Posted February 07, 2014

Q&A with Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, Champions League, English Premier League, Grant Wahl, Jurgen Klinsmann, U.S. men's national team, U.S. Soccer
Jurgen Klinsmann

U.S. national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann coached Bayern Munich in 2008-2009. (Armando Franca/AP)

SI.com: Here in the United States, Jurgen Klinsmann is the national team coach. He has done a pretty good job here so far and qualified the U.S. for the World Cup. Why do you think Klinsmann didn’t succeed as the Bayern manager in his short time there [2008-09]?

Rummenigge: First of all, I’m happy for him that he is successful in the States. I believe he’s perfect to be a national team coach. He did a very good job with the German national team in 2006. It is very different to be a coach of a national team and a coach at a club like Bayern. The expectations in a club like Bayern are very high. He was fired in 2009 being in second place, which under normal circumstances is not a drama. But (laughs) for Bayern it is a kind of drama, unfortunately.

I’m sorry about that for him, because he was always very serious doing his job. He was a very modern coach, and I’d say thanks to him we got some things like the modernization of our training center. That was an important step Jurgen did. At the end, maybe we went different ways because there was something in the relationship that was not working very well between him and the media on one side and between him and a certain part of the supporters. It was probably much more difficult for him than for the other parties, but it was not possible to avoid. I’m a bit sorry about that fact.

SI.com: I had to laugh when the U.S. drew Germany at the World Cup draw. The German coach, Joachim Löw, was Klinsmann’s assistant on the German team at World Cup 2006. How motivated will Klinsmann be to face Germany? I know there was discussion in the German media in ‘06 that Klinsmann was the motivator and the man-manager, while Löw was the tactician.

Rummenigge: Maybe there is a kind of truth in that story. But I believe he’s more than just a motivator. Because he understands football. He played football at the highest possible level. He qualified the States for the World Cup, and now he’s in a very interesting group with Germany. Knowing him well, he’ll be very motivated, especially to face the German team.


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9 comments
Wilhelm
Wilhelm

Well well, my beloved FCN plays Bayern today, hmm.  Anyway, while I am not a fan of Bayern in the Bundesliga, I do root for them in the Champions League, much like SEC fans root for other SEC teams in bowl games.  As a huge fan of the Bundesliga, it is a bit disconcerting watching Bayern running away from the league again, so I ignore Bayern and concentrate on the other 17 teams. With the exception of Bayern matches, I find the other Bundesliga matches very entertaining  with teams trying to avoid relegation, and other teams trying to qualify for the CL or Euro League, similar to all the other Euro leagues. So, again, my strategy is to ignore Bayern in the Bundesliga and concentrate on the other teams. The competiveness of the Bundesliga (sans Bayern matches) I hope catches on in the  States.  So back to FCN  hope  we at least come away with at point at home against Bayern. Wish me luck. Hope this is not a Super Bowl type of blowout. 

Davos1
Davos1

The Bundesliga and Bayern will never be a draw here.

duardo
duardo

 bayern needs an electric young american forward if they want to break into the u.s. market.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

 I would love to see Bundesliga games on US TV. Or at least the Bayern games. One of the networks should pony up the money for that now while they can get a good deal. 

And how about moving the World Cup out of Qatar? Isn't that the obvious step?  Instead of changing the entirety of the tournament? What a colossal ballsup it was awarding the games there in the first place. 

DSmithy3211
DSmithy3211

@duardo  They had one.  Some guy by the name of Landon Donovan, at age 27.  The coach of Bayern's reserve team told anybody willing to listen that Donovan wasn't even fit to play for the reserve team.


Failed Donovan experiments aside, Julian Green will be that player.  Though he'll never be capped for the USMNT.

duardo
duardo

@spikevicious @duardo  

....and he needs minutes now so that he can be on the world stage in june, become the american folk hero that Bayern needs. Be a visionary Karl ketchup, grab that american market.


duardo
duardo

@spikevicious @duardo  

...same goes for you Arsenal. The smart business is to manufacture american heros. Green vs Zelalem would be the most watched R16 game in America of all time.