Oliver Kahn

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Oliver Kahn
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Oliver Kahn (2018)
Surname Oliver Rolf Kahn
birthday 15th June 1969
place of birth KarlsruheGermany
size 188 cm
position goalkeeper
Years station
1975-1987 Karlsruher SC
Years station Games (goals) 1
1987-1994 Karlsruher SC 128 (0)
1994-2008 FC Bayern Munich 429 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1993-2006 Germany 86 (0)
1 Only league games are given.

Oliver Rolf Kahn (born June 15, 1969 in Karlsruhe ) is a former German soccer goalkeeper and today's manager .

He started playing football at Karlsruher SC , became a professional there and, in 1994, at the age of 25, moved to Bayern Munich , with whom he won numerous titles in 14 years, including the 2001 Champions League and the World Cup . He was voted World Goalkeeper of the Year three times and in 2002 was the first and so far only goalkeeper to receive the Golden Ball for the best player in the World Cup . From 1993 to 2006 he was in the goal of the German national team in 86 international matches , was European champion with them in 1996 and vice world champion in 2002 .

From 2008 to 2020 Kahn was seen as a football expert at ZDF , he was also active as an entrepreneur . Kahn has been a member of the board of directors of FC Bayern Munich since January 2020.

Education and family

Oliver Kahn is the younger son of the Latvian- born Baltic German and former Karlsruhe Bundesliga soccer player Rolf Kahn . Oliver Kahn's older brother Axel is also a former professional soccer player from Karlsruhe.

Oliver Kahn passed his Abitur at the Helmholtz-Gymnasium in Karlsruhe in 1988 and began to study economics at the Distance University in Hagen , but only completed the basic course . From 2009 to 2011 he occupied at the Private University Seeburg Castle the degree program General Management with a minor in Sports Management , which he with the academic degree of Master of Business Administration graduated.

In June 1999, Kahn married his long-time girlfriend Simone Belz. With her he has a daughter (* 1998) and a son (* 2003). From 2003 to 2008 there was a liaison with the later presenter Verena Kerth . In 2008 Kahn returned to the marriage, in 2009 he announced the separation. On July 8, 2011, he married the model Svenja Kögel, with whom he has a son (* 2011) and a daughter (* 2016).

Career as a player

In the club

When Kahn started playing soccer at the age of six, he was initially a field player, but soon he switched to goal. The reason for this was, according to his own statements, a goalkeeper uniform of the " Sepp Maier Edition" that he had received from his grandfather for his birthday. His first club was Karlsruher SC , where Kahn's father Rolf had played in the Bundesliga from 1963 to 1965 . His brother Axel also played several professional football matches for the KSC. In the goalkeeper position, he went through the youth area and then played in the amateur team of the club. In the 1987/88 season he sat on the bench for the first time with the professionals and made his Bundesliga debut on November 27, 1987 in Cologne. In November 1990 he had earned a regular place in the Bundesliga team of the KSC and played as the undisputed number one in goal until his move. The KSC under coach Winfried Schäfer achieved 6th place in each of the years 1993 and 1994 and thus its best position in the Bundesliga to date. Kahn was also in goal at the Miracle vom Wildpark in 1993, when KSC beat Valencia CF 7-0 in a UEFA Cup game.

Oliver Kahn at a game of FC Bayern Munich (2006)

For 4.6 million German marks (around 2.4 million euros ), he moved to FC Bayern Munich in 1994 as the successor to Raimond Aumann . Until then, that much had never been paid for a Bundesliga goalkeeper. During his time at FC Bayern, he won the UEFA Cup, eight German championships , six league cups , six DFB cups, as well as the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup . Only Bastian Schweinsteiger won the DFB Cup more often than Kahn. Together with Mehmet Scholl , Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm , he shares second place with eight German championship titles behind Franck Ribéry with nine titles.

During his club career, Kahn was often pelted with bananas by opposing fans to ridicule him for his alleged resemblance to a gorilla . In the 2000/01 season , on the 34th matchday (May 19, 2001) in the game against Hamburger SV there was a remarkable event in the remote duel for the German championship with Schalke 04 . The game started late due to the banana throws and the resulting clean-up work. Patrik Andersson converted an indirect free kick in the 94th minute to make it 1-1, which secured the German championship in front of FC Schalke 04, who already thought they were champions.

On the first day of the 2006/07 season , Kahn played his 500th Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund and his 100th Champions League game against Inter Milan on December 5, 2006 . On September 2, 2007, he replaced Eike Immel as the record goalkeeper with his 535th Bundesliga game in the game against Hamburger SV . In the 2001/02 season he reached the goalkeeper record for the season with the most Bundesliga appearances without conceding a goal (19 games) and was only surpassed 13 years later by Manuel Neuer with 20 Bundesliga games without a goal . Kahn is still the Bundesliga keeper with the most minutes of play (49,302) and the most games without conceding a goal (204).

Kahn at his farewell game in the Munich Allianz Arena (2008)

Kahn played his last competitive game on May 17, 2008, the last day of the 2007/08 Bundesliga season , when he left the field in the 89th minute of the home game against Hertha BSC and was replaced by his successor Michael Rensing . Munich won the game, Kahn's 557th in the Bundesliga, 4-1 and set a new Bundesliga record with only 21 goals conceded. The last competitive goal against Kahn was scored by Valeri Domowtschijski . FC Bayern then went on a trip to Asia, where Kahn played his last regular game for Bayern on May 27, 2008 in Calcutta, India against Mohun Bagan AC in front of around 120,000 spectators after 14 years in the Bayern goal. Bayern won the game 3-0 and Kahn received a scooter from the hosts. A farewell game for Kahn then took place on September 2, 2008 in the Allianz Arena between FC Bayern Munich and the German national team. Before the game he was made honorary captain of Bayern Munich. Kahn was replaced by Michael Rensing in the 75th minute and the game was briefly interrupted to see Kahn off. The game ended 1-1.

Change rumors

Manchester United, under the leadership of coaching legend Sir Alex Ferguson, has been interested in a transfer several times . The change ambitions became most concrete in the summer of 2003. ManU was looking for a better alternative to Fabien Barthez . Even when Arsenal was searching Arsene Wenger for a successor to the 40-year-old David Seaman . Kahn indicated that a move abroad appealed to him. After retiring, he said that he regretted not having accepted the exciting challenge. At that time, however, it was important to him to shape an era in Munich.

In the national team

Kahn at the Confederations Cup (2005)

Kahn was appointed to the national team for the first time in the fall of 1993, but without being used. At the 1994 World Cup in the USA , he took part as the third goalkeeper.

Kahn made his debut in the DFB team on June 23, 1995 in a 2-1 win over Switzerland in Bern . 1996 he was appointed as reserve goalkeeper behind Andreas Kopke European champion in England . As the second goalkeeper, he also took part in the 1998 World Cup in France . When Köpke resigned from the national team after the tournament, Kahn rose to become a regular goalkeeper. On January 26, 2002 he also took over the role of captain of the German national team from Oliver Bierhoff .

Kahn was also successful with the national team, for example at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea , where his performance made a significant contribution to reaching the finals and was awarded the Golden Ball as the best World Cup player. In the final against Brazil, however, he fought off a shot from Rivaldo at Ronaldo's feet , making it 1-0. In August 2004, after the European Championship in Portugal , which was rather unfortunate for Germany , Kahn's team-mate Michael Ballack from Bayern Munich became the new captain of the national team.

In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup in his own country, Kahn competed with Jens Lehmann for the post of goalkeeper. National coach Jürgen Klinsmann had deliberately refrained from naming such a person early on since August 2004. The result was that the two goalkeepers fought a long distance duel for the regular place in the German goal for over a year and a half , which was accompanied by a large media coverage.

Goalkeeper gloves from Kahn

On April 7, 2006 the competition was decided in favor of Lehmann. On April 10, 2006, Kahn announced at a press conference that he would be available as the second goalkeeper at the 2006 World Cup. In the game for third place, which was won 3-1 against Portugal , Kahn was once again in the goal of the national team, before he announced his resignation from the national team after 86 international matches.

Kahn is the goalkeeper who most often, 47 times, led the team onto the field as captain.

Career as a functionary

In January 2020, Kahn became a member of the board of directors of FC Bayern München AG , which runs the licensed player department of FC Bayern München . He signed a five-year contract and will replace Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as CEO from January 2022 .

other activities

Oliver Kahn (center) during ZDF's reporting on the 2018 World Cup (from left: Holger Stanislawski , Oliver Welke , Jochen Breyer and Urs Meier )

In May 2004, Kahn published his number one autobiography . His second book followed four years later, Ich. Success comes from within . Since September 2010 his book for young people is Du packst es! How you can do what you want in the market.

After the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland in 2008 , Kahn took over the post of expert on ZDF football broadcasts alongside Johannes B. Kerner , who was later replaced by Katrin Müller-Hohenstein . For the European Football Championship 2012 , Kahn appeared together with Katrin Müller-Hohenstein in ZDF reporting on the Baltic Sea beach in Usedom as an expert. This reporting was criticized in some media: It was u. a. criticizes the fact that Kahn "does not ignite an analysis fire", as it was awarded to the ARD expert Mehmet Scholl . At the 2014 World Cup , Oliver Kahn was seen as an expert at Oliver Welke's side .

In spring 2009, Kahn rejected an offer from FC Schalke 04 to work there as a manager .

In Asia , Kahn has been a popular star of German football , especially since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea , where he was seen, among other things, in a commercial for the Shinki bank . As of April 2009, Kahn was a member of the jury for the entertainment show China sucht den Super Goalkeeper Goalkeeper on Chinese state television (CCTV) , but the format was ultimately not broadcast.

Oliver Kahn has been the brand ambassador for the betting company Tipico since the end of 2012 . In connection with the partnership between the German Football League and the bookmaker, Kahn's role was problematized by Transparency International Germany. His work for Tipico contradicts the guidelines of the ZDF , according to which advertising by athletes and officials must be avoided because of their role model character. Transparency International called on the ZDF television council to eliminate this “commentator gap” in its own guidelines.

In 2016 he founded the company Goalplay , whose goal is to train goalkeepers online.

Since autumn 2017, Kahn has been supporting the Saudi Arabian Football Association in training goalkeepers. He was supposed to teach them the methodology of the modern goalkeeping game in the long term, for which an academy called "Oliver Kahn International Academy" was founded. The engagement was planned until after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Successes, titles and awards

National team





Personality and impact in public

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Kahn has developed into a cult figure in German football. His pronounced ambition , his perfectionism , his dropouts, his attacks on opponents and his quotes became famous . Here are a few examples:

  • On April 3, 1999 in the game Borussia Dortmund against FC Bayern Munich, Kahn approached Heiko Herrlich as if he wanted to bite him in the neck.
  • On September 18, 1999 in the game Eintracht Frankfurt against FC Bayern Munich, Kahn clashed so unhappily with his teammate Samuel Kuffour when the score was 1-0 for Eintracht that Kahn passed out, treated for minutes and finally be replaced in the 55th minute had to. She was later diagnosed with a severe concussion . Substitute goalkeeper Bernd Dreher was substituted on for Oliver Kahn , who tore a cruciate ligament just a few minutes later . Field player Michael Tarnat was substituted on for him, and he took on the goalkeeping role for the rest of the game. FC Bayern scored two more goals for a 2-1 win.
  • On April 12, 2000 in the game between SC Freiburg and FC Bayern Munich, a spectator threw a golf ball at Kahn, which hit him on the temple. The wound was bleeding profusely. After a brief examination of the wound, Kahn returned to the gate. SC Freiburg later had to pay a fine of DM 15,000 for this.
  • On March 3, 2001 in the game Hansa Rostock against FC Bayern Munich, Oliver Kahn rushed into the opposing penalty area with the score of 3: 2 for the Rostockers in the final minutes, fisted the ball into the goal after a corner and then saw the referee because of this irregularity Markus Merk received the yellow-red card . He later said jokingly: "I thought the goalkeeper was allowed to play the ball with his hand in the penalty area."
  • On September 28, 2002 in the match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern Munich, Kahn grabbed opponent Thomas Brdarić by the neck. Kahn and Brdarić were cautioned by referee Hellmut Krug with a yellow card , which was received with great criticism in public, as a similar action had been expelled a few game days earlier.
  • After a 2-0 defeat at Schalke on November 1st, 2003, when asked by Premiere reporter Tom Bartels , Kahn replied what Bayern had been missing: “Eggs!” Bartels wanted to make sure: “The team didn't fight back. The team has not shown what you have been demanding for weeks, did I understand you correctly? "Kahn replied with his legendary sentence, with which he is still associated today:" I say yes: 'Eggs, we need eggs! ' "in 2013, the published fast food chain McDonald's in accordance to Kahn set an advertising campaign titled" Germany needs eggs!' 'to advertise their McMuffin Bacon & egg to make burger, which contains an egg, . In November 2018, Joshua Kimmich, another Bayern player , demanded "eggs" from his team.
  • On April 16, 2005 (29th matchday), Kahn said after a narrow 1-0 victory for Bayern over Hannover 96 , which ensured a preliminary decision in the 2004/2005 title fight and came about with a goal in the last minutes of the game, about the so-called Bayern bonus : “In keeping with FC Bayern tradition, we have good nerves. There is no such thing as happiness. You have to force it. "
  • After the knockout round return leg of the Champions League on 7 March 2007 against Real Madrid Kahn was after a first, unobserved doping test of UEFA asked -Doctor Franz Krösslhuber, again submit to Sample and this time under supervision. Kahn threw his filled urine cup into a toilet. In addition, Kahn is said not to have gone to the control station immediately after the end of the game, but first went into the shower. Because of the incorrectly submitted doping test and the subsequent tantrum, Kahn received a game ban in the Champions League and a fine of 20,000 Swiss francs (approx. 12,000 euros, according to the exchange rate at the time).

Kahn is also known by his nickname "The Titan ", which he received during the 2002 World Cup.

In 2002 the Leipzig pop group Die Prinzen dedicated the song "Olli Kahn" to him.

social commitment

Oliver Kahn supports three social projects with the Munich street soccer league buntkicktgut , Justin Rockola emergency aid and the Sepp Herberger Foundation . He also set up the Oliver Kahn Foundation , which has been working with the Roland Berger Foundation at schools in nine federal states since autumn 2011 . The foundation works with the self-developed program "You can do it!", Which aims to increase the motivation of students. The foundation helps shape the sports brand from Oliver Kahn, the sports hero, Oliver Kahn .


See also

Web links

Commons : Oliver Kahn  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

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