|Estimated value:||€105 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||footballer|
The former defender and midfielder for FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid as well as Eintracht Braunschweig became European champions in 1972 and world champions in 1974 with the German national team. He also won several national titles with his clubs. After his active career, he worked in public mainly as a TV expert for football. In addition, he was also a scout for FC Bayern Munich and active as a real estate agent.
Breitner, who was born in Kolbermoor in the Rosenheim district in the early 1950s, played football from an early age. From 1957 to 1961 in his hometown Kolbermoor, from 1961 to 1970 at ESV Freilassing, where his father was one of the youth coaches. In 1968 he was called up to a DFB youth team, for which he made 16 appearances. In 1970 he switched to FC Bayern Munich, where he made his debut in the Bundesliga on the first day of the game.
He then experienced a meteoric rise, not least because Udo Lattek was now the coach of FC Bayern Munich who previously had him under his command in the DFB selection. Within just 4 years, Breitner won a number of titles at club and country level. He was German champion three times between 1972 and 1974, in 1971 he had already won the DFB Cup with FC Bayern Munich. In 1972 he became European champion with the German national team, for which he had made his debut in 1971. This was followed in 1974 by winning the European Cup before Breitner won the 1974 World Cup in the Olympic Stadium at home, beating Holland 2-1. Breitner himself had converted the penalty awarded to Germany to make it 1-1, although it was not intended for this.
After the 1974 World Cup, he moved to Real Madrid, where he formed a midfield duo alongside Günter Netzer. In 1975 they won the league and cup double, and in 1976 they won the championship again in Spain. Last year in Spain, however, they finished 9th in the championship. Breitner then switched back to the Bundesliga. Due to the high fee that was demanded for him, only Eintracht Braunschweig, with the powerful sponsor Jägermeister behind them, could afford Breitner’s services. After just one season, which was disappointing despite ten Breitner goals, he returned to Bayern Munich.
Here he stayed for another five seasons until the end of his career, where he again became German champion twice and won the DFB Cup once. During this time, together with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, he formed the axis of the Munich game, dubbed by the press as “Breitnigge”.
In the national team he had been paused for many years after a dispute over the celebrations following the 1974 World Cup title. Only in 1981 could he be persuaded to make a comeback. He played the 1982 World Cup again, where he scored again in the final, making him one of the few players in football history to score in two World Cup finals.
After that, he repeatedly appeared in the media as an expert on football, but also worked outside of it. He deals in real estate and is also involved in the social sector. He ended his work as a brand ambassador for FC Bayern Munich, for which he previously served as a scout, in a dispute with his long-standing club.
The absolute highlight was of course winning the World Cup in 1974. In addition, there was winning the European Championship in 1972 and the European Cup of Champions in 1974. A total of 5 German championships are only achieved by very few in German football.
“As a football professional, there was only one thing I couldn’t do: keep my mouth shut and be a diplomat.”
“The tasks of a team boss are not purely of a sporting nature. The team boss has to make the population aware of football every day, football has to be the topic par excellence.”
“Footballers are also paid to take abuse from the crowd.”
“I confess that I have a soft spot for underdogs. For the little ones who achieve great things with the smallest of means. Cottbus, Freiburg, Mainz, St. Pauli – without such splashes of color our football would be poorer. And football millionaires can also learn a lot from these ‘poor’ clubs, which is what total commitment and unconditional dedication can make possible.”
Not known to the public for a long time, Breitner helps out once a week with the distribution of food at a Munich food bank that distributes food to the needy.
In his place of residence, he had a lengthy argument with the local administration about the height of a hedge at his house.
Breitner is married and has three children. One of his sons, Max Breitner, works in the press department at Bayern Munich.
In 1976 he played a role in the western “Potatoe Fritz”, and after the 1978/79 season the documentary “Profis” was published, in which Paul Breitner and Uli Hoeneß are accompanied on their way through the season in the Bundesliga.
|Estimated value:||€105 million|