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10 years on: where are they now?

In the season 2004/05, FC Bayern had a good run in the Champions League, narrowly losing 6-5 on aggregate to Chelsea in the quarterfinals after Lúcio had deviated two long shots into his own net, one in either leg. Ten years have passed since then: where are they now?


Oliver Kahn – retired as a legend and one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the beautiful game. Now works as a TV pundit/analyst.
Michael Rensing – Bayern did not renew his contract which expired in 2010. Now keeps goal for Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Jan Schlösser – left Bayern when his contract expired in 2006. Has not been contracted to a club since 2009 despite still being 32 years old.


Lúcio – was sold to Internazionale in 2009 and returned to meet his teammates in the Champions League final where he triumphed with the Italian club. Now playing for Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras.
Robert Kovač – left Bayern for Juventus at the end of the season. Currently assistant coach for the Croatian national team, for which his brother Niko is head coach.
Willy Sagnol – injuries forced Willy into an early retirement in 2009. Now head coach for Bordeaux.
Bixente Lizarazu – had left Bayern in Summer 2004 but returned back in January 2005. He retired in 2006 and started practising Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu where he was successful in becoming the European champion in the Blue Belt Senior 1 Light Division.
Thomas Linke – left Bayern for Red Bull Salzburg at the end of the season. Returned back for one season with the Bayern reserves in 2007 before retiring.
Samuel Kuffour – left Bayern for Roma at the end of the season. His career was all downhill from then until he retired in 2009.
Andreas Görlitz – spent five more seasons at Bayern, injured most of the time. Last played for San Jose Earthquakes but was released this month and is currently without a club.
Tobias Rau – left Bayern at the end of the season. Injuries forced him to retire from professional football in 2009, aged 27, but in 2012 started playing again for amateur club TV Neuenkirchen.
Hasan Salihamidžić – left Bayern for Juventus in 2007. Retired in 2012 and is now working as a TV pundit.
Torsten Frings – this was his only season at Bayern. He retired in 2012 and said he would like to work as a coach.
Michael Ballack – infamously left Bayern for Chelsea in 2006. Retired in 2012.
Owen Hargreaves – sold to Man Utd for a club record fee of €25m in 2007. Last played for Manchester City in 2012, he is now a TV pundit.
Bastian Schweinsteiger – one of two players to survive at Bayern from that time, Schweinsteiger is now considered a club legend.
Sebastian Deisler – injuries forced the gifted footballer into an early retirement in 2007, aged 27.
Martín Demichelis – left Bayern in 2010 and is currently playing for Manchester City and the Argentinian national team.
Zé Roberto – left Bayern in 2006 but returned for two more years after a season at Santos. Has just been released by his club Grêmio but he’s expected to sign for Palmeiras soon.
Mehmet Scholl – retired in 2007 and spent some time coaching Bayern’s youths and reserves. He is now working as a TV pundit.
Jens Jeremies – forced to retire in 2006 due to lack of hygiene after knee surgery. He now has a job helping children and young people in social need.
Piotr Trochowski – left Bayern at the end of the season. Last played for Sevilla in 2014 and is currently a free agent.


Roy Makaay – left Bayern in 2007 for Feyenoord, where he retired in 2010. He is now working as a youth coach.
Claudio Pizarro – left Bayern for Chelsea in 2007 but returned in 2012.
Paolo Guerrero – left Bayern for Hamburg in 2006 and is currently playing for Corinthians. He scored Corinthians’ two goals in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup: in the semifinal against Al Ahly SC and in the subsequent final against Chelsea.
Vahid Hashemian – this was his only season at Bayern, where he failed to find the back of the net. Retired in 2012, he is now a football coach.
Roque Santa Cruz – left Bayern in 2007. He’s just been signed by Cruz Azul from Malaga.
Alexander Zickler – left Bayern at the end of the season after a 12-year career. Retired in 2011.


Felix Magath – was fired in 2007 and last coached Fulham where he was fired in September 2014 after a streak of 11 league matches without a win.

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  • FCBayernMunchen says:

    Interesting article! Funny how those who left and have not yet retired are no longer playing top level, except for Demichelis.

    • MUTU says:

      Hmm, well Guerrero would like to disagree I guess, seeing as he was crowned world champion just 2 years ago.

    • BayernLove says:

      Age does that to people

  • Firefox1234 says:

    Looking at stuff like this always reminds me how quickly the game can change

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