Oliver Kahn

Oliver Kahn ( 2004)

Oliver Rolf Kahn ( born June 15, 1969 in Karlsruhe ) is a former German football goalkeeper. He played during his professional career at Karlsruher SC and FC Bayern Munich, has been elected three times to the World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year title in 2002 as the first and only goalkeeper Golden Ball for the best player of the World Cup. Since 2008 he works as a football expert for the Second German Television.

Background and education

Oliver Kahn is the son of born in Latvia Karlsruhe Bundesliga soccer player Rolf Kahn.

Oliver Kahn put his Abitur in 1988 at the Helmholtz -Gymnasium in Karlsruhe and began to study economics at the University of Hagen, but only completed the basic studies. From 2009 to 2011, he successfully studied General Management at the Private University Seeburg Castle. Kahn has acquired the academic degree of Master of Business Administration.

With his ex- wife Simone, he has two children together. For a time, were his extramarital affairs subject of tabloid reporting. On 18 August 2009 his spokesman announced that Kahn will be separated after ten years of marriage with his wife Simone. On July 8, 2011, he married his girlfriend Svenja, with whom he has a son born on 1 February 2011.


In the club

As Kahn began playing football at the age of six years, he was first fielder, but soon he moved into the goal. His first club was the Karlsruher SC, where already Kahn's father Rolf had played from 1963 to 1965 in the Bundesliga. His brother Axel brought it to the KSC on several games in professional football. On the goalkeeper position, he went through the youth field and then played in the amateur team of the club. In the season 1987/88 he sat for the first time in the pros on the bench and had on 27 November 1987 in Cologne his Bundesliga debut. In November 1990, he had earned a regular place in the Bundesliga team of the KSC and played until his move as the undisputed number one in goal. The KSC under coach Winfried Schaefer reached each place 6 and so far his best finish in the Bundesliga in 1993 and 1994. Kahn was also the miracle of the wildlife park in 1993 in the gate, as the KSC FC Valencia struck in a UEFA Cup match 7-0.

For DM 4.6 million ( 2.4 million euros ), he joined in 1994 as a successor of Raimond Aumann at Bayern Munich. So much had been up to then never paid for a Bundesliga goalkeeper. During his time at Bayern he won the UEFA Cup, eight German championships, six League Cups, six DFB trophies and the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup. The DFB-Pokal, he won more than any other football player. Together with Mehmet Scholl He shares the record of eight German championships won.

During his club career Kahn frequently by opposing fans was pelted with bananas, to mock him for his alleged resemblance to a gorilla. Therefore, in the 2000/ 01 season it was the 34th game (19 May 2001) in the game against Hamburger SV to a remarkable event in the remote duel for the German Cup with Schalke 04, the game was due to the banana throws and the resulting cleanup late kick off. Patrik Andersson turned in the 94th minute an indirect free-kick for a 1-1 draw by which the German championship in front of the already wähnenden as champions FC Schalke 04 was secured.

On the first day of the 2006/07 season he played against Borussia Dortmund his 500th Bundesliga match, on 5 December 2006 against Inter Milan his 100th Champions League game. On 2 September 2007 he broke with the match against Hamburger SV Eike Immel from a record - keeper with his 535th Bundesliga game. He also holds the porters the record for the season with the most Bundesliga match inserts without conceding a goal ( 19 games in the 2001/ 02 season).

His active career ended Kahn on May 17, 2008, the final day of the Bundesliga season 2007/ 08 when he went off in the match Bayern Munich vs Hertha BSC in the 89th minute and was replaced by his designated successor Michael Rensing. Munich won the match, Kahn's 557th in the league, 4-1 and set with only 21 received hits a season until the 2012/13 season (also from Bayern Munich) broken Bundesliga record. The last competitive goal against Kahn scoring Valeri Domowtschijski. Kahn played with Bayern Munich on 27 May 2008 his last professional game before 120,000 spectators in Kolkata ( India) against Mohun Bagan AC, which ended 3-0 for Munich. A farewell match for Kahn took place at the Allianz Arena between FC Bayern Munich and the German national team on September 2, 2008. Before the game, he was named honorary captain of Bayern Munich. Kahn was replaced in the 75th minute and the game was briefly interrupted to say goodbye Kahn. The game ended 1-1.

In the National Team

Kahn was first appointed to the national team in the fall of 1993, but not used. At the Football World Cup 1994 in the USA, he participated as third goalkeeper.

His debut in the DFB team gave Kahn on 23 June 1995 in the 2-1 victory against Switzerland in Bern. He was a reserve goalkeeper Andreas Koepke behind European champion in England in 1996. As a second goalkeeper he also participated in the following World Cup in France in 1998. As Kopke resigned after the tournament from the national team, Kahn rose to the goalkeeper. On 26 January 2002, he also took over the captain of the German national team Oliver Bierhoff office.

In the national squad Kahn reported successes, such as the Football World Cup 2002 in Japan and South Korea, where he was instrumental contributed to reaching the finals by his performance and was awarded the Golden Ball as the best World Cup players. In the final, however he defended a shot from Rivaldo unhappy at the feet of Ronaldo from which only had to push to make it 1-0. In August 2004, Kahn's team-mate Michael Ballack from Bayern Munich 's new captain of the national team.

Prior to the 2006 World Cup Kahn competed with Jens Lehmann for the post of master Keepers. In the run- Jürgen Klinsmann had since August 2004 consciously decides to nominate a clear number 1. The result was that the two goalkeepers over a year and a half now, unique remote duel for No. 1 in the German goal gave what drew a true hysteria according to the German media.

On 7 April 2006, the competition was decided in favor of Lehmann. On 10 April 2006 Kahn announced at a press conference that he stands at the 2006 World Cup as a second goalkeeper available. His retirement from international football gave Kahn on 8 July 2006, following the 3rd place match at the 2006 FIFA World Cup announced after a recent sporting highlight celebrated with a 3-1 victory of the German team in the national jersey.

Kahn is the goalkeeper, who led the team as captain on the field most often, namely 49 times.


2002 honored him with the Leipzig pop group Die Prinzen the song " Olli Kahn ". In May 2004, Kahn published his autobiography number one. In May 2008, followed by his second book, I. Success comes from within. Since September 2010 his youth book is you pack it! How do you do what you want on the market.

Kahn is "The Titan " also known by his nickname, which was given to him during the 2002 World Cup.

After the 2008 European Championship in Austria and Switzerland Kahn took over the post at expert football broadcasts of ZDF on the side of Johannes B. Kerner, who was later replaced by Katrin Müller- Hohenstein. At the 2012 European Football Championship Kahn joined with Katrin Müller -Hohenstein in the ZDF report on the Baltic Sea beach in Usedom as an expert on. The ZDF coverage has been criticized in some media. It was, inter alia, complains that Kahn Ignite no analysis of fire, like the ARD expert Mehmet Scholl.

In spring 2009, Kahn turned down an offer of FC Schalke 04, to act as a manager there.

In Asia Kahn is especially true since the Football World Cup 2002 in Japan and South Korea as a popular star of German football, where he was to be seen, inter alia, in a commercial Bank of Shinki. Since April 2009, rated Kahn as a jury member of the entertainment show China seeks the Super Goalkeeper goalkeeper in Chinese state television (CCTV ).

Achievements and titles

As a national player

  • European Championship: European Championship 1996 ( without insert)
  • World Cup: Vice World Champion 2002
  • Confederations Cup: Third place 2005
  • World Cup: Third place 2006 ( an insert )

With its clubs

  • World Cup winner: 2001
  • UEFA Champions League winner: 2001
  • UEFA Cup winners: 1996
  • German master (8): 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • DFB Cup winners (6): 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • DFB - League Cup winners (6): 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007


  • World's Best Goalkeeper: 1999, 2001, 2002
  • UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Best Bundesliga Goalkeeper: 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
  • Germany's Footballer of the Year: 2000, 2001
  • 2nd place World Footballer of the Year: 2002
  • 3rd place European Footballer of the Year: 2001, 2002
  • Best player of the World Cup ( the first goalkeeper ): 2002
  • Best goalkeepers in the world championship ( Lev Yashin Award ): 2002
  • All- Star Team of the World Cup: 2002
  • Man of the Match for his performances in the CL Final 2001
  • Fairness Prize UEFA: 2001
  • Silver bay leaf with the German national team: 2006
  • Man of the Year in German football: 2001
  • VDV Player of the Year: 1998, 2001
  • Bambi: 2001, 2006
  • Bavarian Sport Price Category " Prize of the Bavarian Prime Minister ": 2002
  • Golden Ring of Honour of the City of Munich for his outstanding contributions to the sport in Munich: 2003
  • Inclusion in the FIFA 100, a notice from the FIFA list of the 125 greatest living footballers: 2004
  • Sport Bild Award for Best Sports Idea: 2006
  • "Golden Prometheus 2006" the magazine " ViSdP" in the category "Coup of the Year": 2007
  • Honorary captain of Bayern Munich 2008
  • Rank 5 in the All- Time World Goalkeeper Ranking ( 1987-2008 ) the IFFHS

Doping test

Because of an incorrect votes doping sample and a subsequent tantrum on 7 March 2007 Kahn received a match suspension in the Champions League and a fine in the amount of 12,339 euros. In this incident ( in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Real Madrid) Kahn was asked by a first doping test of the UEFA unobserved physician Franz Krösslhuber, again make a sample. Kahn then threw his urine filled cup in a toilet. In addition, Kahn is the ground control station are visited not directly after the match, but have gone only once under the shower.

Notable events

In his 20 -year career, Kahn became a cult figure in German football. Were also famous for his distinctive ambition, dropouts, his attacks on opponents and his quotations. Here are some notable events are listed below:

  • On September 11, 1993 ( DFB Pokal, 3rd round ), in the game at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Kahn was just before the break made ​​of a chestnut on the head and sent off in the 85th minute. Moenchengladbach won by 0:2 and 1:3 with 5:3 nV The game was repeated in Dusseldorf, Mönchengladbach won 1-0.
  • On April 3, 1999 ( 24th Round ), in the game between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich, Kahn Heiko Herrlich approached in such a way, as if to bite him in the neck.
  • In the same game boat stormed out of his penalty area and jumped forward with the leg extended the Dortmund Stéphane Chapuisat. This action earned him the media nickname Kung-Fu -Kahn. In neither of the two attacks, there was a warning Kahn.
  • On September 18, 1999 ( 5th Round ), in the game against Eintracht Frankfurt FC Bayern München, Kahn came so unhappy with his teammate Samuel Kuffour that Kahn fainted, treated for several minutes and finally had to be replaced in the 55th minute. For Oliver Kahn goalkeeper Bernd Dreher came on, but soon the twisted knee. Therefore, the fielder Michael Tarnat had to be replaced and play as a goalkeeper. Bayern still turned the game and won 2-1.
  • On 12 April 2000 ( 29th Round ), in the game against SC Freiburg Bayern Munich, a spectator threw a golf ball according to Kahn, who met him at the temple. The wound was bleeding profusely. After a brief inspection of the wound Kahn returned to the gate. The SC Freiburg had to pay $ 15,000 penalty for this later.
  • On March 3, 2001 ( 24th Round ), in the game against Hansa Rostock FC Bayern Munich, Oliver Kahn rushed with the score at 3-2 for the Rostock in the final minutes in the penalty box, punched the corner came into the goal and looked for of the violation, shortly after a second yellow card. Later, he jokingly said: "I thought the goalkeeper may play in the penalty area the ball with his hand. "
  • On September 28, 2002 ( 7th Round ), in the game against Bayer 04 Leverkusen FC Bayern München, Kahn Thomas Brdarić grabbed the neck. Kahn and Brdarić saw this yellow, which was added to the public with great criticism since a similar action was being punished for some game days earlier with the immediate dismissal.


  • Number one, Droemer / Knaur 2004, ISBN 3-426-27346-2
  • I. Success comes from within, riva premium Verlag 2008, ISBN 3-936994-99-4
  • You grab it! How do you do what you want, Pendo / Piper Verlag 2010, ISBN 978-3-86612-279-6

Social Commitment

Oliver Kahn supports three social projects with the Munich street soccer league buntkicktgut, the Justin Rockola relief and Sepp Herberger Foundation. He also has the Oliver Kahn Foundation launched the works since the fall of 2011 with the Roland Berger Foundation to schools in nine states. The Foundation works with the self-developed program " You pack it! ", Which is to increase the motivation of students.