Reinhard Rauball

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Reinhard Rauball (born December 25, 1946 in Northeim ) is a German politician ( SPD ), lawyer and football official . He became known as the president of the Borussia Dortmund football club several times and as a short-term Minister of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia . From 2007 to 2019 he was also President of the German League Association and thus also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the German Football League and 1st Vice President of the DFB . From November 2015 to April 2016 and again from April to September 2019, he acted alongside Rainer Koch as acting president of the DFB.

As an active footballer, Rauball played for TSC Eintracht Dortmund from the late 1960s to the early 1990s .



Rauball, son of the lawyer John Rauball , moved with his family in 1960 to Dortmund and studied after graduating from the Dortmund Leibniz-Gymnasium at the University of Bochum law . He received his doctorate there in 1972 on the subject of the parish districts, district committees and town councilors .

Rauball has been working as a lawyer in a Dortmund law firm since 1975. During his first presidency at BVB, Rauball was also the first lawyer in Germany to teach the subject of “Sport and Law” at the Institute for Sport at the University of Bochum. From 1991 to 2016 (when he reached the age limit) he was also a notary. In the 1990s and 2000s he made a name for himself as a sports lawyer and represented Katrin Krabbe , Nicole Uphoff and Graciano Rocchigiani as well as many dismissed coaches from Bundesliga clubs. Rauball made a special name for himself as one of the Basic Law commentators on the so-called “yellow” comments published by Ingo von Münch . He also commented on the municipal code of North Rhine-Westphalia, together with his father, among others.


From March 1 to March 8, 1999, Rauball was Minister of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia under Prime Minister Wolfgang Clement . Just a week after his appointment to the cabinet , Rauball had to resign because he had become a member of the supervisory board of the US company Eurogas in 1994 without having obtained the approval required for him as a notary under the Federal Notary Code. He therefore had to expect disciplinary proceedings from a court in his own division. His term of office was overshadowed by harsh criticism from the press of Eurogas prospectuses for which he and his brother Wolfgang Rauball were responsible and related share transactions that were “devoid of substance”.

In the course of the surveillance and espionage affair in 2013 , Rauball criticized "considerable impairment of human rights" through arbitrary surveillance and praised the "unselfish actions" of the US whistleblower Edward Snowden .

Football official

Rauball has been President of Borussia Dortmund for the third time since November 14, 2004 . Together with Gerd Pieper and Reinhold Lunow he forms the board of directors of BVB. In his first term of office from 1979 to 1982, at the age of 32, he was the youngest president in Bundesliga history. From 1984 to 1986 he was also president of the Bundesliga club's presidium, after initially being appointed as an emergency board by the Dortmund district court . He is regarded as the savior of the BVB since he saved the club in each of its terms before the bankruptcy, in his second term, particularly by his personal guarantee for a guarantee facility of Deutsche Bank . Most recently, he succeeded in saving BVB in 2005 and 2006 in cooperation with the two managing directors Hans-Joachim Watzke and Thomas Treß .

Since August 2007 Rauball was the successor of the late Werner Hackmann as chairman of the league association . As the only candidate he was elected with the votes of all 36 professional clubs. His term of office initially lasted until the beginning of the 2010/11 season, before he was elected for three further years on August 18, 2010 and August 7, 2013. Through this office he was also 1st Vice President of the DFB. At the beginning of September 2018 it was announced that Rauball did not want to run again as league president in 2019. Thereupon the general assembly of the DFL dissolved the office of the president and elected Rauball as its second honorary president. His successor at the head of the Presidium was Managing Director Christian Seifert as spokesman. His previous deputy Peter Peters from Schalke 04 succeeded him in the chairmanship of the supervisory board and as 1st vice-president of the DFB .

On November 9, 2015, Rauball took over as 1st Vice President together with Vice President Amateure Rainer Koch due to the resignation of Wolfgang Niersbach in the affair of the awarding of the 2006 World Cup in accordance with the statutes of the DFB President. On April 15, 2016, he handed over the office to Reinhard Grindel .

From April 2, 2019, after Grindel's immediate resignation due to personal misconduct, Rauball once again temporarily headed the DFB together with Rainer Koch and already resigned from the league presidium in August of that year, until Fritz Keller was elected DFB President in September 2019 .

Other social activities

Reinhard Rauball is a member of the board of trustees of the Robert Enke Foundation , he is also an ambassador for Kinderlachen e. V.


Especially during his brief political stint, Rauball's stock deals were heavily criticized. So he and his brother Wolfgang z. B. by the investor protector Heinz Gerlach called "asset destroyer". In the 1980s and 1990s, the brothers are said to have brought highly speculative companies to the stock exchange with TRV Minerals and Eurogas , among others , and lured investors with unrealistic prospects to buy. As a result, investors would have had to accept losses in the millions.


Rauball lives in Herdecke . He is married and has two grown daughters.

Rauball was a major shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of Etienne Aigner AG in the 1980s . He and his older brother Wolfgang held around sixty percent in Aigner through Iona Industries (Deutschland) GmbH, which is again a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iona Industries Inc. in Vancouver / Canada. Most of the shares, which they owned before the IPO, were bought in two stages in 1981 and 1983 from company founder Heiner H. Rankl.

From 1994 to 2007, his brother Werner Rauball was the last mayor of the town of Bitterfeld, which has now merged with neighboring towns . He was also a member of the SPD for many years . In the local elections in 2014 he ran as the top candidate for Die Linke and was elected to both the city council of the city of Bitterfeld-Wolfen and the district council of the Anhalt-Bitterfeld district.


  • Detailed interview under the title: Reinhard Rauball: Black and Yellow Life Achievement, in: Borussia - Your member magazine, issue 165 of December 7, 2019, p. 22 ff.

Individual evidence

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  3. As in the old student days: In: . February 17, 1999, accessed January 7, 2017 .
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  5. own statement in: Borussia - your member magazine, issue 165, p. 29
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  7. ^ Dataset at DNB , accessed on June 8, 2014.
  8. Johannes Rauball et al. a .: Municipal code for North Rhine-Westphalia. CH Beck, Munich 1968 ff. ISBN 3406081266 .
  9. Wolfgang Clement, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, hands Rauball the certificate of appointment as Minister of Justice. In: March 1, 1999, accessed January 7, 2017 .
  10. ^ Asylum for Snowden: "Welcome Edward!" In: Spiegel Online . November 3, 2013, accessed January 7, 2017 .
  11. own statement in: Borussia - your member magazine, issue 165, p. 25
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  13. Unanimously: Rauball will remain DFL President until 2016. In: . August 7, 2013, accessed January 7, 2017 .
  14. of September 10, 2018: Reinhard Rauball is retiring as DFL President , accessed on September 10, 2018
  15. Honorary President and President at the same time. In: . August 14, 2019, accessed March 18, 2020 .
  16. Peter Peters succeeds Reinhard Rauball as 1st DFB Vice President. In: . September 27, 2019, accessed March 18, 2020 .
  17. Grindel resigns as President, Koch and Rauball are interim leaders. Retrieved April 2, 2019 .
  18. Grindel resigns as president, Koch and Rauball interim top, accessed on April 2, 2019 on
  19. Grindel successor: Fritz Keller elected DFB President , on, accessed on September 29, 2019
  20. FOUNDATION BOARD. Retrieved September 29, 2019 . , on
  21. Homepage , accessed on February 8, 2016.
  22. ↑ A tough newbie. In: Der Spiegel . February 22, 1999, accessed October 24, 2012 .
  23. Uli Dönch: The "little doctor" in need. In: Focus . March 1, 1999, accessed October 24, 2012 .
  24. crash in the luxury store, in Die Zeit of 21 June 1985 online
  25. DIE LINKE parliamentary group (city council). In: July 26, 1997, accessed January 7, 2017 .
  26. The final results of the district elections 2014 ( Memento from September 12, 2014 in the Internet Archive )