|Net Worth:||€ 105 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of wealth:||Soccer player|
The former defender and midfielder of FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and Eintracht Braunschweig became European champion in 1972 and world champion with the German national team in 1974. He also won several national titles with his clubs. After his active career, he worked in public primarily as a TV expert for football. In addition, he was also a scout for FC Bayern Munich and 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. As early as 1968, he was appointed to a DFB youth selection, for which he completed 16 missions. In 1970 he moved to Bayern Munich, where he made his debut in the Bundesliga on the first day of play.
Paul Breitner Career
Thereupon he experienced a meteoric rise, not least because with Udo Lattek he was the man who coached Bayern Munich who had previously been in his command in the DFB selection. Breitner won a number of titles at club and country level in just 4 years. He was German champion three times in the years from 1972 to 1974, in 1971 he had already won the DFB Cup with Bayern Munich. In 1972 he became European champion with the German national team, for which he had made his debut in 1971. It was followed in 1974 by winning the European Champion Clubs’ Cup before Breitner became world champion 2-1 at Holland in the Olympic Stadium at home at the 1974 World Cup. Breitner himself had converted the penalty awarded to Germany to 1-1, although it was not intended for that.
After the 1974 World Cup, he moved to Real Madrid, where he formed a midfield duo alongside Günter Netzer. In 1975 they won the championship and trophy double, and again in 1976 the championship in Spain. Last year in Spain, however, they finished 9th in the championship. Breitner then moved back to the Bundesliga. Due to the high transfer fee that was required for him, only Eintracht Braunschweig with the potent sponsor Jägermeister could serve Breitner’s back. After only one season, which was disappointing despite ten goals from Breitner, he returned to Bayern Munich.
Here he stayed for another five seasons until the end of his career, where he was again German Champion twice and once won the DFB Cup. During this time, together with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, he formed the axis of the Munich game that the press called “Breitnigge”.
In the national team, he had paused for many years after a dispute over the celebrations following the 1974 World Cup title. It was only in 1981 that he was persuaded to make a comeback. He played the 1982 World Cup again, where he scored another goal in the final, making him one of the few players in football history to score in two World Cup finals.
Subsequently, he repeatedly had media appearances as an expert in football but also worked outside of it. So he deals with real estate and is also involved in the social area. He ended his work as a brand ambassador for FC Bayern Munich, for whom he previously served as a scout, in a dispute with his long-standing club.
The absolute highlight was, of course, winning the 1974 World Cup. In addition, there was the 1972 European Championship and the 1974 European Champion Clubs’ Cup. A total of 5 German championships were only achieved by very few in German football.
“As a professional soccer player, there was only one thing I couldn’t do: shut up and be a diplomat.”
“The tasks of a team boss are not purely sporty in nature. The team boss must raise awareness of football every day, and football must be the top priority. ”
“Footballers are also paid to put up with the abuse of the audience.”
“I confess that I have a weakness for underdogs. For the little ones who achieve great things with the smallest of means. Cottbus, Freiburg, Mainz, St. Pauli – without such a splash of color our football would be poorer. And football millionaires can learn a lot from these ‘poor’ clubs, which can make total commitment and unconditional dedication possible. ”
Not known to the public for a long time, Breitner helps once a week to hand out a Munich table that distributes food to the needy.
In his place of residence, he fought for a long time with the local administration about the height of a hedge at his house.
Paul 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”. In addition, after the 1978/79 season, the documentary “Profis” appeared, in which Paul Breitner and Uli Hoeneß are accompanied on their way through the season in the Bundesliga.