Mourning the passing of long-time mayor of Munich Hans-Jochen Vogel
The city of Munich mourns the passing of Hans-Jochen Vogel. Representing the Social Democratic Party, the former mayor also had a close connection to FC Bayern. Vogel will go down in history as a city visionary. His greatest success was bringing the 1972 Olympic Games to Munich. It was ultimately thanks to the determined commitment of the then mayor that Bayern could move into a new, modern stadium. The switch from the Grünwalder Stadion to the Olympiastadion allowed the club to establish itself permanently at the top of international football.
President Herbert Hainer: "Hans-Jochen Vogel has made history with his work, both from a political and social point of view, but also with regard to sport, especially in the city of Munich. As mayor, he saw the Olympic Games as an opportunity to change the city forever. People are still benefitting from his vision today. And FC Bayern is also grateful to him, because the Olympiastadion allowed the club to herald in a new era. Bayern is united in mourning with the relatives of Hans-Jochen Vogel, who will always remain in our memories."
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: "The city of Munich has lost a great character in Hans-Jochen Vogel. He has more than earnt his place in the history books, and we at FC Bayern will never forget this extraordinary man, his energy and his vision."
Vogel passed away in Munich on Sunday at the age of 94 following a long illness. He was elected mayor of Munich at the age of just 34. He lived by the slogan "World city with heart".