Bad luck and good fortune are often not far apart in football – as was the case with Oliver Kahn’s worst defeat of his career.
The 1999 Champions League final in Barcelona is strongly rooted in the soul of many Bayern fans.
FCB boss Oliver Kahn talks about his unforgettable evening at Camp Nou and why this experience was possibly decisive for the German championship in 2001.
On that evening, FC Bayern needed about three minutes without conceding a goal to win the Champions League. With a 1-0 lead, the Munich team went into injury time after 90 minutes – the end is well known.
Luck and bad luck for Bayern in Champions League final
Manchester United turned the game around with late goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and snatched the longed-for trophy from Kahn and Co. Yet much could have gone differently that evening.
“It’s a game. Luck and bad luck are sometimes part of it. Of course, the highest level of skill is a prerequisite, but luck is also important. And that’s how it was on that evening. Kasper Schmeichel should have saved Marios’ free kick, then Mehmet Scholl hit the post and Carsten Jancker the crossbar. It could have gone very differently,” Kahn explained.