Heribert Bruchhagen

  • Honorary Award Recipient
  • Former member of the League Association
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG & HSV Fußball AG

Heribert Bruchhagen, born in Düsseldorf in 1948, was named as an Ehrenpreisträger (Honorary Award Recipient) of the DFL at the 2016 General Assembly. He had just ended his 13-year tenure as CEO of Eintracht Frankfurt, a post he took up in 2003 after a two-year spell as COO for league operations at DFL GmbH. Previously, Heribert Bruchhagen, who grew up and still lives in Harsewinkel, East Westphalia, was general manager of FC Schalke 04 (1988–1992), Hamburger SV (1992–1995) and DSC Arminia Bielefeld (1998–2001). He returned to Hamburger SV as CEO at the end of 2016, staying until March 2018. From 2000 to 2001 and then from 2007 to 2015, Heribert Bruchhagen was a member of the Executive Board of the Ligaverband (now the Executive Committee of the DFL) and the Executive Board of the German Football Association (DFB).

His career in football started as a licensed player – reaching the heights of Bundesliga 2 – at DJK Gütersloh and FC Gütersloh (1968–1982). After retiring, he became coach of FC Gütersloh (1982–1988). Partially in parallel, Heribert Bruchhagen also taught German and geography at secondary school (1975–1988).

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