FC Bayern mourns the passing of Erhan Önal
FC Bayern is mourning the loss of former player Erhan Önal, who has passed away at the age of 63 in his native Turkey. Önal came to Germany when he was seven, and in 1973 moved from TSV München Ost to Bayern, where he became the first child of Turkish migrants to play in the Bundesliga. He made 18 appearances for FCB and won the Intercontinental Cup in 1976.
President Herbert Hainer: “FC Bayern is united in mourning with Erhan Önal’s relatives. He will always be a part of this club and wrote a piece of German football history. We will honour his memory.”
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “Erhan Önal was very popular with us in the team and our fans. He’d always say, ‘I’m a Bavarian Turk.’ He was a fast midfielder and a very funny, extremely likeable person, whom we all liked very much. We’ll miss him and always remember him.”