Rudi Assauer was known for his job on Schalke.
Former Schalke general manager Rudi Assauer, imputed as one of the important characters in football, has died aged 74 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Assauer , a former player for Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund, has been a key driving force behind the evolution of Schalke and has been renowned for his job in building and preparation the Arena Auf Schalke — the first modern arena inside the Bundesliga.
Opened in 2001, the stadium, now rebranded as Veltins-Arena, remains one of German football’s landmarks.
“All of us know we’d be here without Rudi,” Schalke chief Clemens Tonnies told the supporters at the Veltins-Arena before a cup match against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Wednesdayand after the passing in their former manager. “Rudi could be your architect of the present day Schalke.”
During his reign at Schalke the club turned of the German power houses, winning the UEFA Cup in 1997, also back-to-back German cups in 2001 and 2002.
If Bayern Munich’s Patrik Andersson scored a last-gasp goal to simply take the title away But, Schalke and Assauer were refused that a Bundesliga title in 2001.
After Rollo Fuhrman, a TV reporter, told Assauer on atmosphere they’d won the 27, schalke were observing on the pitch of their old Parkstadion.
The incident is one of the very memorable in Bundesliga history, also Fuhrman wrote in Der Spiegel on Thursday he would”want to take the Bundesliga trophy up to him one day.”
Dortmund have told ESPN FC which they plan to watch one moment’s silence against Hoffenheim for Assauer in front of their Bundesliga match.
Together with Dortmund, Assauer won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Back in 1966 , defeating Liverpool.
Despite doing work for the ferocious local rivals of BVB and crossing the divide Schalke, he stayed a Dortmund club member.
Assauer left his struggle against Alzheimer’s people in 2012.