Rum­menigge reign comes to an end

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

For­mer West Ger­many for­ward Karl-Heinz Rum­menigge will not run for re-elec­tion as head of the Euro­pean Club As­so­ci­a­tion (ECA), he an­nounced on Thurs­day.

Rum­menigge, who is also chief-ex­ec­u­tive of Ger­man cham­pion Bay­ern Mu­nich, has been head of the ECA since it was founded in 2008, hav­ing been re-elected three times.

Rum­menigge said his eight years in charge had been in­tense and suc­cess­ful, but crit­ics say changes dur­ing that time have fa­vored big clubs. Those changes have also made soc­cer more pre­dictable, they say, with the same teams reach­ing the de­ci­sive stages of the Cham­pi­ons League every year.

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