The legendary Oliver Kahn will return to Bayern Munich next year to replace Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as the club’s chief executive.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in history, Kahn made his mark during a trophy-laden stint Bayern between 1994 and 2008.
The German icon was immense between the sticks in Munich, which led fans to dub him as “The Titan” and “King Kahn”. He ended up making 632 appearances for the club, and won 22 pieces of silverware.
Now the eight-time Bundesliga champion will seal a long-awaited return to the Allianz Arena in January. With Rummenigge stepping down, Kahn will replace his compatriot on a five-year contract at Bayern.
“It is a great honour for me that I will first be entrusted with the office of FC Bayern München AG board member and later with the office of CEO and chairman of the FC Bayern München AG Executive Board,” Kahn told the club’s website.
“I would like to thank the Supervisory Board, headed by [president] Uli Hoeness, for this trust. I am deeply connected with the club and it has decisively shaped my life.
“Sporting and financial success, solidarity with the fans, a responsible approach towards the club’s history and values – that is what FC Bayern stands for.
“I would like to further develop these attributes in the future together with the staff, as well as my colleagues on the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board.”
Hoeness, who announced this week he will step down as Bayern president, hailed Kahn’s arrival.
“With an eye on the future, we are convinced that Oliver Kahn is the perfect solution for the position of CEO of FC Bayern München AG,” said Hoeness.
“Oliver was an important player in the history of our club. He was captain of FC Bayern and the Germany national team for many years, he has won almost every title there is to win, and he has always led the way with dedication and determination.
“Oliver Kahn knows football, he knows the business, and he carries the DNA of FC Bayern.
“We are convinced that Oliver Kahn is the right man to lead FC Bayern into the future.”
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