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Three decades of growth under Hopfner

Bayern had just lost the European Cup final 1-0 to Aston Villa and finished the Bundesliga season in fourth place, but had at least won the DFB Cup thanks to a turban-clad Dieter Hoeneß and a 4-2 victory over Nürnberg. The match was held at the Olympic Stadium. Paul Breitner had just ended his career, while Sören Lerby and coach Udo Lattek had just started theirs in Munich – along with Karl Hopfner. He began his career at the Säbener Strasse in July 1983, as FC Bayern managing director.

To celebrate the 60th birthday of the FCB executive board deputy chairman, looks back on how Germany’s most successful club has developed since Hopfner first joined. To cut a long story short: every step of the way has been amazing. “Helping create all this has been a lot of fun,” says Hopfner. Over the last three decades he has been a crucial part of FC Bayern's rise to success.

When Hopfner joined the indebted FC Bayern in 1983, turnover was €12 million. One year later the club was free of debt – thanks to Hopfner’s first major transfer, the sale of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to Inter Milan for the then record sum of 10.5 million German Marks (approx. €6 million). And it only got better from then on. With Hopfner in charge, FC Bayern have always remained firmly in the black.