Bodo Illgner

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Bodo Illgner
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Illgner in 2012
Personal information
Full name Bodo Illgner
Date of birth (1967-04-07) 7 April 1967 (age 48)
Place of birth Koblenz, West Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1973–1983 1. FC Hardtberg
1983–1986 1. FC Köln
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1996 1. FC Köln 326 (0)
1996–2001 Real Madrid 91 (0)
Total 417 (0)
National team
1985–1987 West Germany U21 7 (0)
1987–1994 West Germany 54 (0)

* 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.

During his career he played for 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.

Club career[edit]

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 the 1987–88 season onwards, he became the club's undisputed starter – as successor of Harald Schumacher – being voted as Best European Goalkeeper in 1991.[1]

On 30 August 1996, already having started the campaign with Köln, Illgner was signed by Real Madrid, and played 40 La Liga matches in his first year to help the capital side to the national championship conquest. In the following he lost his place to Santiago Cañizares, but regained it in time to play in the final of the UEFA Champions League against Juventus FC (1–0 win).[2]

In 1999–2000, Illgner was succeeded by 18-year-old Iker Casillas, after which he retired from football altogether.[3] He later went on to work as a pundit for Sky Deutschland and English language broadcasts of beIN Sport and, in April 2013, he was named by Marca as a member of the "Best foreign eleven in Real Madrid's history".[4]

International career[edit]

On 23 September 1987, Illgner made his debut for the West Germany national 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 he, by now the country's first-choice, was in exceptional form, and commanded the backline, which 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 in the 1–0 success.

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.[5]



Real Madrid




  1. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (23 September 2015). "Bodo Illgner – Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "1997/98: Seventh heaven for Madrid". 20 May 1998. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bodo Illgner se retira del fútbol" [Bodo Illgner retires from football] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 8 August 2001. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "The best foreign eleven in Real Madrid's history". Marca. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (23 September 2015). "Bodo Illgner – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 

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