Lehmann wants number 1 role frombattered Kahn for 2006 World Cup

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4 October 2004 , HAMBURG - Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann reiterated in an interview published on Monday that he aims to be Germany's number 1 between the posts at the 2006 home World Cup. The same day current starter Oliver Kahn was the target of a battering for another round of Bundesliga antics. "I am absolutely convinced that I will be between the posts at the 2006 World Cup," said Lehmann. "Given my form I deserve to play. I feel that I am playing at the best level in my career," he said. The Arsenal

4 October 2004

HAMBURG - Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann reiterated in an interview published on Monday that he aims to be Germany's number 1 between the posts at the 2006 home World Cup.

The same day current starter Oliver Kahn was the target of a battering for another round of Bundesliga antics.

"I am absolutely convinced that I will be between the posts at the 2006 World Cup," said Lehmann.

"Given my form I deserve to play. I feel that I am playing at the best level in my career," he said.

The Arsenal goalkeeper Lehmann will earn his 20th cap on Saturday in Teheran in Germany's friendly with Iran as Kahn gets a rest.

Lehmann said that the game plan under new coach Juergen Klinsmann, who also ended Kahn's reign as team captain when he appointed Michael Ballack skipper, suited him more than Kahn.

But Lehmann admitted it would take more magnificent saves to become number 1 in place of the 74-times capped Kahn who has been first choice since 1998.

"As far as my form is concerned I have a great chance, but I don't have a lobby behind me because I play abroad," he said.

Lehmann named the myth of Kahn another obstacle.

Kahn, for his part, is no longer in the form of the past earning him three World Goalkeeper of the Year awards and the Most Valuable Player honour at the 2002 World Cup.

The Bayer Munich goalkeeper, at 35 one year older than Lehmann, also found himself at the centre of negative headlines again when he stuck his gloves into the face of Werder Bremen striker Miroslav Klose and was not even booked for it in a Bundesliga match Saturday.

"Kahn loses it. Does he get away with everything?" asked the front page headline of the Bild daily.

Kahn has in the past lost his cool on several occasions.

The football community recalls his attempt to bite Dortmund striker Heiko Herrlich, his kung-fu-like kick against another Dortmund player, Stephane Chapuisat, and grabbing then Leverkusen forward Thomas Brdaric in the neck.

Kahn said he felt a punch in his kidney when leaping for ball together with Klose, but TV replays indicated no contact.

Klose, who later scored in the match, dismissed Kahn's action as "his way to discuss things. I wasn't surprised at all".

Kicker sports magazine said that the Bundesliga referees will in future once again have to live with the reputation of treating Kahn too nicely - even more after the Saturday's official, Heribert Fandel, refused to comment.

The other Bremen forward Ivan Klasnic was quoted by Bild as saying: "I would have slapped Kahn in such a situation. That was typical for Kahn, quite sad for a national team player.

"He has a mental problem because of his troubled private life," said Klasnic.

Kahn made headlines off the pitch over the past months for separating from his wife and living together with another woman.

He also admitted in a recently published book to have been too dedicated to his profession, but only last week announced his plan to extend his career beyond the 2006 World Cup.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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