His nickname is better known than his first name, and Toni Schumacher received that after his first training session. As Schumacher had introduced himself with “I’m Harald”, team-mate, Heinz Simmet said: “We already have a Harald (Konopka). And whoever is in goal for FC, can only be called Toni.” The Toni, which Simmet thought of in this moment, was the unforgotten hero from Liverpool, Anton “Toni” Schumacher. Coincidentally, the nickname actually fitted. Harald Schumacher’s second name is Anton, after his grandfather.
Then it was not yet clear, that the boy from Düren with the figure of a bottle of coke (O-Ton Schumacher) would go on to become one of the best goalkeepers of his generation. A European Champion, a twice World Cup runner-up, twice German champion, three-time Pokal winner, two-time footballer of the year and FC’s record appearance maker (422 Bundesliga games/772 overall). He is also the author of the book “Anpfiff”, for which he was thrown out of FC and the national team for. It was a shock but also an experience that Toni has gained from. “My red-white tinted glasses were taken off, and I would never have left FC had the choice been mine. But I spent wonderful years in Turkey, played for Bayern and was champion with Borussia Dortmund – all while collecting a lot of experiences that I can bring to FC today.”
Schumacher returned to FC in 2012, almost 25 years later, as Vice-President. He still holds this position today and will celebrate his birthday in his close circle of family and friends. FC wish him all the best.