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Rummenigge: Our chance to make history

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He was a player for the club in the golden 1970s, he was vice-president in 2001, and he is now chairman: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has experienced most of the greatest moments in Bayern's history at close hand. Three days after the Champions League victory at Wembley, the 57-year-old talked to about the FCB's fifth triumph in Europe's most prestigious club competition, but also looked forward to the historic chance open to the men from Munich on Saturday in the DFB Cup final in Berlin. Rummenigge also discussed the financial dimension to this record-breaking season, and reported on ongoing contract negotiations, including talks with Franck Ribéry.

Interview: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who was the chief reveller at the Champions League party in London?
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: Bastian Schweinsteiger certainly took centre stage, but all the players were in great shape and showed they’re capable of extraordinary deeds, not just on the field but off it too. They were very human and warm at the party, and underlined their extraordinary character: they're not arrogant or superior, they all have a touch of humility.

Speaking of Bastian Schweinsteiger, how pleased are you for youth products Lahm and Schweinsteiger, who've finally collected international honours?
They deserve it. They've worked hard towards this success for five long years. They were extremely close a couple of times, especially last season. Now they've crowned a magnificent campaign by winning the Champions League, and they can be proud of that, although it'll still be a while before they realise just what they've achieved.