Oliver Kahn Played Against Nine-Year-Olds In A Charity Shootout And Saved Every Penalty
Oliver Kahn did not achieve his legendary status without establishing himself as a powerhouse for Bayern Munich -- even earning himself the nickname of 'Der Titan.'
The aptly named Titan might have called it time on his professional football career, but that didn't mean he was going to ease up against any type of opposition in a one-off match, including nine-year-olds in a charity penalty shootout.
Tor!, a book that focuses on the history of German football, claims that Kahn took part in a penalty shootout against a bunch of nine-year-olds for charity.
According to the story, every time that the youngsters scored against the Bayern Munich legend, money would be donated to charity.
the nine-year-olds, the 49-year-old
German shot-stopper had no intention of allowing himself to be beaten and ended
up saving every single shot fired his way in the shootout.
Even when it comes to charity, the man lived up to his reputation as Der Titan.
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If there's anyone still sceptical about the former Germany international's winning mentality in the sport, then the man himself spoke about how important his body language was in directing fear into the heart of his opponents.
"I often use my body language to show my team 'complete presence' -- and to instil respect, or even better fear, in my opponents," he explained.
"Goalkeepers need an element of insanity. Who else would stand there and allow people to shoot balls at their face or stomach, and still think it's great?"
Despite Kahn's perfectionist attitude, the German is considered one of the best 'keepers in history and he admitted that he couldn't be more happy with what he accomplished in his career.
"I couldn't have asked for any more over the years," he told the Bundesliga website.
"I just feel grateful my body held out for so long, and I was able to celebrate so many great successes at a club like Bayern. There were so many emotional highlights but also some emotional lows.
"It's not always the really big titles that are linked with emotional highlights. Sometimes it's the smaller moments."
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