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Thursday, May 20, 1999 Published at 15:01 GMT 16:01 UK


Bayern Munich Player Profiles



Oliver Kahn
Aged 29

His country's No. 2, who cost Bayern 2m from Karlsruhe in what is still a record fee for a German goalkeeper.

Markus Babbel
Aged 26

United's Euro Showdown
A player rumoured to be joining United on many occasions, Babbel has actually been at Bayern for eight years. A regular at the heart of the German defence, he is considered to be comfortable either as a centre back or playing the role of an attacking sweeper.

Thomas Helmer
Aged 34

Could well have signed for Liverpool earlier in the season, but negotiations broke down over length of contract. May be used to mark Yorke or Cole, although the player sees himself as a sweeper. A Bayern player for seven years, he has played for a variety of German sides, including Borussia Dortmund.

Thomas Strunz
Aged 31

In his second spell with Bayern, recruited by Beckenbauer in 1995. Played in the German side that won Euro 96 in England.

Michael Tarnat
Aged 29

Recently established in the German squad, this player has adapted to a number of roles in the Bayern side, notably at left wing-back or central midfield. Was signed from Karlsruhe as a replacement for Christian Ziege.

Mario Basler
Aged 30

Made an impression on the world stage for Germany during Euro 96, and subsequently joined Bayern from Werder Bremen. Scores a high amount of goals from the right side of midfield and can be dangerous from free-kicks.

Mehmet Scholl
Aged 28

Central midfielder also acquired from Karlsruhe. Despite Turkish origins, he too is a regular member of the German national side.

Steffan Effenberg
Aged 30

Outstanding midfielder who has not played for his country since the USA World Cup in 1994. This is his second spell with Bayern, having played for Borussia Monchengladbach in between. Certain to give United problems with his running from midfield.

Lothar Matthaus
Aged 37


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A veteran of five World Cups, this legend of German football seems certain to continue for as long as his aging legs will obey his brain. Lacking the pace which made him so dangerous during his prime, he is certain to play some kind of holding role if used.

Jens Jeremies
Aged 25

In his first season with the club, this midfielder has proved a vital addition to a side which is clearly aging.

Giovane Elber
Aged 26

His goals were instrumental in Bayern's start to the Champions League, but a serious injury will keep the brilliant Brazilian out of the final.

Hasan Salihamidzic
Aged 22

Bosnian striker who scored at Old Trafford when the two teams met before Christmas and has been in good form recently.

Alexander Zickler
Aged 25


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With injury problems troubling some members of the Bayern side, Zickler has played on the left side of Bayern's attack and to good effect. His contract expires at the end of the current season.

Carsten Jancker
Aged 24

A tall, fast striker with a remarkable scoring instinct, signed from Rapid Vienna and has scored some crucial goals for the side, particularly during this year's Champions League.

Bixente Lizarazu
Aged 29


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Joined Bayern Munich in 1997 from Athletic Bilbao only after Fifa had to rule on a protest by Bilbao. Can play either wing back or midfielder. Better coming forward to join attack than defending. A fast, attacking player who starred in France's World Cup winning team. But coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has now admitted he will miss the final




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