Kahn bows out after glittering career

17th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has bid an emotional farewell as his career draws to a close

Munich -- Veteran German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn played his final professional game Saturday, bringing to close a career which has spanned more than twenty years and seen Kahn lift several of football's major trophies.

Kahn's Bayern Munich beat Hertha Berlin 4-1 to round of a fine season for the club, but there were tears as both Kahn and long-standing team manager Ottmar Hitzfeld bid fairwell to the fans. Both were given a standing ovation by a capacity crown at Bayern's Allianz Arena stadium.

Although he played for some time with home-town club Karlsruhe, it was with Bayern that Kahn became synonymous. An inspired keeper for both the bavarian club and the German national team, Kahn's volatile temper attracted praise and criticism in equal measure, including a public spat with his national team mate Jens Lehmann in the battle for a place in the starting eleven.

When asked how he felt to finally be retiring, Kahn told German radio wryly, "It is madness, there you go, that's quite a Kahn sort of word for you".

Kahn was part of the impressive Bayern team which won the European Cup in 2001 and goalkeeper in the German side which reached the 2002 world cup final in Japan.

It is unclear exactly what Kahn will now do following his retirement from the professional game. It has been suggested that he move into coaching but he would not be drawn on the subject instead joining his team mates to celebrate Bayern's 21st German Bundesliga title.Expatica

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