Rummenigge to make way at European Club Association
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is to step down as chairman of soccer’s European Club Association next month.
The 61-year-old Rummenigge (pictured), who is also chairman of German giants Bayern Munich, informed the ECA board of his decision at a meeting in Madrid yesterday.
The often-outspoken Rummenigge, a former German international star, has headed up the ECA since its creation in January 2008, representing the clubs in negotiations with governing bodies including Fifa and Uefa.
His successor will be decided at the ECA board elections in Geneva on 5 September.
In a statement, Rummenigge said: “Following intense, successful, and good years I believe the time has come to pass on the responsibility. I have always believed this office should only be held for a limited amount of time. My withdrawal from office expresses my sincerity concerning this issue.”
During his tenure, the ECA has expanded from 137 to 220 members and secured insurance for clubs for their players when taking part in World Cups and European Championships.
In addition, under a recent accord with Uefa, the ECA has secured two seats on the executive committee giving it a say in the scheduling of the fixture calendar and other decisions concerning the clubs.
Rummenigge has continued to speak out on major issues, criticising Fifa’s decision to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Only this week he called for more “rationality” in the transfer market after Paris Saint-Germain shelled out a record €222 million ($261 million) to acquire Brazilian star Neymar from Barcelona, claiming that the deal could end up costing the French club more than Bayern spent on their Allianz Arena home.