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Bayern in mourning for Hans Schiefele

FC Bayern Munich announces with the greatest sadness the passing of its longest-serving member, honorary member and vice-president emeritus Hans Schiefele.

Hans Schiefele died in the early hours of Monday morning aged 85.

Hans Schiefele was a member of FC Bayern Munich from 11 September 1928 onwards and bore the membership number 1 as the most loyal servant of the club. He played for the club in his youth, and was poised to make his debut for the German national side before the war intervened.

Later, he reported on Bayern on behalf of the Süddeutsche Zeitung for many decades, and edited the club magazine. Even after his retirement, he continued his activities for the club, founding the Bayern skittles section, serving as secretary to the board of directors, and taking on the role of vice-president in 1987 until the club's change of status to a joint stock company in 2002. By way of gratitude for his permanent, professional and loyal voluntary work for the club, the Annual General Meeting named him vice-president emeritus.

"You could always rely on Hans Schiefele," President Franz Beckenbauer recalled. "He was a humorous man, but with a typical Bavarian manner, who meticulously performed the tasks assigned to him. He was a key figure in the management of the club for many years. He was fair-minded, always level-headed, and continually reminded us of the club's roots and traditions. We will miss Hans Schiefele deeply."

"Hans Schiefele's death deprives Bayern of one of its pioneers and greatest personalities, but also a confidante and friend," chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented. "We will miss him enormously. We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to his wife."