FC Bayern mourns Rainer Ulrich – he accompanied Kahn, Kuffour and Alaba on their way up
Created: 01/10/2023 11:56 am
By: Corbinian Kothny
Rainer Ulrich and Tobias Schweinsteiger maintained an intimate relationship.
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Rainer Ulrich passed away.
For years, the self-proclaimed football madman accompanied the talents of FC Bayern on their way to the professional field.
– The football world mourns Rainer Ulrich.
The former professional passed away on January 9 at the age of 73.
In Upper Bavaria, Ulrich is primarily remembered as the coach and assistant coach of the FC Bayern Munich amateurs.
From 1995 to 1998, the talent promoter coached the second team of the record champions before returning to Säbener Straße between 2009 and 2018 as an assistant coach for the amateurs.
In 2007 Ulrich also acted briefly as head coach of SC Fürstenfeldbruck in the Bayernliga.
Rainer Ulrich as an eternal talent promoter
The former Bundesliga player came to FC Bayern from SSV Ulm.
Before that, Ulrich was already active as a trainer for the Karlsruher SC amateurs, where he worked with the likes of Oliver Kahn and Mehmet Scholl.
In his early days on the Isar, Ulrich accompanied numerous players on their way to becoming a professional.
Among others, Sammy Kuffour, Dietmar Hamann and Alexander Zickler played under the Mannheimer in the amateurs.
After positions as head coach in Karlsruhe (Bundesliga), Mannheim, Nöttingen, Schweinfurt and Fürstenfeldbruck, Ulrich finally returned to Munich in 2009.
As an assistant coach, he devoted himself to talent development again until 2018.
David Alaba, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Emre Can are just a small selection who made the leap into professional football thanks to Ulrich.
Rainer Ulrich: "I'm crazy about football, football is my life"
In his work as an assistant coach, the man from Mannheim worked with Gerd Müller, Erik ten Hag and Heiko Vogel, among others.
Ulrich and Mehmet Scholl were once part of the amateur coaching duo on Säbener Strasse.
The special thing about it: Ulrich once discovered and promoted Scholl at the KSC.
The former defender remained true to football his whole life and once said about himself: "I'm a football madman, football is my life." Numerous companions have remembered him since Ulrich's death.
Tobias Schweinsteiger, for example, thanked him in an Instagram post for countless goal shooting training sessions, great conversations and belief in him.
Rainer Ulrich observes 1860 training
Even when Ulrich ended his coaching career in 2019, the "football madman" did not disappear from the scene.
In the last three years, Ulrich has observed the training of TSV 1860 Munich on Grünwalder Straße almost every day and exchanged ideas with Löwen trainer Michael Köllner from time to time.
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FC Bayern will commemorate Ulrich with a minute's silence and wearing a black ribbon at the amateurs' home game against SpVgg Unterhaching on February 24.