Oliver Kahn Biography
Oliver Rolf Kahn is a former international football player who played for the German national football team. For a long time, he also played for FC Bayern Munich.
Being a skilled goalkeeper, Kahn was an asset to the team. He was born on 15 June, 1969 in Karlsruhe, West Germany.
At an age of just six, Kahn had joined Karlsruher SC’s junior team. Initially, he was an outfield player and not a goalkeeper. For the first time, he was included in the professional squad in 1987-88 season of the Bundesliga as a reserve goalkeeper.
He made his debut for the club on 27 November 1987 in a 4-0 home victory. Over the years, he established his importance and it was in 1990, that he started playing as the team’s starting goalkeeper.
Oliver was first called for the German national team as a backup for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. However, he made his debut on 23 June 1995 against Switzerland in a 2-1 victory.
For the initial few years in the international squad, he was the reserve goalkeeper for the team. After the retirement of Andreas Kopke in 1998, Kahn became the starting goalkeeper.
Rise to Glory
Oliver established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and got named the best goalkeeper in the world by IFFHS thrice in his career. He was a part of the 2002 FIFA World cup team and conceded only three goals in the entire tournament.
One of the worst patches of his career came at the start of the 21st century in a World Cup qualifier against England in 2001.
Germany were favoured to win as they had beaten the English team in the reverse fixture at Wembley. But they ended up losing the game 5-1, including a hattrick by Michael Owen.
In his entire career, he played for only two clubs. These clubs were Karlsruher SC and Bayern Munich. He won several championships as a part of these clubs including the German League Club and UEFA cup.
When Germany made an embarrassing exit in the group stage in 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, Kahn received the captaincy of the team. He led the team to the final of 2002 FIFA World Cup but ended up losing the final.
Under his captaincy, the team was also eliminated in the group stage in 2004 UEFA European football championship. After this defeat, he gave up his captaincy to Michael Ballack.
Kahn’s Record in Numbers
To his name, Kahn has a record four consecutive UEFA Best European goalkeeper awards.
He became the only goalkeeper in history to win the Golden Ball, a feat he achieved at the 2002 World Cup.
He has also won two German Footballer of the Year trophies. In the IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the 21st century, Kahn was placed at the fifth spot.
Kahn’s last game was against Portugal on 8 July, 2006. He pulled off several saves. He was also the captain in his last match in place of an injured Michael Ballack.