Illgner in 2012
|Full name||Bodo Illgner|
|Date of birth||7 April 1967|
|Place of birth||Koblenz, West Germany|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|1973–1983||1. FC Hardtberg|
|1983–1986||1. FC Köln|
|1986–1996||1. FC Köln||326||(0)|
|1985–1987||West Germany U21||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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 in both 1. FC Köln and Germany football team – being voted as Best European Goalkeeper in 1991.
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).
In 1999–2000, Illgner was succeeded by 18-year-old Iker Casillas, after which he retired from football altogether. 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".
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 semi-final, he saved a Stuart Pearce shot in the penalty shootout against England, and his team would overcome Argentina in the deciding match, where he would keep a clean sheet in the 1–0 success.
- La Liga: 1996–97
- Supercopa de España: 1997
- UEFA Champions League: 1997–98, 1999–2000
- Intercontinental Cup: 1998
- German Goalkeeper of the Year: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
- Best European Goalkeeper: 1991
- kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1994–95
- Arnhold, Matthias (23 September 2015). "Bodo Illgner – Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- "Se agranda la portería del Real Madrid" [Real Madrid goal gets larger]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 31 January 1998. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
- "1997/98: Seventh heaven for Madrid". UEFA. 20 May 1998. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
- "Bodo Illgner se retira del fútbol" [Bodo Illgner retires from football]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 8 August 2001. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
- "The best foreign eleven in Real Madrid's history". Marca. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- Burt, Mathew (17 February 2009). "Where are they now? Germany's 1990 World Cup winners". Goal. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
- Arnhold, Matthias (23 September 2015). "Bodo Illgner – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- "Bodo Illgner". Worldfootball. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- "Bodo ILLGNER" (in Spanish). El Aguanis. Archived from the original on 11 November 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
- "Bundesliga Historie 1993/94" [Bundesliga History 1993/94] (in German). kicker. Retrieved 11 December 2018.