Poor old Oliver Kahn....

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  1. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

    AlBDamned

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    Oliver Kahn has not been picked as No.1 keeper for the German national team. How funny is this story:

    BBC Sport Story

    Sounds very sporting to me... ;)

    I'm glad Jens has got it as he's been playing superbly for Arsenal, but I hope he doesn't save any English penalties over the course of the tournament....
     
  2. lem0n macrumors regular

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    nooooooooooooooooo... I love Oliver Kahn... He's the only reason I support the German team at all :mad: even though my friends said he looks like a caveman [which is kind of true] they can't do that *uncontrollable sobs*:eek:
     
  3. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    When I first saw Kahn I thought of Captain Caveman. Shame that he wasn't chosen.
     
  4. pknz macrumors 68020

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    I have a feeling he isn't poor.

    He is getting on now, even for a keeper.
     
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    I'll be interested to see how the fans will take this decision... not well I imagine since I hardly know people that even remotely like Lehman.
     
  6. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030

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    They're both 36 though. I'd say Jens is in the form of his life at the moment. 8 clean sheets in the champions league is no small feat - though credit to the defense as well there.

    Kahn is no saint though and he's had plenty of world cup opportunities. It would have been a tough call, however.
     
  7. pknz macrumors 68020

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    Lehman is 36 as well? I know he has a bald spot coming on but I thought he was younger.

    Hmm in that case I would rather see Kahn between the sticks.
     
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    The goalkeeper decision was the most discussed thing about the national team in the last months here in Germany. In the beginning, Kahn had most of the fans on his side, but Lehmann got more fans in the last weeks because of his good games and the bad ones of Kahn.

    It was wildly speculated that the keeper who wouldnt be nominated as the #1 would probably not go to the World Cup as the #2. Let's see how Kahn decides...
     
  9. DerChef macrumors 6502

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    Lehman suffered for a long time with having a rather poor Arsenal back line in front of him that everybody assumed must be good as it had Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole in it:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    Now they have both have been banished to the land of "wind and ghosts" Lehman and the organisation of his defence looks alot better.

    Lehman is an extremley athletic keeper for a tall guy. However his ability with crosses looks suspect at times and his distribution is not great and counter attacking was always Arsenals big strength:)
     
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    Yeah, distribution is his biggest weakness, I think. And as Jürgen Klinsmann wants an offensive play, this doesn't really fit, but I hope he knows what he's doing. ;)
     
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    I very much doubt Germany have much of a chance anyway maybe one world cup too early for this young side:rolleyes:
     
  12. Nickygoat macrumors 6502a

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    Tell that to Juve & Real Madrid :p
    Klinsmann has to go on form, and at the moment that means Lehmann. Unless he drops a real clanger in the Champions League Final ;)
    I don't think Kahn will retire until after the World Cup - there is still a chance for him, and why wouldn't he keep his options open for a World Cup on home soil? He might be arrogant but he's not stupid.
     
  13. sebisworld macrumors 6502

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    I don't really support this decision. Kahn and Lehmann are both excellent, it doesn't matter who the goalie is in the end. Kahn, however, got Germany into the final of the 2002 World Cup all by himself. I think we should thank him by letting him be the goalkeeper. Additionally, he had been thinking about leaving Bayern München and joining a different team, such as Real Madrid. But he didn't - because he wanted to support Germany in 2006. Now it's like he has wasted his last 4 years.
    And you also gotta admit that most of the polls that have been taken recently, suggesting that the Germans want Lehmann in the goal, are kinda biased since Kahn has had a lot of problems with his public image - goalies shouldn't be judged by character, though.
     
  14. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yey. We all love you Mad Jens. :D
     
  16. mouchoir macrumors 6502a

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    Erm. I would think being German would be the only reason to support the German team.

    Otherwise, support your own! No cheating! ;)
     

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