Founder & Board of Directors of the Oliver Kahn Foundation

Oliver Kahn – With passion into a good future! Oliver Kahn has been Member of the Board of FC Bayern Munich.

Successes and defeats.

World Cup winner, Champions League winner, UEFA Cup winner, multiple winner of German championship, DFB Cup and League Cup, in addition to numerous individual awards: World Goalkeeper, Europe’s Goalkeeper of the Year, Best Bundesliga Goalkeeper, Germany’s Goalkeeper of the Year – the list of Kahn’s successes seems never-ending.

Oliver Kahn speaking topics

  • The philosophy of the No. 1 – With passion into a bright future.
  • From goalkeeper to entrepreneur – How we become and stay successful.
  • Winning and losing – willpower.
  • Anyone can be successful – What we learn from defeats.

Kahn’s career also includes defeats and his special character. The last-minute defeat in the Champions League final against Manchester United in 1999 is legendary. The transformation from an overly ambitious “Titan” and “King Kahn” to a “normal” human being characterized the final years of his career.

From machine to human being.

What had begun with his mistake in the 2002 World Cup final came to an end in the lost battle against Jens Lehmann for the number one spot in the national team at the 2006 World Cup: Kahn accepted the harsh decision of the then national coach and Bayern coach Jürgen Klinsmann and sat on the bench as a substitute. To this end, he reached out to his rival before the penalty shootout against Argentina, showing his human side.

FROM GOALKEEPER TO SUBSTITUTE – how we stay successful.

Based on his many years of experience as captain of FC Bayern Munich and the German national team, the three-time world goalkeeper describes in an exciting, impressive and humorous way which skills from his active time still help him today as an entrepreneur to remain successful.

Using numerous examples, Oliver Kahn shows how he has adapted the principles of success from his active days to a highly dynamic corporate environment. Those who believe that they can achieve top performance in times of extreme change with the conventional mantras about success will be surprised at how he has succeeded in breaking through old thought patterns. Finding clarity about one’s mission, dealing productively with successes and setbacks, and making people and employees strong in the process are the essential contents of his lectures.

Numerous entrepreneurs use Oliver Kahn’s lectures to increase motivation, enthusiasm, initiative, commitment, customer relations or sales activities significantly and in the long term.

Since September 2008, Oliver Kahn has been working for ZDF as a soccer expert at international matches and other selected soccer highlights. As part of the “Ich schaff’s Tour mit Oliver Kahn” (I can do it with Oliver Kahn) – an initiative of easy living and the German Child Protection Association – the former professional soccer player is involved in motivating young people at Bavarian schools. Oliver Kahn is the initiator and jury member of the TV casting show “I never give up – the Kahn principle” in China, a competition show in which the up-and-coming goalkeeper talent in China is sought. Golf is Oliver Kahn’s great passion. As an ambassador for the Ryder Cup – the world’s most prestigious golf tournament – he is campaigning for Germany’s bid to host the event in 2018.