Illgner in 2012
|Date of birth
7 April 1967 |
|Place of birth
||Koblenz, West Germany
||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
||1. FC Hardtberg
||1. FC Köln
||1. FC Köln
||West Germany U21
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Bodo Illgner (born 7 April 1967) is a German retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He currently works as a football pundit for Sky Deutschland and English language broadcasts of beIN Sport.
During his career, he played for 1. FC Köln and Real Madrid, and helped West Germany to the 1990 World Cup, where he became the first goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup final. He excelled at one-on-one situations and handled crosses extremely well.
Born in Koblenz, Illgner was a product of 1. FC Köln's youth system, and made his debut in the Bundesliga on 22 February 1986 at not yet 19, in a 1–3 away loss against FC Bayern Munich. From 1987–88 onwards, he became the side's undisputed starter (as successor of Harald Schumacher), being voted as Best European Goalkeeper in 1991.
On 30 August 1996, already having started the season with Köln, Illgner was signed by Real Madrid, and played 40 league matches in his first season, helping the capital side to La Liga conquest. In the following, he lost his place to Santiago Cañizares, but regained it in time to play in the 1998 UEFA Champions League Final against Juventus FC (1–0 win).
In 1999–2000, Illgner was succeeded by 18-year old Iker Casillas, after which he retired from football altogether.
In April 2013, he was named by Marca as a member of the "Best foreign eleven in Real Madrid's history".
On 23 September 1987, Illgner made his debut for the West Germany national football team in a 1–0 friendly home win against Denmark, and went on to back Eike Immel during UEFA Euro 1988.
At the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Illgner, by now national side first-choice, was in exceptional form, and superbly commanded the backline, which then consisted of the experienced Klaus Augenthaler, Andreas Brehme, Thomas Berthold, Guido Buchwald and Jürgen Kohler (with Matthias Sammer taking Augenthaler's place at Euro 1992).
In the semifinal, Illgner saved a Stuart Pearce shot in the penalty shootout against England, and West Germany would overcome Argentina in the deciding game, where he would keep a clean sheet (1–0).
Overall, Illgner appeared 54 times for his country, and also played at the 1994 World Cup, surprisingly retiring after the quarterfinal loss against Bulgaria, although he was only 27.
- Real Madrid