It is not uncommon for footballers to pass on their good genes to their children, who then also end up in professional sports. This is also the case with the former stars of FC Bayern Munich. SPOX shows you which FCB sons have also made it into the football business.
FC Bayern likes to sign the sons of well-known football players. Gianluca Gaudino, son of former German national player Maurizio Gaudino, left the record champions’ reserves in 2017. Lucas Copado, son of Francisco Copado, is currently with the FCB pros and made his debut for FCB on January 7, 2022.
But the club’s own legends also have young players in the football business. We look at the sons of former Bayern players and show you how their careers have been going so far.
Lucas is the son of Mehmet Scholl. He was born and raised in Munich – so it’s only logical that he also played in FC Bayern’s youth academy. He was in the FCB squad for the first time on August 22, 2014, when FCB won 2-1 at home against VfL Wolfsburg. However, he was not used.
And even later, the midfielder did not play a single game for the Munich pros. After 23 competitive appearances in two seasons, Scholl switched to Wacker Nordhausen in the Northeast Regional League in 2016. In January 2020 he went back home, but he was only used once at VfR Garching in the Regionalliga Bayern.
That’s why Scholl moved on to the Austrian second division club SV Horn in the summer of 2020. A year there was followed by a year without a club. In 2020 he joined FC Wacker Innsbruck. There he plays in the Tyrolean League (4th league level in Austria).
The son of Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was born in Munich like Lucas Scholl, but he played for Unterhaching as a child before joining FC Bayern’s youth team at the age of twelve. There are said to have been problems with U17 coach Miroslav Klose, because he rarely relied on the Brazzo youth.
He still fought his way through the U19s and up to the U23s in Munich, and in the summer of 2022 his father loaned him to Canada. With the Vancouver Whitecaps, he initially acted in the reserves, but even then lost to the competition. “He struggled with the level in MLS Next Pro and was outperformed by other players at the same position,” agrees Samuel Rowan of Whitecaps blog Eighty Six Forever SPOX and GOAL.
That’s why the loan ended recently and he’s now staying with the Munich U23s again. However, since he only received two appearances there in the 2021/22 season, it is unclear how things will continue for him. In any case, Nick Salihamidzic has mainly been noticed through his Twitter account and not on the sports field.
One of the sons of the “Kaiser” Franz Beckenbauer naturally also played football. Stephan Beckenbauer, born in Munich and raised in the FCB youth team, never made it to the pros and only played for Bayern’s amateurs before moving to city rivals TSV 1860 Munich in 1988, where he played for two seasons.
Then the defender moved to Kickers Offenbach and a year later to FC Grenchen. Another year later he went to 1. FC Saarbrücken, where he spent two seasons. At the age of 25 he finally switched back to the amateur team at Bayern and ended his active career three years later.
But the time at FC Bayern was far from over. Two years after the end of his career in 1999, he joined the record champions as coach of the U17 juniors and stayed there for eight years before supporting his former U23 team as assistant coach for a year in 2007. Then it went back to the U17s and in 2012 finally to the D-Juniors in Munich.
He stayed there as long as he could because he developed a brain tumor that ultimately killed him on July 31, 2015 at the age of 46.
But that was not the end of the Beckenbauer era. When Stephan Beckenbauer switched to Bayern’s D-Juniors as a coach in 2012, his son Luca also played there. A year after his father’s death, however, he left FCB and joined the U17 team at FC Schalke 04.
Luca Beckenbauer stayed in Gelsenkirchen for two years and then moved on to the U19s of Hannover 96, where the defender also made his move into men’s football. But only in the second team of the Hanoverians. After two seasons in the Regionalliga Nord he joined TuS RW Koblenz in the RL-Südwest.
He only stayed there for a year before returning to his home state and playing for SpVgg Greuther Fürth in the Bavarian regional league. In the summer of 2022, he then switched to Wacker Burghausen within the league, where he made eleven appearances in the current first half of the season.
Paul Breitner’s son has also found a place in the football business. However, Max Breitner did not become a professional footballer. He became a sports journalist and worked for the Munich tabloid, among others tz.
There Max Breitner reported in 2006 about an alleged betting scandal involving the then Bayern star Bastian Schweinsteiger. As a result, he had to tz leaving. A year later he was hired by FC Bayern himself – since 2007 he has worked for the record champions’ press office and club media.
Niklas Tarnat is the son of former defender Michael. Because his father played for Hannover 96 when he was a child, Niklas also played in the children’s teams for the 96ers. After Michael’s career ended in 2009, the family moved back to Munich, so that his son also continued his steps there.
In 2017, the defensive midfielder was promoted to the FCB U23 team, but only played in 13 competitive games, so he joined his childhood club Hannover 96 in 2018 and also initially played in the reserves before making his professional debut on January 3, 2021 in the second division duel with SV Sandhausen. Another substitution three games later, however, was his last appearance for the 96 professionals.
In the summer of 2021 he then joined the then regional league club Rot-Weiss Essen, where he was promoted to the 3rd league and is now a regular there.
The son of the former Bayern star and later German national coach Jürgen Klinsmann plays as a goalkeeper. As the son of an American, Jonathan Klinsmann grew up in the USA and played for several teams there – interrupted by a year in 2008/09 at FC Bayern, when his father Jürgen was a professional coach there.
After Klinsmann had completed several trial training sessions in Europe in 2014, including at VfB Stuttgart, he went to the University of California, Berkeley in America in 2015, where he played for the Golden Bears. In 2017 he qualified through a trial at Hertha BSC and moved to the German capital. Although he was part of the professional squad, in his two seasons in the capital he only made appearances in the second substitution.
After his contract expired in 2019, he moved to FC St. Gallen in Switzerland. When father Jürgen became head coach of Hertha in the course of the year, he wanted to bring him back to Berlin, but a change did not materialize. After only a year without a deployment in Switzerland, he moved back to the USA to Los Angeles Galaxy, where he again failed to assert himself and is currently staying with the second team.
The name Hoeneß is known, but Sebastian is Dieter’s son and not Uli’s. His playing career was hardly worth mentioning. Although he grew up in the youth of VfB Stuttgart and later played three times for the first team of TSG Hoffenheim, they were still in the Regionalliga Süd at the time.
After retiring from the second team of Hertha BSC in 2010, he changed the role of coach and started in the U19s of Hertha 03 Zehlendorf. In 2014, he moved to the youth team of RB Leipzig, where he first took over the U17s and then the U19s.
In 2017 he finally went to Bayern Munich. First he was the head coach of the U19 juniors for two years before moving up to the Munich U23 with his class of players in 2019. After his predecessor was promoted to the third division, he immediately won the championship in the third division in the year of promotion, which qualified him for a job with the professionals at TSG Hoffenheim. After two moderately successful years in Sinsheim, Hoeneß was replaced by André Breitenreiter in 2022.
The Rummenigge family is also well known at FC Bayern. But while none of the five children of former FCB CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge became a professional athlete, Marco Rummenigge is the son of Karl-Heinz’ brother Michael Rummenigge, who played over 150 competitive games first with Bayern and later with Borussia Dortmund.
Marco played for Hombrucher FV 09 (today Hombrucher SV 09/72) until he was 13 years old, before moving to the youth department of Borussia Dortmund in 2001. There he went through various youth teams up to the U23 level, with which he spent two seasons in the Regionalliga Nord, but was only rarely used. That’s why he moved to SV Waldhof Mannheim in 2008, where he also played in the regional league.
But after he only played one competitive game in his second season due to persistent knee problems, Marco Rummenigge ended his career in 2010 at the age of 22. He is now a multiple restaurant owner. Rummenigge operates branches of the L’Osteria restaurant chain both in Biel (Switzerland) and, since 2021, in Lörrach.