German legend Oliver Kahn visits Beijing to promote Bundesliga
German football legend Oliver Kahn was in Beijing this weekend to promote Bundesliga in the world's most populous nation.
The former Bayern Munich and Germany national team goalkeeper interacted with football fans in China, hoping to inspire the next generation to take up the top sport in the world. Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, the German enjoyed a decorated football career, winning eight Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Champions League crown in 2001.
While being asked about the highest point in his illustrious career, the German goal-keeping great said: "I think one of the biggest moments in my career was the UEFA Champions League final in 2001, when I played with Bayern in Milan against Valencia and the club, Bayern, waited 26 years for this big title."
"Everyone in the team was so motivated to win the title. We had to go into the penalty shootout and I had to save three penalties in that game as we won the final. This was one of the big moments in my career."
The 50-year-old also led Germany to runners-up at the 2002 World Cup where he was awarded the Golden Ball, beating Brazil's Ronaldo.
While promoting the German Bundesliga, the 50-year-old said: "If you look for example in the German Bundesliga, the average attendance, I think, it is beyond 40,000 in the stadiums."
"Then you have lot of superstars, like Lewandowski of Bayern or Coutinho coming from Barcelona to Bayern. So there are a lot of young and talented players in the German Bundesliga and this is why this league is so attractive."
"If you look at the atmosphere in the stadium, you will find a long football tradition," he added.