FC Bayern Munich mourns the loss of its long-time president Willi O. Hoffmann. As the German soccer record champion announced, the former official died on Tuesday at the age of 92 in Munich. Hoffmann was on the top floor of FC Bayern for 27 years, first as secretary (from 1958), then as treasurer (from 1962), most recently “Champagner-Willi”, his nickname, headed the club as president from 1979 to 1985.
During this time, FC Bayern celebrated, among other things, two championships and two DFB Cup victories. In addition, the Munich team reached the final in the European Cup against Aston Villa in 1982. “He became president in a phase in which there was real chaos at Bayern. But he played a key role in getting this Bayern on the way so that today it is the club that we all know,” said Bayern honorary president Uli Hoeneß in front of some Said about Hoffmann for years. Now Hoeneß praised him as “a person who always had FC Bayern in his heart”: “He always approached all tasks positively and with his optimism made an important contribution to the development of FC Bayern.”
Club President Herbert Hainer said: “The Bayern family mourns the loss of Willi O. Hoffmann, who more than earned his place in the history of FC Bayern. In what was a difficult phase for the club at the time, he laid the foundation for FC Bayern to become a one of the most successful clubs in the world. We will never forget him, honor his memory and join his family in our mourning.”