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Oliver Kahn's memories of Werder Bremen

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Oliver Kahn's memories of Werder Bremen

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:54 am


At the age of 38 and with two decades as a pro already under his belt, Oliver Kahn is nearing the end of a long and successful sporting career. The three-time World Goalkeeper of the Year has made more than 500 Bundesliga appearances, half of them on opponents' home turf. Before each of his last 17 Bundesliga away trips, <b></b> presents Kahn's memories of previous visits to the ground in question, as the giant keeper recalls unusual incidents and oddball situations, but also moments of sporting drama and emotion. The first visit is to Bremen.

<b>Kahn's memories of Bremen:</b>

"There's long been a real edge to games between Bayern and Werder Bremen, which definitely stems from the legendary championship decider in 1985-6 and Michael Kutzop's penalty miss. My first match against Bremen came two years later when I was still with Karlsruher SC – in fact, it was only my second Bundesliga appearance. I first played in Bremen in 1990-91, when KSC lost 2-0. Klaus Allofs scored one of the goals, and Thomas Schaaf was in the squad.

My personal record in Bremen isn't particularly good. With KSC I managed one goalless draw, but I lost twice. It's been a little better with Bayern. At the end of the 90s, we managed four consecutive visits unbeaten. But it's been different in recent seasons: we've only won one of our last seven matches at the Weser stadium. I not only hope, I'm absolutely convinced we'll come off the field as winners in my last match in Bremen.

Of all the times I've played there, two stand out in my memory. One was the April 2006 fixture, as then Germany coach Jürgen Klinsmann told me a day before the match that I wouldn't be my country's number one at the World Cup. That was an extremely unusual build-up to say the least, but I was given enormous support at the Weser stadium, both by the fans and also by the Bremen players. It didn't help much because we lost 3-0, although we did go on to win the league.

The other game I particularly remember was in the first round of the Cup in 2002 against the Werder reserves. We were 3-0 up with just a few minutes to play, and suddenly a streaker came running over to me and threw his arms around me. Obviously it was a weird situation, but as he was obviously coming to see me, what could I do but wish him a pleasant good day.“

<b>Next road trip: Hamburg</b>
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