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'King' Kahn puts personal development ahead of football

DPA/The Local · 3 Apr 2010, 15:02

Published: 03 Apr 2010 15:02 GMT+02:00

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In an interview with daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, Kahn said he would not even chase a position in the management of Germany’s national team for the time being.

Kahn, one of the most successful players of the modern era in Germany, said he was in a “development phase” at the moment which he expected to continue until 2012.

“I can’t at the moment imagine a future for myself as trainer or sports director,” he said. “For a start I have enough to do with business. Secondly I find it’s better to approach things slowly.

“I find myself at the moment in a development phase, as it were, to prepare myself for the future. You see it with (sacked Stuttgart coach) Markus Babbel, that in this business you get a new job quickly – but in the event you lose the new job even faster.”

Kahn has recently completed a management course at a private Austrian university.

He stressed that complete readiness was needed for the top jobs in professional football.

“Education is the foundation. An ex-sportsman has to understand, that in his career he can’t trade on his old merits.”

There has been talk of Kahn’s succeeding Oliver Bierhoff as the national team mangager – a largely administrative role distinct from the coaching role of coach and trainer Joachim Löw.

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During his long career as a player, Kahn helped his teams win eight German championships, six German cups, the UEFA Cup in 1996, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup (both in 2001).

Personally he won four consecutive UEFA Best European Goalkeeper awards, two German Footballer of the Year trophies and the Golden Ball for his performance at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

13:57 April 4, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
Disciplined man.
16:06 April 4, 2010 by hanskarl
It is always encouraging to see a world class athlete continue doing the hard work, the foundational work, following a successful career in sport to make it to the next level to the top.
17:14 April 5, 2010 by eric goldstein
Great article. I'm in a similar point in my

life. I was given the opportunity to work on

a great project... but I feel I am in the development

stage of what I'm working on now and I want to

remain focused.

This is a BIG thing that a lot of people miss. I

admire Kahn for sticking to his guns and staying


Thanks for sharing this great article!
14:19 April 6, 2010 by Essertpitay
The guys is a nutter (in a way, you have to be a bit nuts when you are keeper) and He got away with a lot in his career...To say He needs to develop furthermore, well it is like the neanderthal man wanting to master fire...
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