Bodo Illgner

Bodo Illgner

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Bodo Illgner

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Bodo Illgner (born April 7, 1967) is a retired German footballer, who played as a goalkeeper.

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.

Club career

Born in Koblenz, Illgner was a product of 1. FC Köln's youth system, and made his debut in the first division on February 22, 1986, in a 3–1 away loss to FC Bayern Munich. From 1987–88 onwards, he became the side's undisputed starter, being voted as Best European Goalkeeper in 1991.

On August 30, 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 the league 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 would be succeeded by 18-year old Iker Casillas, after which he retired from football altogether.

International career

On September 23, 1987, Illgner made his debut for the West Germany national football team in a 1–0...
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