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Oliver Kahn to judge Chinese TV talent show

A year after his retirement from goalkeeping at Bayern Munich, one of Germany’s best-loved footballers Oliver Kahn will begin a television career in China, according to daily newspaper Bild this week.

Oliver Kahn to judge Chinese TV talent show
Photo: DPA

Kahn will be part of the jury on a show that searches for Chinese football talent in early 2009, the paper reported.

“Oliver is very excited about the project, but is taking it very seriously. It’s not yet decided if the show will only showcase goalkeepers, or also field players and perhaps even a girl,” Kahn’s manager Peter Ruppert told the paper, adding that negotiations continued with various television stations for broadcasting rights.

Kahn will speak English as one of the show’s judges.

The show, based in Shanghai, will not be a parody, though. “We will work very seriously with football on this show,” Kahn told the paper. “We will do everything to find the best players.”

The 39-year-old former FC Bayern star gained widespread fame in Asia during the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea when he reached the final with the German national team.

MUNICH

Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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