Official: Kahn returns to Bayern

first_imgMore than a decade after his last stage in the goal of Bayern, Kahn returns to the club to which he owes much, but also to the one who gave much. Kahn and Bayern were an ideal symbiosis from 1994 to 2008. “I am deeply connected to the club, it has had a very strong influence on my life. I have experienced an incredible amount of emotional moments, ups and downs”said Kahn. The former German soccer player Oliver Kahn, 50, celebrates the new year with his return to Bayern Munich as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bavarian club, where he played from 1994 to 2008 and with which he conquered 8 Bundesligas, the Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, among other achievements. The announcement, made several days ago, is now confirmed with the entry of 2020. This has been communicated by the entity:Nicknamed ‘Titan’, the exporter He will work alongside the management team around Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, whom he will replace as head at the end of 2021. Uli Hoeness was responsible for the signing, which he agreed with Rummenigge and his successor in the presidency of Bayern, Herbert Hainer.“Oliver will bring his experience as a former world-class player and now also as a frontline entrepreneur. Oliver will enrich us. We will work well together,” Rummenigge said.Khan will meet the team during a visit to the Qatar training camp, from January 4 to 10, which will last several days. On January 19 he will attend the match against Hertha Berlin, the first of the second round of the Bundesliga of the Juerguen Klinsmann team.Klinsmann became a Bayern coach after Kahn’s career ended in the summer of 2008. The then coach was the one who downgraded Kahn to second goalkeeper behind Jens Lehmann at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The Supervisory Board, still under the direction of Hoeness, signed a five-year contract. Ottmar Hitzfeld, who has won several titles with Kahn as coach, including the Champions League in 2001, has absolute confidence in him to take the lead. “People know Oliver. He speaks simple language. He is a type of leader. He has the Bayern gene inside and a total identification with the club.”said Hitzfeld.The return of Kahn has unleashed the euphoria among the fans of Bayern, who celebrated the return of his ‘Titan’ at the annual general meeting in November almost more frantically than outgoing President Hoeness.They say that Kahn has prepared meticulously. Little has been heard from his mouth, only he wanted face the “new challenge” with “passion and enthusiasm”.Kahn was the least loved player in rival stadiums, where bananas were thrown from the stands. This intensified in 2000 in a duel in Freiburg when a fan threw a golf ball at his head. Kahn ran across the grass bleeding heavily. The wound was stapled without ceremony, Kahn returned to the arch the last seconds.Bayern has more than one thousand employees and an annual turnover of 750 million euros. In Munich only the titles count, at national and European level, along with serious business. Hoeness, Rummenigge and the new President Hainer believe that Kahn is capable of doing the most important job.Kahn was Hoeness’s idea. Both met again and again to talk. “At some point he clicked on me,” Hoeness described: “Oliver knows football, companies and carries Bayern’s DNA.” And he brought with him something indispensable: “We need someone in a leadership position who has been a footballer”.Maybe Kahn becomes the face of the club after Hoeness’s withdrawal from the front row: “Oliver was our titan in the field. And titanium does not oxidize. Consequently, we can get ready. Or that the other 17 Bundesliga clubs be prepared“.last_img

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