Where Are They Now? Players From Bayern Munich-Manchester United 1999 Champions League Final

Fifteen years after the unbelievable UEFA Champions League final between the European giants Bayern Munich and Manchester United, the two teams clash again this week in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

There’s no question that the 1999 Champions League final had one of the most dramatic final few minutes in the showpiece’s history.

Mario Basler’s free-kick gave Bayern Munich an early 1-0 lead, and the Germans dominated thereafter. But two goals in the dying moments of the match from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Manchester United a splendid and historic win at Camp Nou in Spain.

Alex Ferguson gained a knighthood for his accomplishments, as the Red Devils bagged only their second elite European trophy after 31 years since beating Benfica in 1968, while the Bavarians were forced to ponder what might have been.

But what happened to those famous faces from the 1999 Champions League final? We take a look at the men in question.

Bayern Munich

Oliver Kahn (GK)

The three-time World Goalkeeper of the Year remained the first choice at Bayern until 2008 when he retired from professional soccer. Kahn started working with TV channels and other media sources as a pundit. He turned down a job with Schalke five years ago, and has been reluctant to return to soccer.

Lothar Matthaus (SW)

Infamously substituted in the 86th minute when Bayern were still leading against Manchester United, the following season he left the club and retired in 2001. The former defender spent short spells at Hungary, Red Bull Salzburg and Bulgaria as a coach but struggled to find his feet in coaching. He currently serves as an advisor in Germany.

Markus Babbel (RB)

Following a period at Liverpool, the full-back ended his professional career at Stuttgart. Shortly after his retirement, he was appointed as a head coach at the German club. Poor results saw him sacked, and after a short time with Hertha Berlin, he also coached Hoffenheim briefly. He is linked with the Eintracht Frankfurt job but is currently out of work.

Samuel Osei Kuffour (CB)

Kuffour ended his career with Ghanaian side Asante Kokoto in 2009 after leaving Bayern for Roma in 2005. Since his retirement, he has appeared as a pundit in Germany and his homeland Ghana.

Thomas Linke (CB)

Linke played at Red Bull Salzburg since 2005, after leaving die Roten, before moving to the Bayern amateurs for one final term. He held the job at Salzburg and Leipzig as a sporting director, and now currently works with the German second division side Ingolstadt.

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  1. Marc April 9, 2014

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