Rudolf “Rudi” Brunnenmeier

Rudolf “Rudi” Brunnenmeier

Birth
Death 18 Apr 2003 (aged 62)
Burial Giesing, Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Plot 36b-2-63
Memorial ID 23718539 · View Source
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Rudolf "Rudi" Brunnenmeier was a German football (soccer) player. The former top scorer of the Bundesliga (football) and five times player for Germany is closely associated with the great era of TSV 1860 Munich in the 1960s. The forward played from 1960 until 1968 for 1860 Munich. Initially, from 1960 to 1963 the club was in the Oberliga Süd, the southern division of the then five way split German first division. There, 1860 won the league in 1963, yielding the title of "South German Champions", a berth in the play-offs for the national championship of that year, and most importantly a place in the first Bundesliga season 1963/64. In the Oberliga years Brunnenmeier contributed an impressive 73 goals in 88 Matches. In the Bundesliga the team coached by Max Merkel continued its success, winning the German Cup in 1964. Brunnenmeier not only contributetd 19 goals in 29 league matches, but also scored the decisive 2:0 in the cup final versus Frankfurt. In the next season Brunnenmeier rose his Bundesliga tally to 24 goals, which made him top scorer in that season. Most importantly the club reached the Cup Winners' Cup 1965 which took place in fron of a crowd of 100 000 in the Wembley Stadium in London. Effectively this turned out to be an away match, as West Ham United were the opponents. "Hammers" keeper Jim Standen made fine saves from 1860 captain Rudi Brunnenmeier and eventually two goals by Alan Sealey twenty minutes before time saw West Ham captain Bobby Moore lifting his first of altogether three trophies within one year in Wembley. In these years, 1964 and 1965 Brunnenmeier also played 5 times for the German national football team. He scored three goals in those matches. 1966 saw the peak of the Sixtiers, when they won the hitherto only championship title of their history. Peter Grosser and Hans Rebele powered the offensive style for which this side was famous. Highly memorable was also Yugoslav goalkeeper Petar Radenkovic, the first foreign star in the Bundesliga. Players like Luttrop and Reich performed defensive roles in this highly entertaining cast where also Alfred "Fredi" Heiss, Timo Konietzka, Wilfried Kohlars and Hans Küppers managed to capture the attention of a wider audience. But Brunnenmeier had already peaked before. In the championship season he only scored 15 goals, his lowest season output since he joined the club. And the club went downhill from then on forth, so did Brunnenmeier. As the club's placings moved into double digits, so did Brunnenmeier's annual tallies turn single digit: 7 goals stood at the end of the 66/67 season and in the next season, which should be his last with the Lions he even only was left with one single goal after only 12 matches. Rudi Brunnenmeier left with altogether 66 goals in 119 league matches, which remain club record, and is considered on of the the greatest forwards in 1860's history. After his time in Munich he initially played for four years with Xamax Neuchatel in the Swiss first division followed by a year with FC Zürich.
From 1973 until 1977 he is still on the books with Schwarz-Weiss Bregenz in Austria before playing three more years with amateur side FC Balzers in Liechtenstein. After the end of his years as player Brunnenmeier increasingly had problems due to his inclination to alcohol abuse which eventually impoverished him. Odd jobs helped him to get by. Eventually, on 18 April 2003 he died from alcohol related issues.


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  • Created by: Frank K.
  • Added: 2 Jan 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 23718539
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rudolf “Rudi” Brunnenmeier (11 Feb 1941–18 Apr 2003), Find a Grave Memorial no. 23718539, citing Ostfriedhof München, Giesing, Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany ; Maintained by Frank K. (contributor 46941322) .