion of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of FC Bayern Munich – and added another one at the end of last week: “Our behaviour in this matter is somewhat smiled at here in the USA. We must stop promoting populism in this republic,” he said in a”inflammatory speech” during the clubs trip to the USA. In the opinion of the former top striker, the professionalisation of German football can only succeed with new investors. Really?

Professionalization: Competent supervisory boards instead of moody investors

We ask ourselves: What good is fresh money from oligarchs, sheikhs or other patrons if the management is not right? Right: Probably little to nothing, because there is a high risk that it will be short-sightedly invested. Before clubs think about new sources of finance, they should therefore ensure good governance. First of all, this means installing supervisory boards with a healthy mix of competent, honest and independent experts. FC Bayern Munich is in a sorry state in this respect – especially in view of a zero quota of women and a supervisory board chairman named Uli Hoeneß, who can no longer be considered independent and who still holds on to controversial supervisory boards such as Martin Winterkorn or Rupert Stadler. Those responsible should therefore consider carefully whether they can learn from the ranks of the FCB about professionalisation and corporate management. Because why should we make the ram a gardener?