President Reinhard Rauball from Borussia Dortmund draws a line. The 75-year-old will not run again in November after a total of 23 years in office. BVB announced this on Tuesday after Rauball had informed the election committee chairman Winfried Materna. Rauball will propose his previous deputy, Reinhold Lunow, as his successor.
“I’ve been proud every minute of my tenure to be the president of this great club. I’ve put my heart and soul into this position for 23 years,” said Rauball. Borussia Dortmund has always been a formative part of his life, it still is and always will be: “It fills me with great joy that I have had the honor of honoring my Borussia, which has such a deep impact on society, to serve as President and to be able to help bring them out of difficult situations.”
Rauball was elected BVB President for the third time in 2004. During his first term of office from 1979 to 1982, the then 32-year-old lawyer went down in history as the youngest president of a Bundesliga soccer club. His second term of office between 1984 and 1986 was characterized by an economic crisis at BVB, which was successfully overcome not least thanks to Rauball became.
“Our president has rendered outstanding services to BVB. All Borussia owe him a great debt of gratitude for that,” said managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke: “His willingness to stand up for the office of president again in the most existential crisis of our club in 2004 to make it available formed the basis for everything that has happened since then at BVB.”
During Rauball’s third term as president, Borussia Dortmund won two league titles, three German Cups and reached the 2013 Champions League final.