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Best Bayern Munich Goalkeepers of All Time

Wed 04 August 2021 | 7:30

Bayern Munich is one of the teams that everybody knows! today, we are going to find the Best Bayern Munich Goalkeepers of all time

The history of Bayern’s legendary players and their stories is so epic and amazing that writing about them is a hard thing to do. But here in Sportmob, we know no hardness when it comes to our follower’s satisfaction. We already wrote an article on Best Bayern Munich Players of All Time but this time, let’s get more specific and get to know the

Best Bayern Munich Goalkeepers of all time

!  Sportmob tried its best to gather all the info about these Goalkeepers. So, get ready to read the best from the best!

Best Bayern Munich Goalkeepers of all time; here we come!

Before we start the real story, let’s see what we are going to read in this article. As you may already know there are more than fifty goalkeepers in Bayern Munich history. Choosing the best goalkeepers on the list was a bit complicated but we chose seven legendary goalkeepers who carved their name in football history. Here is the list of

Best Bayern Munich Goalkeepers of all time

 which we are going to read about.

  • Hans-Jorg Butt

  • Raimond Aumann

  • Hans Jakob

  • Jean-Marie Pfaff

  • Oliver Kahn

  • Manuel Neuer

  • Sepp Maier

#7 Hans-Jorg Butt

Before we start to read about Hans let's have a quick review on him with Sportmob’s bullet point review.

  • Complete name:

    Hans-Jörg Butt

  • Date of birth:

    28/05/1974

  • Place of birth:

    Oldenburg

  • Birth Country:

    Germany

  • Height:

    1'91 m

  • Weight:

    91 kg

  • Position:

    Goalkeeper

Now that we know the basic info, let’s start to know him right away! Hans-Jorge Butt was born on 28 May 1974 in Oldenburg. He was raised in a wealthy family because his father was the founder of a manufacturing company in Groenewegen.

Hans’s passion for football started to grow when he was a child. This passion made his talents grow and he started playing for local clubs.

Hans started his professional career with

VfB Oldenburg

. His performance was so good that he got a promotion to the second division very fast! Hans then moved to Hamburger SV in 1997 and scored seven goals for them which all were scored from the penalty spot!

He was transferred to

Bayer Leverkusen

on a free transfer basis in 2001 and debuted in all 17 games of the club in the 2001-02 UEFA Champions League. There is one fun fact about Hans-Jorge's butt! On 17 April 2014, after the team scored a goal in a penalty against FC Schalke 04, everybody started to celebrate. While he was jogging, he missed the whistle for the restart! This gave an opportunity to Mike Hanke to score a goal by shooting from the halfway line! 

It was July 2007 when Hans signed a two-year contract with Portuguese club S.L Benfica. His first debut was in Torneio de Guadiana which they were playing against

Real Betis

. He saved a penalty in this game and helped his team win the final. 

Everything changed for Hans on 4 June 2008! He signed a two-year contract with

Bayern Munich

and became Michael Rensing’s support. His first debut for the club was in Champions League against Sporting Lisbon. In the 2009-10 season, he was the club's first choice due to Rensing’s poor performance as a goalkeeper. Thanks to Hans’s outstanding performance, his contract got a one-year extension.

He finally retired at the end of the 2010-11 season when he was 38 years old. But this wasn’t his end of the story with Bayern Munich. He was chosen as the head of the Bayern Munich Junior Team on 1 July 2012 but quitted the job after several months by stating “I misjudged this field of activity, for which I've had responsibility for a few weeks now. I approached my new appointment with great enthusiasm, but I have realized that the task does not offer the satisfaction and passion I wanted. This is the reason for my decision. I would like to thank FC Bayern for their understanding.”

#6 Raimond Aumann

Raimond Aumann is one of those legends which was forgotten through time. But Sportmob won’t forget the legends; no matter what! Let’s check the bullet point review and continue our journey on the

Greatest Bayern Munich Goalkeepers of all time

with Raimond Aumann.

  • Complete Name:

    Raimond Aumann

  • Date of Birth:

    12/10/1963

  • Place of Birth:

    West Germany, Augsburg

  • Birth Country:

    Germany

  • Height:

    1.82m

  • Weight:

    N/A

  • Position:

    Goalkeeper

Now that we know the basic info about Raimond Aumann, let’s start to get to know him even better. Raimond was born on the 12th day of October 1963 in Augsburg, West Germany. He was interested in football as a child. His talent and love for football led him to be one of the best Bayern Munich goalkeepers of all time.

He has a long history in Bundesliga! Why? Because he was Bayern’s goalkeeper in the league between 1982 and 1994. As for 1982 and 1983, he was only the reserve goalkeeper and insurance for Jean-Marie Pfaff. It was in 1984 when everything changed for Raimond and his luck star fell right into his hand. He became Bayern’s number one goalkeeper until 1985 when he got an injury. During this one-year time, his spectacular performance showed everybody how talented he is.

The injury we mentioned before, made him sit on the second goalkeeper’s sit until 1988 when Jean-Marie Pfaff left Bayern Munich. This change made Raimond Aumann the permanent first choice of Bayern.

Raimond won six German championships and two German cups with Bayern Munich until his transfer to

Beşiktaş

in 1994. He played one year for Beşiktaş and retired himself from football in 1995. Raimond’s nickname was Balu (name of a fantasy character in Jungle Book).

For the records, we should say that he played internationally too and was a member of Germany’s squad in the 1990 World. Right now, he is the supporter and fan club coordinator of Bayern Munich which shows how much he loves the team.

#5 Hans Jakob

The phrase “old but gold” makes sense when you start reading the life story of Hans Jakob. There is not much info about this player but as always, Sportmob tried its best to gather all the info available. Let’s start with some quick info then start Hans’s story.

  • Date of birth:

    16/6/1908

  • Place of birth:

    Munich

  • Birth country:

    Germany

  • Position:

    Goalkeeper

  • Height:

    N/A

  • Weight:

    N/A

  • Date of death:

    24 March 1994 (aged 85)

  • Place of death:

    Regensburg, Germany

Now that we know Hans Jakob’s basic info, it’s time to begin his life story. Hans was born on the 16th day of June 1908 in Munich. in 1910, when he was only two years old, his parents decided to move to Regensburg. A decision that changed so many things in their lives.

He started professional football in 1926. during the time he was playing as a professional footballer, between 1926 and 1942 he kept the goal safe more than 1,000 times. This time includes his presence in both SSV Jahn Regensburg and Bayern Munich.

It was in 1930 when he started as an international footballer. The game was against Norway and resulted in a draw. Although he was in Germany’s national team, he was the coach’s second choice. However, in 1934 Reich coach Otto Nerz replaced him with Willibald Kress who was the team’s first choice. Now that we know everything we need about Hans Jakob, let’s continue our journey on finding the

most memorable goalkeepers in Bayern Munich history

by Jean-Marie Pfaff.

#4 Jean-Marie Pfaff

Till this point of Best Bayern Munich Goalkeepers of all time, we learned about 3 legendary goalkeepers. It’s time to get to know the fourth one. As a routine, let’s start Jean-Marie Pfaff’s story with some basic info.

  • Complete Name:

    Jean-Marie Pfaff

  • Date of Birth:

    4/12/1953

  • Place of Birth:

    Lebbeke

  • Birth Country:

    Belgium

  • Height:

    1.80m

  • Weight:

    N/A

  • Position:

    Goalkeeper

Now that we know everything we needed to start the story, let’s start with some biography. Jean-Marie was born on the fourth day of December 1953 in Lebbeke. He was a football lover even as a kid and he had talents for it! He joined K.SK Beveren when he was 16 years old. This team was the sky he needed to show his astonishing skills as a professional footballer. He even received the Belgian Golden Shoe in 1978.

It was in 1982 when Bayern Munich started negotiations and invited him to the squad. He made sure to make it difficult for everyone to reach the goal while he was the team’s goaler. He secured three Bundesliga titles from 1985 to 1987 and received two German cups while he was playing for Bayern.

Jean-Marie Pfaff married Carmen Seth who was an actress on 27 June 1974. The fruits of this love tree are three daughters named Kelly, Debby, and Lyndsey. Pele named him one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. There is even a reality show named De Pfaffs in Belgium that shows their life from 2002 to 2012.

#3 Oliver Kahn

I guess everyone knows him! He is one of the most famous footballers in our Best Bayern Munich Goalkeepers of all time article. Of course! We are talking about the one and only Oliver Kahn. Let’s start with some basic info as always…

  • Complete Name:

    Oliver Rolf Kahn

  • Date of Birth:

    15/6/1969

  • Place of Birth:

    Karlsruhe

  • Birth Country:

    West Germany

  • Height:

    1.88m

  • Weight:

    N/A

  • Position:

    Goalkeeper

Oliver Kahn opened his eyes to this world on the 15th day of June 1969. He was in love with football as a kid and his talents helped him to achieve so many things with the football. He is one of the most successful players in Bayern Munich history! Why? Because he has eight Bundesliga titles, 1996 UEFA Cup, UEFA Champions League, DFB-Pokals, and International Cup on his name! 

And those are the titles and awards he got with his club. Oliver himself has secured four Best European Goalkeepers awards, two German Footballers of the year, and three IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeepers.

Oliver Kahn was six years old when he joined

Karlsruher SC

. This team was also where his father Rolf played from 1962 to 1965. Of course, he wasn’t a goalkeeper from the start! But his talents on the field made everybody believe that he will best perform in the goal. 

It was in the 1987-88 season when he debuted his first professional game at the age of 18. Oliver’s performance in Bundesliga and UEFA Cup made him famous and successful but this wasn’t enough for him. 

All this might and legendry stories made Bayern think about him. Finally in 1994 Bayern signed a contract with Oliver Kahn for the fee of €2.385 million. for the first six months of the contract, he was off the field bearing the pain of an injury. Everything was on its routine until the 2002-03 season!

All the injuries, depression, and personal problems led Oliver to poor performance in the 2002-03 season. Thankfully everything went back to normal until the 2006 match against Arminia Bielefeld. It was in this game hen Michael Rensing tried to help Oliver to prepare for the game with practice shots. Unfortunately, one shot hit Oliver in the eye and kept him from playing the game.

2008 came and all fans were shocked overhearing Oliver’s retiring news! He retired himself after 20 years of playing football. The announcement was issued in the Testimonial match against Germany XI. Oliver’s last match was a friendly one against Mohun Bagan and people were so in love with him that over 120,000 people turned up for the match.

There is a quote from him about being a goalkeeper as follows: “The goalkeeper plays in a psychological position, and he's dealing with mental things. I wanted to describe the things I've done wrong and, most of all, what I've done right, so that other people, including those in other professions, could learn from my experiences”.  Right now,

Oliver Kahn

is one of the Board Member in FC Bayern.

#2 Manuel Neuer

Right now, in our

Best Bayern Munich Goalkeepers of all time

, we are going to get to know one of the most talented goalkeepers in Bayern Munich history. Just like previous players, we will start Manuel Neuer's story right after reading some quick info about him.

  • Complete Name:

    Manuel Peter Neuer

  • Date of Birth:

    27/3/1986

  • Place of Birth:

    Gelsenkirchen

  • Birth Country:

    West Germany

  • Height:

    1.93m

  • Weight:

    N/A

  • Position:

    Goalkeeper

Now that we know the basic info we need, let’s continue our journey on finding Best Bayern Munich Goalkeepers ever!

Manuel Neuer was born on the 27th day of March 1986 in Gelsenkirchen. He was so talented that everybody around him was shocked! Like so many legendary players Manuel attended Gesamtschule Berger Feld. He played his first football game when he was only five years old!

One thing for sure kept Manuel determined and that was his magnificent idol, Jens Lehmann. All this talent and determination helped him to sign his first professional contract with Schalke 04 in 2005. Of course, because of his young age, everyone tried to ignore him but no one can shut down a star.

In the 2006-07 season, he got his chance to show all he had due to Frank Rost's injury. No one ever regrated this replacement! He singlehandedly managed the goal and help the team to finish the game with a 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich. his outstanding performance in this game gave him the chance to play 27 games in the 2006-07 season.

He became the team’s captain in the 2010-11 season. His performance as a captain was remarkably good but on 20 April 2011, he announced that he will leave the team after contract expiration. He got so much hate from Schalke 04 fans for leaving the team and joining Bayern Munich.

On the first day of June, Manuel moved to Bayern Munich and signed a long-term contract with the club which would’ve kept him in the team until 2016. This contract brought in more hate because Bayern Munich fans were upset with the fact that their club hired one of their rival’s goalkeepers. Thankfully all this hate story ended after Bayern’s discussion with their fan leaders.

Manuel Neuer’s performance in Bayern was so good that he became Bayern’s captain in 2017. But this wasn’t the end of his legendary story! In January 2021,

Manuel Neuer

secured his 197th clean sheet in Bundesliga and broke Oliver Kahn’s record of 196 clean sheets. By the time of writing this article, he is still playing for Bayern as a goalkeeper and a captain.

#1 Sepp Maier

How fast we arrived at the end of our most memorable goalkeepers in the Bayern Munich history article. But that’s the case with all articles so let’s continue and finish our journey with legendary Sepp Maier.

  • Complete Name:

    Josef Dieter Maier

  • Date of Birth:

    28/2/1944

  • Place of Birth:

    Metten

  • Birth Country:

    Germany

  • Height:

    1.85m

  • Weight:

    N/A

  • Position:

    Goalkeeper

Josef Dieter "Sepp" Maier was born on the 28th day of February 1944. He is one of the most praised goalkeepers in the world and Bayern’s Munich history. His outstanding reflexes, flexibility, agility, consistency, and speed made his fan give him a nickname; Katze von Anzing! Which means ‘the cat from Anzing”. 

In the field,

Sepp Maier

was unbroken! A person who defends goals with everything he had. However, out of the field, he was that kind man with a big smile.

Sepp Maier’s professional life is all part of Bayern Munich's history because his first and last professional contract was with this club. He started playing for this team when he was only 14 years old! During his time, other legendary players like Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller were playing for Bayern Munich.

Sepp Maier was even elected as German Footballer of the Year in 1975,1977 and 1978. He played in 442 Bundesliga matches which is still a German national record. There is a famous quote which we will end our Greatest Bayern Munich Goalkeepers of all time article with it. “A goalkeeper must radiate pace. But he must watch out that he thereby doesn't fall asleep.” - Sepp Maier

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