Thursday, December 21, 2006

Bayern Munich's Kahn will retire if his team win Champions League

German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn admitted on Tuesday that he might retire from football if Bayern Munich won the Champions League.

"It is really likely for me to retire the game if we clinched the Champions League trophy this season," German media quoted Kahn as expressing.

In fact, the 37-year-old international, who was the second-choice keeper of the German team that won the bronze medal in the World Cup earlier this year, said he wants to quit on top before people call on him to retire.

What's more, coach Felix Magath told the club's website that he wants to give Kahn's long-term successor as competitive matches as possible.

"We all know that Rensing is Kahn's designated successor for us, so I believe he needs match practice when there's something at stake. I have complete faith in him," he stated.

And now it's fair to say that during his 12-year career with the Bavarians, Kahn won seven league titles and one Champions League trophy.

In the most important moment of his career, he led Germany to the final game of the World Cup 2002 before losing to Brazil. Though, he was named FIFA's best footballer of that Cup.

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