|Estimated value:||€12 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||footballer|
Reiner Calmund is a former football official who has since expanded his popularity beyond sport as a media figure in various activities. After an early end to his career as an amateur player, he became a youth coach, from 1976 youth leader at Bayer Leverkusen, and later manager. In 1999 he became its managing director until 2004. Since then he has appeared in various genres in public, from readings from his biography to participation in cooking shows.
Rainer Calmund grew up in relatively modest circumstances, learned the trade of foreign trade and successfully studied business administration. As a footballer, he played for SpVg Frechen 20 until 1966, before a shoulder injury stopped him. After that he became a youth coach and won the Middle Rhine Championship for B-Juniors with the club. Further positions in lower-class football as an assistant coach followed before he became youth leader and stadium announcer at TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen from 1976. However, he soon took over the position of manager of the professional footballers, although his uncanny skill in signings distinguished him for a long time.
During his time as manager, the club won the 1988 UEFA Cup, the 1993 DFB Cup and reached the 2002 Champions League final, which they narrowly lost 2-1 to Real Madrid. In addition, the club achieved a number of runners-up championships in the Bundesliga during the time Reiner Calmund was active, and twice narrowly missed winning the German championship when they only lost this race on the last day of the game.
In addition, the intensive sporting connection between Bayer Leverkusen and Brazil can be traced back to him. He later brought in a number of well-known players from South America who matured into world stars during their time at Bayer Leverkusen, such as Paulo Sergio, Lucio, Ze Roberto and Jorginho. In the course of German reunification, he also proved that he was often ahead of the competition and was able to sign several stars of East German football for Bayer Leverkusen, above all Ulf Kirsten, who stayed at Bayer Leverkusen until the end of his career. But Reiner Calmund often showed a lucky hand with transfers of well-deserved German players towards the end of their careers. Bernd Schuster, Rudi Völler and Michael Ballack should be mentioned here, who ended their careers here, not without being able to offer some performance for the factory club.
His resignation as manager of Bayer Leverkusen in 2004 was allegedly due to health reasons. In fact, it became public in 2006 that there had been irregularities in payments to players’ agents that led to this separation.
In the further course of his life, Calmund never completely let go of football, but he never found a job as a manager. In 2005 he was elected to the supervisory board of Fortuna Düsseldorf and was ambassador for the 2006 World Cup for people with disabilities. He ran a weekly column on the Bundesliga on calli.tv, became a member of the advisory board at the Austrian club SK Austria Kärnten and also at Dynamo Dresden. In addition to many other TV appearances, he has been shown regularly to the football public since 2017 because he works as an expert for the pay-TV broadcaster sky. His often never-ending remarks in Rhenish singsong brought him extraordinary popularity in Germany, even though many observers complain about his lack of expertise in football.
From a sporting point of view, winning the UEFA Cup by Bayer Leverkusen with him as manager was the biggest success. Nevertheless, one should not ignore the many very successful transfers as Reiner Calmund’s actual successes. In his heyday he had the famous nose for committing upcoming world stars for relatively little money. In addition, as a plump, Rhenish type of person, he was for a long time the human figurehead of the Bayer Leverkusen works club, which was otherwise perceived as rather gray, and which brought the club a lot of sympathy.
“It’s not the big that eat the small, it’s the fast that eat the slow.”
“Before we pay 15 to 20 million marks for a goalkeeper, I put myself in the goal.”
“Friendships count a lot for me, but not in this business. I kicked Jürgen Gelsdorf out, he was even my best man.”
“Now the odds are 50/50 or even 60/60.”
“It is important that we also convince fighting and not just do figure skating.”
For a while, Reiner Calmund also appeared in the computer game Second Life, where he lived on his own island, Calli Island.
In 2008 he wanted to lose weight as part of the Iron Calli campaign with the support of endurance specialist Joey Kelly. Losing over 30kg of body weight enabled him to complete his first half marathon in under 4 hours.
Reiner Calmund is his third marriage and has five children from his first two marriages. With his youngest wife he apoptated a girl from Thailand.
He published his autobiography in 2008 under the title “Football crazy!”
|Estimated value:||€12 million|