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FCB mourns loss of Dettmar Cramer

FC Bayern München is in mourning for Dettmar Cramer, who died on Thursday at his home in Reit im Winkl at the age of 90. Cramer led FC Bayern München to European Cup success in 1975 and 1976 and the Intercontinental Cup in 1976. The team he coached, with players such as Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Uli Hoeneß and Gerd Müller, decisively shaped the history of FC Bayern. Cramer made a significant contribution to the club’s rise to prominence at home and abroad.

“To many people, Dettmar Cramer was more than merely a sporting figure,” commented FC Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “To me he was like a fatherly friend, and the biggest influence on my early years as a professional. To a large extent, I have him to thank that I was very successful as a footballer. FC Bayern mourns the loss of a great coach and special individual.”

Cramer coached Bayern from 16 January 1975 until 30 November 1977. He also took charge of Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga. Later, he worked in more than 90 countries as a German FA (DFB) and FIFA instructor. In 2011 he became the first coach ever to receive a lifetime achievement award from the DFB.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
FC Bayern München chairman