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Steve Dreger is a journalism graduate. After attending the 2006 World Cup as a fan, Steve worked as an overseas reporter at the 2008 Euro Cup and the 2010 World Cup


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Kahn Too

Written by on May 11, 2011 | 4 Comments »
Posted in Bayern Mnchen

When you think of dominating and aggressive footballers, the name Oliver Kahn should come to mind.

A winner of eight Bundesliga championships, six German Cups, a UEFA Cup, a FIFA Golden Ball award and a Champions League title, King Kahn has etched his name in football history as one of the greatest keepers ever.

Born in Karlsruhe, West Germany, Kahn began playing with the Karlsruher SC youth team at six years old. At 18 years old he got called up to the Bundesliga.

Six years later, Karlsruher SC a mid level Bundesliga team, rode the strong play of the blooming Oliver Kahn all the way to the UEFA Cup semi finals in 1993.

The excellent goalkeeping performance did not go unnoticed. The next season at 25 years old, Kahn was in the South of Germany playing for the Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.

At 25 years old Manuel Neuer could find himself following the exact path of that Kahn took, from western Germany to the black forest in the south of Germany.

Born in Gelsenkirchen, Neuer too started his football career very young with his hometown youth academy. At five years old Neuer was training in the Schalke camps.

As Kahn did, at 18 years old Neuer got called up to the men’s ranks, although it was the Schalke second team.

With a strong World Cup in South Africa and the impressive Schalke Champions League semi final run that Neuer anchored, he is paving the road to bigger and better clubs.

In December 2010, Kahn publically gave Neuer advice saying, “I think he will become world class,” Kahn told Bild. “But he has to take the next step and join one of the great clubs. Then he can play in the Champions League regularly, with Schalke it is certainly possible sporadically but not every year.”

Since then Bayern has made it clear that they want Neuer backing their team next season. The price isn’t set, but negotiations are inevitable.

On April 30th, the Bundesliga’s second place Bayer Leverkusen lost to FC Koln and at the time third place Hannover lost to Monchengladbach.

On that same Saturday, Neuer to suited up against his possible future employers Bayern Munich, who sat beneath Hannover in the table, at the edge of a Champions League spots.

The same Champions League that could play a huge role in where Neuer’s future lies.  Although Neuer made two fantastic saves, stealing goals away from Bayern, he faced twenty two shots, nine of them on target.

Bayern won 4-1. In that victory some Allianz Arena fans weren’t so welcoming to their possible future keeper. They remembered a celebration where Neuer had that mimicked their beloved Oliver Kahn.

A few sour fans will not stop Neuer from joining the Champions League bound Bayern Munich, if that’s where he wants to play. It wouldn’t be Kahn-like of him to care what fans are thinking of him.

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4 Responses to “Kahn Too”

  1. Soccerlogical says:

    Both keepers posses world class ability and all the tools but seems like Neuer is much more restrained and less belligerent on the field than was Kahn. Other than the instance of the celebration where Neuer had mimicked Kahn, I think their personality’s are very different. Neuer’s on field presence is more like van der Sar while Kahn and Lehman are two peas in a pod.

    Sidenote:
    Former England caretaker manager Peter Taylor claims David Beckham should be considered as possible replacement when Fabio Capello steps down.

    Taylor, who also took charge of the senior team for one game against Italy, believes a former England star could do the job…… “I think anybody that’s played for England on lots of occasions could easily manage England.”

    UNBE-FREAKIN-LIEVABLE!!!!

  2. Al Harris says:

    Breathe deeply, SL. Head between your knees. This too shall pass. Perhaps David can fit it in while still “playing” for the Galaxy and showing the commitment to the league he has displayed for the length of his contract up to this point. :-)

  3. Michael Sebold says:

    Ah, the nostalgia — if only Hopp had looked south instead of north, I could be harping on KSC glory once again . . .

  4. Steve Dreger says:

    SOCCERLOGICAL – Yes Neuer is slighlty more restrained… He can also be a Kahn-like bully on the field at times too.

    During the Quarterfinal clash between Germany and Argentina in Cape Town, Higuain and Neuer were going at each other behind the play the whole match. Unfortunately the cameras only captured a small portion of their interactions. Neuer was screaming at and taunting Higuain for the first 70 minutes of the match. It was very Kahn like of Neuer.

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