Oliver Kahn
Oliver Kahn
Personal information
Full name Oliver Rolf Kahn
Date of birth 15 June 1969 (1969-06-15) (age 48)
Place of birth    Karlsruhe, Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper

Oliver Rolf Kahn, nicknamed Der Titan (the Titan); born 15 June 1969) is a former German football goalkeeper. He started his career in the Karlsruher SC Junior team in 1975. Twelve years later, Kahn made his debut match in the professional squad. In 1994, he was transferred to Bayern Munich for the fee of DM4.6 million, where he played until the end of his career in 2008.

Kahn is one of the most successful German players in recent history, having won eight Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokals, the UEFA Cup in 1996, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, both achieved in 2001. His individual contributions have earned him four consecutive UEFA Best European Goalkeeper awards, three IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper awards, and two German Footballer of the Year trophies. At the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Kahn became the first and only goalkeeper in the tournament's history to win the Golden Ball.

From 1994 to 2006, Kahn was part of the German national team, in which he played as a starter after the retirement of Andreas Köpke. In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the team reached the final. While Germany was several times derided for their poor performance, Kahn's prowess proved to be the deciding factor in several games up until the final, where Germany lost 0–2 to Brazil. He was named the tournament's best player and received the Golden Ball award.

Germany crest
Germany – 1994 FIFA World Cup

1. Illgner 2. Strunz 3. Brehme 4. Kohler 5. Helmer 6. Buchwald 7. Möller 8. Häßler 9. Riedle 10. Matthäus (c) 11. Kuntz 12. Köpke 13. Völler 14. Berthold 15. Gaudino 16. Sammer 17. Wagner 18. Klinsmann 19. Kirsten 20. Effenberg 21. Basler 22. Kahn

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