|Estimated value:||€76 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||footballer|
Oliver Kahn was a professional soccer player at Karlsruher SC and FC Bayern Munich, with whom he won numerous titles. He also played 86 times for the German national team. Since retiring, he has worked as a TV expert and entrepreneur. From 2020 he will become a board member at his former club FC Bayern Munich.
Oliver Kahn was born in the summer of 1969 as the son of former Bundesliga player Rolf Kahn. The course was set early on for Oliver Kahn to turn to football. At the age of 6 he joined Karlsruher SC, where he trained as a goalkeeper until 1987. From 1987 his professional career began at Karlsruher SC.
Oliver Kahn made his debut as a professional in his first Bundesliga game at the end of 1987. It wasn’t until 1990, however, that he became the first-choice goalkeeper at Karlsruher SC. Here he was also in goal at the so-called “Miracle of the Wild Park” when his KSC defeated FC Valencia 7-0. In 1994 he then switched to FC Bayern Munich for 4.6 million DM, where he immediately became the first-choice goalkeeper, which he remained there until the end of his career in 2008. Overall, Oliver Kahn has 557 appearances in the Bundesliga.
He also played an important role in the national team of Germany. He had been part of the team here since 1993, but only became the first-choice goalkeeper with the 2000 European Championship. Although he took part in four World Cups between 1994 and 2006, he was only one goalkeeper (2002). The fact that he wished his eternal rival Jens Lehmann good luck before the penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals against Argentina brought a lot of sympathy to Oliver Kahn, who was considered to be dogged. His last game for the national team was the third-place match, which Germany won 3-1 against Portugal in Stuttgart.
Two years later he also ended his career as a club player and quickly became a TV expert at ZDF in the same year 2008. A job he still does to this day. In this, with increasing ease, he gained further sympathy beyond that of FC Bayern Munich fans. Previously, Kahn had been considered the enemy of many fans of other clubs.
Then there were other activities such as a goalkeeper show on Chinese television, his own goalkeeper school, which is mainly represented in the Middle East, and activities as a testimonial for various companies. In addition to completing his studies at a private university in the field of management, he also continued his education through a number of entrepreneurial projects of his own.
In 2009, he turned down an offer from FC Schalke 04 to join as manager. Instead, he will be promoted to the board of FC Bayern Munich at the beginning of 2020. There he is expected to close the gap in the interface between sporting and economic know-how, as Uli Hoeneß embodied it, which was caused by the departure of Uli Hoeneß. Since he also achieved a higher level of rhetoric in the long years of his work as a TV expert, many trust him to be successful here.
During his playing days he won several titles. In total there were eight German championships, six victories in the DFB Cup, plus the UEFA Cup in 1996 and the title of European champion in the same year. In this case, however, he was not used. In 2002, Oliver Kahn was vice world champion with the German national team and was voted player of the tournament in Japan and South Korea. He was the first goalkeeper ever to do this.
He also received a number of individual awards. He has been named World Goalkeeper of the Year three times and UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year four times, making him the all-time record holder. In addition, he took second place in the 2002 Footballer of the Year election, which is also unusual for a goalkeeper.
The most important title in his career was certainly winning the Champions League in 2001, when he saved several penalties in a penalty shoot-out against FC Valencia and thus became the match winner. Two years earlier he had suffered the most bitter defeat of his career, losing 2-1 to Manchester United. It is unclear whether the lost World Cup final in 2002 gnawed at him even more. In the same year that he won the Champions League title, Oliver Kahn also won the 2001 Intercontinental Cup.
“These are players of the century, as they occur at most every 50 years.”
“The coach said we should bite down on the opponent. I tried to take that into account”
“The only animal in our house is me.”
“Crises exist in the hospital, in the intensive care unit, or in the Middle East, but not in football.”
“The only thing that really interests me is: What can you do to be successful?”
His nickname is “Titan” given to him by the tabloids. The Leipzig pop group “Die Prinzen” released a song entitled “Olli Kahn”. During his time as an active player, he provided a whole series of sensational escapades. He once indicated a bite in the neck of Heiko Herrlich and jumped just past Stephane Chapuisat in kung fu style. He also scored a goal with his hands in a game against Hansa Rostock when he punched the ball into the opponent’s goalkeeper style – which was penalized with a straight red.
|Estimated value:||€76 million|