Sunday, September 4, 2005

King Kahn? Or Lehmann? Who will be in net for Germany?

Coach Juergen Klinsmann has resolved to keep Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann as far apart as humanly possible--but, amazingly, even this has not stopped the war of words among the two prima donna goaltenders.

Klinsmann has stated that he will rotate the two keepers in upcoming friendly internationals this season. He will then decide next May who will be in the net for host Germany.

Lehmann will be in net against Slovakia and South Africa, and the Arsenal star used the platform to get in a few digs: "I'm sure I'll be in goal (at the World Cup)," the 35-year-old told Germany's Bild newspaper. "It could always happen that I play the first three games, then get a red card, but I'm sure I'll be playing."

Former Germany captain and Bayern Munich star Kahn, meanwhile, was none too happy with Lehmann: "It is astonishing how disrespectful it is to bring this up again," Kahn told the same newspaper. "The rules don't seem to have any meaning for him."

The drama contimues to unfold, and will not reach its denouement until May.

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