Werner Spinner was elected President of 1. FC Köln in April of 2012, making him the 9th president of the club’s history.
Supporting Werner Spinner are the club’s vice-presidents, Markus Ritterbach and Harald “Toni” Schumacher. The trio were elected in the Mitgliederversammlung (Club Member’s Meeting) in 2012, and re-elected in 2014 with an overwhelming majority. They are set to represent the club for the next three years in their respective roles.
Werner Spinner was born in Cologne on October 30th, 1948 – exactly 260 days after the founding of 1. FC Köln. He played for FC in his youth until school would no longer allow him to do so, and received his Diplom-Kaufmann (Business Administration degree) from the University of Cologne. With countless years of work experience worldwide, Spinner currently serves as a board member for businesses in Germany, Holland, and China. An FC-Club Member since 2006, he was elected President of the club in 2012. He is married and has four children.
Markus Ritterbach lives and breathes Cologne. He was born in the city on July 24th, 1963, and about a year later 1. FC Köln became the champions of the newly-founded Bundesliga in its inaugural season. Ritterbach is heavily involved in the Kölner Karneval (Cologne Carnival), having acted as president of the organizational committee. He is currently the Vice-President of 1. FC Köln, and can be seen frequenting FC home matches with his three sons.
Harald "Toni" Schumacher:
Harald Schumacher needs no introduction for FC fans. With 422 matches played, he is still the record-holder in appearances for 1. FC Köln in the Bundesliga. Nicknamed “Toni” due to his middle name of Anton, Schumacher had a tremendously successful playing career, having won the European Championship with the German national team in 1980, as well as 3 DFB-Pokals (Cups) in 1977, 1978, and 1983. But his highlight, he says, came in 1978 when Cologne achieved “the double”, having won both the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal. Along with Markus Ritterbach, Schumacher is one of two Vice-Presidents of 1. FC Köln.