Michel's passion for the sport began as an active soccer player, which for sports journalist Michel explains why his specialty became soccer. As a native of Kaiserslautern, he followed the career of Fritz Walter, who was a year older than his youth, and was considered a well-founded expert on the football scene of the 1950s around winning the 1954 World Cup .
In 1948 he started working as a radio reporter for Südwestfunk in Baden-Baden and was used to report on major league games. In 1954 he was part of a small team of journalists sent to Switzerland for the soccer World Cup . Since then he has reported from every soccer world championship up to 1982. Since 1962 he was also head of the sports department for radio and television, responsible for the organization of the broadcasts of the soccer world championships. The first technical feat was the broadcast of the 1962 World Cup from Chile . What was sensational for the time, he succeeded: nightly live reports for the radio from the other side of the globe. His report on the last Bundesliga matchday of the 1970/71 season is also well known . He commented on the 2-0 match between MSV Duisburg and FC Bayern Munich , in which Bayern had to give up the championship lead to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the last game of the season .
For television, he commented on the World Cup finals with German participation at the 1966 World Cup in England , 1974 in Germany and 1982 in Spain . From 1962 to 1988 he was head of the sports department at Südwestfunk Baden-Baden. In 1988, the popular reporter retired , but remained a newspaper columnist for the football audience. He called himself the defeat spokesman because the German team was mostly defeated when he commented on their games. By his own admission, commenting on the Wembley goal was the most difficult task of his reporting career. At the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, he reported on the semi-finals from Hungary to Uruguay. In addition to football, his love for sport was mainly the Tour de France . He accompanied the tour eight times in the 1950s and 1960s. He has also written numerous books.
For his 80th birthday in 2001, the Hessischer Rundfunk published an audio book. In 2006 he finally said goodbye to reporting. Most recently he lived as a pensioner with his wife in Baden-Baden.
Rudi Michel died at the age of 87 and was buried in the main cemetery in Baden-Baden .
- FIFA Order of Merit 2006
- Fritz Walter. The legend of German football. Engelhorn, 1995, ISBN 978-3-872-03216-4 .
- Germany is world champion !. Südwest-Verlag, 2004, ISBN 978-3-517-06735-3 .
- Literature by and about Rudi Michel in the catalog of the German National Library
- The sports journalist Rudi Michel is dead on swr.de on December 30, 2008
- Rudi Michel on place 81 of the "100 largest Rhineland-Palatinate"
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- knerger.de: Rudi Michel's grave
- List of FIFA Order of Merit recipients , accessed on October 25, 2012 (PDF; 71 kB)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German sports journalist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 2, 1921|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Kaiserslautern|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 29, 2008|
|Place of death||Baden-Baden|