A lot of people, think it is a bit strange for me to support the German National Football team, rather than any other team which is much more popular over here in Malta; namely England and Italy. I do not know how many times I had to answer why I am a supporter of the German team….
Today, I will write it on my blog, and for a reason.
Today, it is his birthday.
Back in 2002, while I was watching one of the World Cups that I actually vividly remember, I have spotted this really amazing goalkeeper. He conceded only one goal in the course of the cup until the final, in which the German team lost against Brazil with the score of 2-0. I was impressed by his skills and precision, and this is when football made sense to me. This is when I chose my team. I am writing about the one and only… Oliver Kahn.
Today, he is 45 years old.
Among the honours and awards along the years:
- He was voted the Best player and Goalkeeper during the 2002 World Cup which is in my opinion very well deserved.
- He has also been given the title for the World Goalkeeper of the Year in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
- Others worth mentioning are four consecutive years (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) as UEFA Club Football Awards: Best Goal-keeper
- Gaining third place in 2001 and 2002 in the Ballon d’Or.