Sammy Kufour finally reveals the mystery behind his son’s name

By naming his youngest child after the German city, the former Black Stars center-back chose to honor his time playing for the Bavarian giants.

Sammy Kuffour, a former defender for Ghana and Bayern Munich, claimed that he called his youngest son “Munich” for the place that provided him so much in his life.

Kuffour played with Bayern for 12 years (1993–2005), winning six Bundesliga championships and the Uefa Champions League.
He chose to name his son after the city to honor his time in Germany after becoming a crucial player of the team and experiencing great success with the Bavarian giants.

“My son’s name is Munich,” Kwamena Obu Mensah, who had traveled to Ghana with the Borussia Dortmund legends, handed Kuffour the official Bundesliga ball for the upcoming season.

Former Bayern & Ghana defender Sammy Kuffuor named his son Munich after the city that gave so much to him❤️

— Joel Omotto (@JoelOmotto) June 11, 2022

Mensah then queried, “Have you told your teammates that you named your son after the club you played for?” to which Kuffour responded, “The city itself, Munich. Uli Hoeness [former Bayern president] has to meet him.”

Kuffour, who had previously played for Serie A team Torino, joined Bayern as a 17-year-old in 1993. He was later transferred to FC Nurnberg in Germany’s second level, where he made an impression before breaking through with the Bavarians the following season.

He would go on to play 11 seasons in the Bundesliga for Bayern, winning the championship in 1996–1997, 1998–1999, 1999–2000, 2000–2001, 2002–03, and 2004–2005. He would also win the Champions League in 2000–2001 after defeating Valencia in a fiercely contested final.

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Kuffour, who appeared in 277 games At the age of 18 years and 61 days, Bayern, who also scored nine goals, became the youngest defender ever to score in the Champions League against the Russian team Spartak Moscow in November 1994.

When Bayer famously lost the 1999 final to Manchester United after giving up two goals in three minutes of extra time despite being only seconds away from winning, the Ghana star was at the center of the team’s defense.

Kuffour was a member of the African Giants team that drew 2-2 with Dortmund Legends at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday, capping off Black and Yellow’s four-day visit to Ghana.

Three-time African Player of the Year Abedi Pele led the African Legends team, which also included Charles Akonnor, Asamoah Gyan, Isaac Vorsah, Odartey Lamptey, Kojo Asamoah, Prince Tagoe, Godfred Aduobe, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Stephen Appiah.

Former goalie Roman Weidenfeller, Jan Koller, Dede, Kevin Groskreutz and Ghana’s own Ibrahim Tanko were all members of the Dortmund Legends.


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