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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Sun May 23 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. FA Cup Final Result!
2. Manchester United win F.A. Cup for third Double
3. Manchester United outclass Newcastle for third Double
6. Ferguson ready to conquer Europe
7. United's final barrier


*           MANCHESTER UNITED ARE            *
*          TRIPLE DOUBLE CHAMPIONS           *
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*       1999 PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS        *
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*         1999 F.A. CUP CHAMPIONS            *
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Daily RED Trivia  SUNDAY 23nd May 1999

 Jimmy Turnbull born in East Plain, Stirlingshire. Turnbull
 joined United from Leyton and made his debut at Chelsea in
 September 1907. He won a League Championship medal in 1908 and
 an FA Cup Winners medal in 1909. Between 1907-10 he made 76
 appearances and scored 42 goals. He transferred to Bradford in
 September 1910.

 Gary and Phil Neville play for England against China, and
 become the 9th pair of brothers to play together for England.


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Final Games:
22 FAC Final Wembley Newcastle  (N) Live on Sky Sports UK
26 European Cup Final Bayern Munich  Nou Camp 

UNITED Stats v All teams:


Pos Team                  P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    38 14  4  1  45  18   8  9  2  35  19   43   79
 2  Arsenal              38 14  5  0  34   5   8  7  4  25  12   42   78
 3  Chelsea              38 12  6  1  29  13   8  9  2  28  17   27   75
 4  Leeds United         38 12  5  2  32   9   6  8  5  30  25   28   67
 5  West Ham United      38 11  3  5  32  26   5  6  8  14  27   -7   57
 6  Aston Villa          38 10  3  6  33  28   5  7  7  18  18    5   55
 7  Liverpool            38 10  5  4  44  24   5  4 10  24  25   19   54
 8  Derby County         38  8  7  4  22  19   5  6  8  18  26   -5   52
 9  Middlesbrough        38  7  9  3  25  18   5  6  8  23  36   -6   51
10  Leicester City       38  7  6  6  25  25   5  7  7  15  21   -6   49
11  Tottenham Hotspur    38  7  7  5  28  26   4  7  8  19  24   -3   47
12  Sheffield Wednesday  38  7  5  7  20  15   6  2 11  21  27   -1   46
13  Newcastle United     38  7  6  6  26  25   4  7  8  22  29   -6   46
14  Everton              38  6  8  5  22  12   5  2 12  20  35   -5   43
15  Coventry City        38  8  6  5  26  21   3  3 13  13  30  -12   42
16  Wimbledon            38  7  7  5  22  21   3  5 11  18  42  -23   42
17  Southampton          38  9  4  6  29  26   2  4 13   8  38  -27   41
18  Charlton Athletic    38  4  7  8  20  20   4  5 10  21  36  -15   36
19  Blackburn Rovers     38  6  5  8  21  24   1  9  9  17  28  -14   35
20  Nottingham Forest    38  3  7  9  18  31   4  2 13  17  38  -34   30


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal                  Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181
03/10/98    Southampton              Away     W  3-0     2    15,251
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475
29/11/98    Leeds United             Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159
19/12/98    Middlesbrough            Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Nottingham Forest        Home     W  3-0     3    55,216
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741
10/01/99    West Ham United          Home     W  4-1     3    55,180
16/01/99    Leicester City           Away     W  6-2     2    22,091
31/01/99    Charlton Athletic        Away     W  1-0     1    20,043
03/02/99    Derby County             Home     W  1-0     1    55,174
06/02/99    Nottingham Forest        Away     W  8-1     1    30,025
17/02/99    Arsenal                  Home     D  1-1     1    55,171
20/02/99    Coventry City            Away     W  1-0     1    22,596
27/02/99    Southampton              Home     W  2-1     1    55,316
13/03/99    Newcastle United         Away     W  2-1     1    36,500
21/03/99    Everton                  Home     W  3-1     1    55,182
03/04/99    Wimbledon                Away     D  1-1     1    26,121
17/04/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home     W  3-0     1    55,270
25/04/99    Leeds United             Away     D  1-1     2    40,255
01/05/99    Aston Villa              Home     W  2-1     1    55,189
05/05/99    Liverpool                Away     D  2-2     2    44,702
09/05/99    Middlesbrough            Away     W  1-0     1    34,665
12/05/99    Blackburn                Away     D  0-0     1    30,436
16/05/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Home     W  2-1     1    55,189


HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 27/02/99 - Southampton (55,316)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE:  15/08/98 - Leicester City (55,052)
BEST WIN:                06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST DEFEAT:         20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)
BEST HOME WIN:           17/10/98 - Wimbledon (5-1)
HEAVIEST HOME DEFEAT:    19/12/98 - Middlesbrough (2-3)
BEST AWAY WIN:           06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT:    20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)*****
Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


 Manchester Utd  2 v 0  Inter Milan
 Real Madrid     1 v 1  Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus        2 v 1  Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich   2 v 0  Kaiserslautern

**DYNAMO KIEV      2 v 0  REAL MADRID         (Agg:3-1)
OLYMPIAKOS         1 v 1  **JUVENTUS          (Agg:2-3)

Semi Finals 
Manchester United v Juventus  4-3agg 3-2 [1-1]
Bayern Munchen v Dynamo Kiev  4-3agg 1-0 [3-3]

Venue Camp Nou (Estadi FC Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain 
Date Wednesday 26 May 1999 Kick-Off 20.45 CET (19.45 GMT) 




Subject: FA Cup Final Result! Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 0 - result LONDON, May 22 - Manchester United beat Newcastle United 2-0 in the English Football Association (F.A.) Cup final at Wembley on Saturday. Scorers: Teddy Sheringham 11, Paul Scholes 53 Halftime: 1-0; Attendance: 79,101 Teams: Manchester United: 1-Peter Schmeichel; 12-Philip Neville, 4-David May, 5-Ronny Johnsen, 2-Gary Neville; 7-David Beckham, 18-Paul Scholes (6-Jaap Stam 77), 16-Roy Keane (10-Teddy Sheringham 9), 11-Ryan Giggs; 9-Andy Cole (19-Dwight Yorke 61), 20-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Newcastle United: 13-Steve Harper; 38-Andy Griffin, 16-Laurent Charvet, 34-Nikos Dabizas, 4-Didier Domi; 24-Nolberto Solano (10-Silvio Maric 68), 11-Gary Speed, 12-Dietmar Hamann (20-Duncan Ferguson 46), 7-Robert Lee; 14-Temuri Ketsbaia (17-Stephen Glass 79), 9-Alan Shearer Referee: Peter Jones

Subject: Manchester United win F.A. Cup for third Double By Mike Collett LONDON, May 22 - Manchester United outclassed Newcastle United 2-0 to win the F.A. Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and complete their third English Cup and League double in six seasons. Manchester United, who clinched the title last Sunday, were superior to Newcastle for most of the match and won with an 11th minute goal from substitute Teddy Sheringham and a well-taken 53rd minute strike from Paul Scholes. The victory keeps the newly-crowned champions on course for what would be a unique treble of League, Cup and European Cup by an English club if they beat Germany's Bayern Munich in next Wednesday's European Cup Final in Barcelona. It also meant that Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson became the most successful manager in the F.A. Cup's 127-year history with his fourth victory after United wins in 1990, 1994 and 1996. Apart from two spells at the beginning of each half, Newcastle never got into the match and they were overrun on Saturday just as easily as they were a year ago when they lost by the same score to Arsenal in last year's final. Manchester United took control of the match soon after Sheringham replaced injured skipper Roy Keane after nine minutes after Keane limped off with an ankle injury following an early collision with Newcastle's Gary Speed. Sheringham, intercepting a pass bound for Ryan Giggs, played a one-two with Paul Scholes, and ran on to the return pass to sweep the ball through the legs of Newcastle keeper Steve Harper to score. He had been on the field for just 80 seconds. Manchester United went 2-0 up when Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas cleared straight into the teeth of a United attack, allowing Sheringham to find Scholes with a back pass and he made no mistake with a powerful 10 metre shot. It was Manchester United's 10th F.A. Cup win in total -- stretching their own record -- and their fourth in the last 10 years. Newcastle last won the Cup in 1955 and have now lost three finals since then in 1974, 1998 and this year.

Subject: Manchester United outclass Newcastle for third Double By Mike Collett LONDON, May 22 - Manchester United stayed on course for a glittering treble when they beat Newcastle United 2-0 in the F.A. Cup final at Wembley on Saturday to clinch their third English Cup and League double in six seasons. Manchester United, who took the title last Sunday, were superior to Newcastle for most of the match and won with an 11th minute goal from substitute Teddy Sheringham and a well-taken 53rd minute strike from Paul Scholes. Scholes' goal was a fantastic consolation for the England striker who is suspended from next week's European Cup Final against Bayern Munich in Barcelona and who went into the match fighting a chest complaint. The victory keeps the newly-crowned champions on course for what would be a unique treble of League, Cup and European Cup by an English club if they beat Bayern Munich. It also meant that Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson became the most successful manager in the F.A. Cup's 127-year history with his fourth victory after earlier United wins in 1990, 1994 and 1996. Manchester United, now unbeaten in 36 matches, are the first club to complete the Double three times. Apart from two spells at the beginning of each half, Newcastle were overrun on Saturday just as easily as they were a year ago when they lost the final by the same score to Arsenal. Manchester United took control of the match when Sheringham scored just 80 seconds after he had replaced injured skipper Roy Keane who had collided with Newcastle's Gary Speed and limped off after nine minutes with an ankle injury. Sheringham, intercepting a pass bound for Ryan Giggs, played a one-two with Scholes who split the Newcastle defence with a return pass. Sheringham then glided into space past three Newcastle players before sweeping the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Steve Harper to score. "It's amazing how this game changes around, one minute you're down and the next you're up and on the pitch and you've got to do it," said the substitute, who could have had a second when he chipped against the bar in the closing stages. Manchester United went 2-0 up early in the second half after a spell when Newcastle looked like coming back. In a position of no real imminent danger, Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas cleared straight into the teeth of the United front line and allowed Sheringham to find Scholes with a back pass. He made no mistake with his powerful 10 metre shot. "I don't think it was the best of goals, I didn't hit it too well. But thankfully it went in," he said modestly. It was Manchester United's 10th F.A. Cup win in total -- stretching their own record -- and their fourth in 10 years. They also won the Double in 1994 and 1996. Newcastle have not won a major domestic honour since the F.A. Cup in 1955 and have now lost three cup finals since then in 1974, 1998 and this year. Yet Newcastle started as if determined to erase the memory of last season's abject defeat and it was during this period of initial aggression that Keane was hurt. Already nursing an ankle injury, and hoping to put a miserable few days behind him when he spent a night in a prison cell after a fracas in a wine bar, Keane soon found his season over as he is suspended from the European Cup Final. His replacement had an instant impact. Not only did Sheringham score and then make the second goal, his intelligent touches and passes drew valuable contributions from Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Scholes as United at times strung passes together at will. Defender Gary Neville said he and Beckham were among those who had felt off-colour before the match. "But I don't think that you could have kept us out of this game," he added. Newcastle were never able to harnass the talents of Alan Shearer in attack. His partnership with Temuri Ketsbaia produced little of note and apart from a first half shot from Dietmar Hamman and a second half-strike from Ketsbaia which hit the post, Newcastle never threatened. Andy Cole was replaced by Dwight Yorke after an hour, and Giggs, Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all had chances to add to United's total. But in the end two goals was more than enough to secure Manchester United's 11th major honour of the decade -- with a 12th a real possibility next Wednesday.

Subject: SHERINGHAM WAS THE KEY SAYS FERGIE Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson paid tribute to Teddy Sheringham after the striker scored one goal and made the other in the 2-0 win over Newcastle. "Teddy was magnificent, the key to the victory," said Ferguson. "I wasn't sure whether to put on Jesper Blomqvist when Roy Keane came off but I felt with Teddy we would have three players up front who could score goals, and then of course there is Paul Scholes. "We got a break with the first goal but I'm so proud of what we've achieved. It's great for the club and for the players. They've been brilliant." Sheringham admitted that he was disappointed to miss out on the starting XI, but added: "That's the way it is in this game - one minute you're down, the next you're up. But obviously I'm delighted. We needed the second goal to take the pressure off and once we got that we were home and dry." Ryan Giggs added: "We were helped by an early goal and from that point on all we had to do was keep possession as much as we could. Losing Keane was a great loss at the beginning but to be fair the lads that came on did a fantastic job. From this point we'll have a bit of a rest and then look forward to Wednesday. Paul Scholes, who scored the second goal, said: "It was my third Cup Final but my first start and I was just happy to get a goal and win. It's always close when you are only 1-0 ahead and we needed a second goal. Obviously I'm suspended for the European Cup Final but I'll be behind the lads all the way and I don't see any reason why we can't win it." Those sentiments were echoed by David Beckham, who insisted: "We can win the Treble and now we have to concentrate on Wednesday. This victory is as sweet as all the others and although we didn't play as well as we could we're pleased to get the result."

Subject: NOW FOR EUROPE, ROARS FERGUSON Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson paid tribute to his Double winners after their 2-0 FA Cup Final victory over Newcastle United at Wembley. He said: "That's fantastic - three Doubles in five years. The boys were marvellous. "This has been a tremendous season and once again the players produced it when it mattered." A flu bug in the United camp threatened to disrupt Ferguson's plans and there was a further blow when skipper Roy Keane went off with an ankle injury after eight minutes. Ferguson said: "We tried to reorganise the team after Keane went off but Teddy Sheringham was marvellous, great movement and a terrific finish. "We had big a decision to make about whether to risk some players but you have to trust them to tell you if they are okay. Now we can start thinking about Europe." Dwight Yorke said: "It has been a tremendous season - the lads were fantastic again. We've got two trophies now so we can go all out for the third." Scorer Sheringham said: "It's amazing how this game changes around. One minute you are down, the next you are up. "We had problems with viruses but we got on with it and made the most of what we've got." Andy Cole claimed: "It's a great feeling. We've worked hard this season, first the championship and now this."

Subject: Ferguson ready to conquer Europe Glenn Gibbons meets Alex Ferguson on the eve the biggest week of his career Saturday May 22, 1999 Nobody will ever mistake Manchester United for anything other than the product of Alex Ferguson's irresistible will. The team who, on Wednesday, attempt to return the championship of Europe to Old Trafford after an absence of 31 years are so identifiably Ferguson's that the mark he has put on them might have been made with a branding iron. Of all the elements assembled in a football team, it is this collective resolve which is most likely to unhinge Bayern Munich, undermining the Germans' own, characteristic self-certainty and leaving them vulnerable. It is also the quality which deepens the respect and the faith the manager reserves for his players, the thing which underpins the conviction he feels every time they go to work. It was no accident when Ferguson, addressing the euphoric 50,000 as they acclaimed a fifth league championship in seven years last Sunday, emphasised the vigour which is at the core of their success. They are a fantastic bunch of players and they played with the style of Manchester United,' he told the crowd. But, more importantly,' he added, they played with the spirit of Manchester United.' Every conversation with Ferguson is a rewarding reminder of the doggedness which was born and grew so strong in the environs of the shipyards in the south-west of Glasgow, but it is when assignments such as the one at the Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona loom that he is most animated and most obviously driven. Wherever the talk may wander, he returns regularly to the moral fibre of his team, stressing its importance when the great occasions are upon them, when the glittering prizes are on the line. Ferguson has had this determination since he first kicked a ball, but his most telling gift is the ability to transfer it to others. He has often looked at the calibre of player in Manchester United teams before his arrival in 1986 and wondered how they managed to go 26 years without winning a championship. The answer seems obvious, that his managerial predecessors since Matt Busby's retirement were unable to imbue the talents with the bravura that is the hallmark of Ferguson's teams. At Aberdeen, his greatest achievement was not the collection of ten trophies - three league titles, four Scottish Cups, one Scottish league Cup, the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup - but the confounding of a century of history and tradition by creating groups of players who could intimidate the Old Firm. This was an astounding achievement, but it was the one he recognised as paramount the day he walked into Pittodrie in 1978. He knew that, by disturbing the old order, the rewards would flow as a natural consequence. Then, as now, there were players already at the club who had the no-surrender mentality; others required the transplant. When you have that extra thing that comes from within,' said Ferguson, just before beginning final preparations for yesterday's FA Cup final, you'll find it when you need it and these boys will find it down there in Barcelona. It's what we look for in players, it's what elevates them above the ordinary. We've been fortunate in having a lot of young players here with this quality, but it's bringing in the Schmeichels, the Keanes, the Stams, the Yorkes and the Coles that makes the difference, that completes the picture. That's why it's so difficult for me to improve this squad through the transfer market. 'When you look at what we have, we could only improve it by getting players with the same character and there aren't that many around. We would have to bring in people who would be the very best in the world.' Even the loss of his captain, Roy Keane, because of suspension - incontestably the most influential figure in the team - is not enough to dilute Ferguson's belief that United will overcome Bayern. But he does concede that those who carry the English banner will have to switch to a different style of play without the imposing Irish midfielder. I'm not going to minimise Roy Keane's importance to us,' he said. But we have the same situation now as we had when people said we couldn't play without Bryan Robson. We did manage to overcome that and we simply have to do the same now without Keane. We have others here who do well for us. But without the control that Keane brings to our game, we will have to ensure that the play is pacey. It will be a quick game, because we'll see to that. I think it's one advantage we have over Bayern, that we have more pace. That's what we'll have to do, make sure we exploit any little advantage we have. They may have difficulty handling our pace, but they'll try to find a way of survival, because it's what they're good at.' This is Ferguson's third European final, having won the previous two, both in the Cup Winners Cup, with Aberdeen in 1983 and United in 1991. The opposition on those occasions could not be said to have been second-grade, as Real Madrid were overcome by the Scottish club in Gothenburg and Barcelona were the victims in Rotterdam. But Wednesday's occasion is different because of the constricted preparation time allowed to Ferguson and his players, thanks to their success on so many fronts this season. As he did previously, the manager will billet his team well outside the city, on the Costa Brava, and work primarily on their mental fortitude. When Aberdeen played Real,' he said, we managed to bring forward a league game against Kilmarnock to the previous Thursday, which gave us a full six days of preparation. Before the Rotterdam game, we were able to postpone our match with Spurs until the Saturday after the European final, which allowed us ten days of rest and preparation. This time, of course, the Wembley match is only four days before, so all we'll be doing in Spain is repairing the limbs. We'll do more talking than ever, so the preparation will be mental, rather than practical work. We'll have a little session on the Monday and then another at the Nou Camp on Tuesday, the night before the game. We have to make sure the players are calmed down about this match. Despite how well they've already done, big games are big games and they have to get the proper sense of it.' Ferguson's admiration for Bayern and their coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, is deep and genuine and he readily admits that he marked them early as probably the most formidable opponents in the entire tournament. Nothing that has happened since their first meeting, in the league stages of the competition, has altered his impression. There is no doubt Bayern are as good as anyone we could have played in the final, and we have played some fancy opponents already. They are a big, powerful team, and our most important players could be Schmeichel, Stam and our front players. But what will be a help is the pitch at the Nou Camp. It is huge, at least four yards, maybe six, wider than Old Trafford, and that will suit us perfectly. It will give the wide players, like Beckham and Giggs, the space they need and it is something we may be able to exploit. Bayern have their share of good players, of course. Their forward, Alexander Zickler, is a handful, while Lothar Matthaus and Stefan Effenberg are players of influence. But we're not going to make demons of them. We should have beaten them in Munich, when we lost a daft equaliser to them in injury time.' Ferguson's respect for Hitzfeld undoubtedly derives from his recognition of the German as a mirror image of himself, a manager who has good control' of a club which has proved to be too severe a test for previous head coaches. They've had a few in recent years who found it difficult to control the club,' said Ferguson. There has always been a collision of egos over there that has made it difficult for the coaches. The problem is that many of their big stars seem to do paid columns in newspapers and they can be quite outspoken about each other. That has caused friction and led to difficulties with internal squabbling. Hitzfeld has imposed control like nobody else and you can see where that has taken them. They're not only in the European Cup final, but they're the best team in Germany by a distance. They won the league so long ago that their run-up to the match with us has been like playing a series of friendlies to keep them ticking over. Ours has been somewhat different.' With two draws already against Bayern, Ferguson will devote some time to practising penalty kicks, given the sound possibility of a decisive shoot-out. His takers will be Denis Irwin, Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Jesper Blomqvist and Dwight Yorke or Teddy Sheringham. If there is one aspect of the match that makes him slightly apprehensive, it is the taking of penalty kicks. I hope it doesn't go to that, because I've a terrible record. I lost three with Aberdeen - two against Celtic, one against Dynamo Berlin - and two with United, against Southampton and Moscow Torpedo. But we won't have that in our minds. They're a good team, but we have a great chance over there. When we get ourselves right, we always have a great chance.'

Subject: United's final barrier Roy Fairbairn on Olivier Kahn, Bayern's outstanding goalkeeper Saturday May 22, 1999 In the final analysis one man could stand between Manchester United and the The Triple Crown. That man is Bayern Munich's player of the year, their inspirational goalkeeper and Germany's No 1, Oliver Kahn. Since the Beckenbauer era more than 20 years ago, no player has done more than Kahn through consistently brilliant performances to establish the Munich club among Europe's elite. In an outstanding season he has conceded only 20 Bundesliga goals. It pleased Kahn greatly to be mentioned in the same sentence as Beckenbauer. But what he finds even more satisfying is the positive image and reputation he has earned outside Germany, especially in England. 'It's because of my mentality,' he said. 'I'm a fighter. In many ways I'm like Peter Schmeichel. I'm loud. I'm aggressive. I'm ambitious and I'm impatient. I work hard at trying to be a success, and it's always satisfying to know people recognise that and respect you for it. 'Of course, I'm very happy to have a good reputation in England. Ever since I first played football I've wanted to play for one of the big clubs in England. Most kids in Germany think that. It's a dream which I hope will come true. My contract with Bayern runs out next year. If everything works out okay I'll perhaps get the chance then to play in the Premiership. That would be great.' In stark contrast to his image abroad and despite his success with Bayern, Kahn - who turned professional only after completing a business studies course after leaving school with top grades - is regarded as hot-headed, irresponsible and unreliable by the German media, who have dubbed him Wilde Olli. It has been that way since Bertie Vogts rejected him and preferred Andy Kopke as national team goalkeeper. For Vogts, Kahn was always over-motivated, always trying too hard to prove himself, and impatient. 'In these circumstances he would have been too much of a risk. One moment of madness by one player can put a whole team and the result at risk,' argued Vogts. Only after Kopke had retired from international football after last summer's World Cup, and Vogts later quit, was Kahn accepted as Germany's first choice goalkeeper, realising a dream that started when he first played in goal as a six-year-old for a junior team at his first club, Karlsruhe. More recently, Kahn has caused further controversy over his wild behaviour in the Bundesliga. He made headlines for biting an opponent in one game, then getting himself ordered off in another for unsporting behaviour. The biting incident came during last month's highly charged fixture against Borussia Dortmund. Kahn sank his teeth into the cheek of Dortmund's striker Heiko Herrlich in one of many explosive clashes. After the game the Dortmund player nevertheless assured journalists: 'Kahn's bark is still worse than his bite.' Ottmar Hitzfeld, Bayern's coach, found the incident a lot less amusing. 'The incident was unworthy of a world class goalkeeper,' he said. The red card incident earlier this month resulted from Kahn conceding a penalty then booting the ball into the grandstand in anger. It cost him a one-match suspension. It also signalled a new challenge for his position as Germany's No 1 by Jens Lehmann, Dortmund's goalkeeper. 'Kahn's aggressive behaviour shows he is still too irresponsible,' Lehmann argued. Lehmann was preferred for last month's friendly against Scotland by Vogts' successor, Erik Ribbech, and has since publicly called on Ribbech to name him as Kahn's permanent replacement. Kahn, who will be 30 in three weeks' time, blames his actions on the permanent exposure to which his media critics subject him. 'In any case it's all greatly exaggerated simply because it's me who's involved. Everything about Bayern Munich gets double exposure, that's why we are known as FC Hollywood,' he says. 'The criticism has nothing to do with my form and ability as a goalkeeper. So I can live with it. I'm a competitive sort of person and these incidents happen in professional football. For me the only thing that counts is success.' He concedes however that sometimes, watching television replays of the incidents, he finds it difficult to recognise himself. 'Kahn the footballer and Kahn the private person are two totally different individuals,' he says. He is not always 'Wilde Olli' as the German press call him.

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