Krushny From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 776 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2138 times:
Germany lost the final match mostly because of a mistake of its best player, Herr Kahn.
Beware Germans! Your team is dangerously starting to behave as Spain, which has a long tradition of the best player blowing it in decisive matches:
Cardeñosa in '78, Arconada in Europe Cup '84, Zubi in '98, Raul in Europe Cup 2000, and in this WC Joaquin failed the decisive penalty against Korea...
Anyway congratulations Ollie, no doubt he is a great goalkeeper !!
Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4853 posts, RR: 20 Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2135 times:
Kahn made a mistake, yes. But the brazilian goal was not only his fault. Hamann lost the ball shortly before, and Kahn was injured after Ronaldo stepped on his hand 5 minutes before the goal (he can't play fpr 6 weeks). Kahn has already shown that he has the nerves to decide a final FOR his team. (CL '01)
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 36 Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2130 times:
Such is the tragic of the goalkeeper - he can be brilliant throughout a whole match (or tournament in this case) - one single mistake destroys everything. I was thinking about Harald Schumacher all the time before the final (i.e. BEFORE Rethy Béla mentioned it) - we even discussed this while sitting in front of the TV during the match itself - if Kahn will be beaten, it will be by a massive blunder of his. Could we know how cruelly we would be proven right... :-(
P.S.: If he was hurt and he knew it, why didn´t he had himself substituted? That´s part of greatness too, knowing when one can´t be of service to the team any more.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54 Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2083 times:
I'm with Blink182, he absolutely deserved it. Germany are not a great side, and even with a relatively easy route to the final, they would not have made it without him. Of course, this makes it even more ironic that the first mistake he made all tournament gifted Brazil their first goal. I actually feel a bit sorry for him about that.
By the way, isn't he the first goalkeeper ever to win this award?
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.