Where Are They Now? Man Utd and Bayern’s class of ‘99

Fifteen years after the unbelievable Champions League final between the European giants the two teams clash again this week – Goal checks up on the stars of 1999

By Miles Chambers

There is no question that the 1999 Champions League final had the most dramatic final few minutes in the showpiece’s history.

Bayern Munich had led 1-0 early on through Mario Basler’s free-kick and dominated thereafter, but two goals in the dying moments of the match from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Manchester United an incredible and historic win.

Alex Ferguson gained a knighthood as the Red Devils bagged only their second elite European trophy 31 years after beating Benfica in 1968, while the Bavarians were forced to ponder what might have been.

But where are those famous faces of 15 years ago? We look at the men in question as Pep Guardiola’s rampant treble winners prepare to travel to Manchester United for the first-leg of their quarter-final on Tuesday.

Oliver Kahn (GK)
The three-time World Goalkeeper of the Year was first choice at Bayern until 2008. Kahn has worked as a pundit for the TV channel, ZDF, as well as balancing other media commitments. He has shown reluctance to return to football and turned down a job with Schalke five years ago.

Lothar Matthaus (SW)
Infamously substituted in the 86th minute when Bayern were still leading, he left the club the following season and retired in 2011. The former defender struggled to find his footing in coaching, spending short spells at the likes of Hungary, Red Bull Salzburg and Bulgaria. He is now a pundit in German football.

Markus Babbel (RB)
The full-back ended his professional career at Stuttgart following a period at Liverpool. He was appointed as head coach at the German club shortly after his retirement. Poor results saw him sacked and, after a short time with Hertha Berlin, he also coached Hoffenheim briefly. He is out of work but has been linked with the Eintracht Frankfurt job.

Samuel Osei Kuffour (CB)
Left Bayern in 2005 for Roma before ending his career with Ghanaian side Asante Kokoto in 2009. He has appeared as a pundit in Germany and his own homeland since his retirement.

Thomas Linke (CB)
Linke played at Red Bull Salzburg after leaving die Roten in 2005, before moving to the Bayern amateurs for one final term. Held the job of sporting director at Salzburg, Leipzig and now currently second division German side Ingolstadt.

Michael Tarnat (LB)
The left-back played at Bayern until 2003, when he left Germany for an ill-fated year at Manchester City. He ended his professional career with a five-year spell at Hannover in 2009. He is now the sporting director of the Bavarians’ youth department.

Jens Jeremies (CM)
Spent another seven seasons at Bayern before calling time on his playing days following five knee surgeries. Jeremies went on to found an organisation that helps young adults and children who are struggling socially.
Stefan Effenberg (CM)
Left Bayern in 2002 before retiring in 2004 and the former midfield chief currently works as a pundit in German print and broadcast media. Effenberg and his wife – formerly the spouse of 1999 final substitute Thomas Strunz – were the subject of a reality TV show. His autobiography got scathing reviews for being deliberately provocative, while in 2012 he completed his coaching badges.
Mario Basler (RF)
Gifted his side the lead at Camp Nou in 1999 with an early goal and went on to become a coach after his playing career ended in 2004. He is yet to find huge success during spells in charge of four lower league German clubs. He has been heavily linked with the Offenbacher Kickers job in recent weeks although the third-tier side have denied those reports.
Carsten Jancker (CF)
After playing briefly in China, following spells at Udinese and Kaiserslautern, he was under contract at Austrian side Mattersburg until 2009. He was put in charge of the Under-15 team at Austrian side Rapid Wien having cut his teeth in a similar position at SC Neusiedl. He was promoted to assistant coach to the first team in mid-2013.
Alexander Zickler (LF)
Replaced after 71 minutes of play in the 1999 final, Zickler stuck around with the Bavarians until 2005 when he left for Austria. He retired professionally in 2010-11, although still plays occasionally for ASV Taxham to this day. He has been assistant coach for the Under-16s at Red Bull Salzburg since 2012.

End-game equaliser | Teddy Sheringham came off the bench to draw the game level in the final minute

Bernd Dreher (SUB)
Worked as Bayern’s goalkeeping coach between 2003 and 2008 following retirement. From 2009 he was on the books with Schalke in the same role before they terminated his contract in 2012, and he is currently out of a job.

Thomas Helmer (SUB)
Joined Sunderland in the summer of 1999 before being dispatched to Hertha Berlin, he retired shortly afterwards in 2000. He works as a television pundit in Germany as well as an ambassador for a children’s charity. He has also commentated on football video games.

Thorsten Fink (SUB)
He ended his professional playing days with Bayern’s reserves in 2006 and embarked on a coaching career. He started under Giovanni Trapattoni’s wing at Red Bull Salzburg before taking up the head coach role at Basel. He joined Hamburg in 2011 but just under two years later he was fired by the Bundesliga club earlier this season.
Thomas Strunz (SUB)
Played until 2001 with the club before becoming an agent. His ex-wife married former Bayern team-mate Effenburg, which dragged him back into the public domain. Worked in 2005 as sporting director at Wolfsburg, albeit unsuccessfully. He moved into the same role at Rott Weiss Essen, with a five-year Bundesliga objective in 2008, but was sacked in 2009. He now balances punditry – radio and television – and life as a player consultant.

Hasan Salihamidzic (SUB)
The midfielder, who came on in the 1999 final in the final excruciating moments of the match, left Bayern for Juventus in 2007 and spent four years in Turin before departing for a final season with Wolfsburg in 2011. He is now a pundit for German television.

Mehmet Scholl (SUB)
Only played 20 minutes of the 1999 final, but retired as one of German football’s most successful players – silverware-wise – in 2007. Coached in various positions within the Bayern reserve team set-up, but parted ways with the club in 2013 to focus on his punditry commitments.

Ali Daei (SUB)
Since retiring in 2007 as international football’s all-time leader goalscorer in competitive matches, the Iranian has turned his hand to coaching. An ill-fated stint in charge of the national team was followed by an appointment at Persepolis, where he left in 2011 before returning last year. He was a member of Fifa’s football committee from 2007 until 2013.

Peter Schmeichel (GK)
The Dane enjoyed the perfect send-off to his United career as he wore the captain’s armband at Camp Nou in his final appearance for the club. Moved to Sporting Lisbon where he continued to lift silverware before returning to England for spells at Aston Villa and Manchester City. He retired in 2003 and returned to Man Utd in recent years as a club ambassador.

Gary Neville (RB)
Continued to excel for club and country until injuries finally caught up with him, resulting in his retirement in 2011. He moved into punditry and now balances that role with being an assistant coach under Roy Hodgson with the England squad.

Jaap Stam (CB)
His United career ended in 2001 with Ferguson deciding the centre-back had lost a yard of pace – a decision he has since admitted was one of his biggest mistakes. Stam continued to star for Lazio and AC Milan before retiring in 2007 at Ajax. He then coached behind the scenes at FC Zwolle and Ajax and is set to target full training qualification from May this year in a bid to step up to head coach.

Ronny Johnsen (CB)
Although his spell at United was affected by a chronic knee injury, he formed a formidable centre-back pairing with Stam throughout the treble campaign. Forced out of the club in 2002 after too many spells on the sidelines and finally called time on his playing days while featuring for Valerenga in 2008. He now works as a television pundit.

Denis Irwin (LB)
Victory at Camp Nou was the crowning glory of the unassuming Irishman’s career. He drew the curtain on his 12-year stay at Old Trafford in 2002. After a swansong with Wolves, he can now be found on MUTV as well as doing ambassadorial work for the club. Named in Ferguson’s autobiography last year as the only dead-cert in the managerial great’s Man Utd XI.

Ryan Giggs (RM)
Suspensions for Roy Keane and Paul Scholes caused the left winger to swap flanks for the final. He is by far and away the record appearance holder for the club and remains part of the first team at Manchester United. Defying age and common sense, the Welshman has moved into a more central role now that his pace has declined but his impact remains strong. He was pivotal in the Red Devils overcoming Olympiakos to reach the quarter-finals this season.

David Beckham (CM)
His United career ended in 2003 and he went on to shine at Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and on loan at Milan. He became the most capped outfield player in England history before ending his playing career at Paris Saint-Germain last season. He has since joined forces with a wealthy consortium to buy a new MLS franchise in Miami.

Nicky Butt (CM)
Put in one of his finest showings after being handed a rare chance to start in the centre of midfield due to the suspensions of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane back in 1999. Butt left the club for Newcastle United, where he spent six years on the books, before spending a short time at South China. Hit the headlines in March for buying non-league club Salford FC with fellow Utd legends Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Phil Neville.

Jesper Blomqvist (LM)
He called time on an injury-hit career in 2005. He was assistant coach at Swedish side Hammarby before leaving by mutual consent. Blomqvist called quits on football in 2012 and now focuses on business and features on reality television shows in his homeland.

Dwight Yorke (ST)
A prolific debut campaign took United all the way to the treble. His relationship unravelled with Sir Alex Ferguson well before he left for Blackburn Rovers in 2002. Reinvented as a defensive midfielder for Trinidad and Tobago’s 2006 World Cup finals appearance and is now a prominent television pundit.

Andy Cole (ST)
The former Newcastle United man played a key role on the road to the 1999 final. Edged out of the club by Ruud van Nistelrooy’s arrival in 2001 and called time on a career that saw him fire in 187 Premier League goals in 2008. He dabbled in punditry then picked up his coaching badges on Man Utd’s books. He’s currently a club ambassador for the Red Devils.

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Raimond van der Gouw (SUB)
Continued as the club’s second choice goalkeeper until he left United in 2002. Part of Roy Keane’s staff at Sunderland and has been a goalkeeping coach for Vitesse since 2009.

David May (SUB)
Played no part in the 1999 final but retired in 2006 and eventually became a pundit on MUTV and regular face on the club’s website.

Phil Neville (SUB)
The younger brother of Gary left Old Trafford with his head held high in search of regular football in 2005, landing at Goodison Park under David Moyes. Captained Everton until recently and followed Moyes to Old Trafford when the Scot replaced Sir Alex Ferguson last summer.

Wes Brown (SUB)
Sat out the 1999 final but put in the cross to set-up Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener in the 2008 showpiece. A struggle with injuries throught his time at United meant he never quite became the player he was tipped to become and he was sold to Sunderland in 2011, where the 34-year-old remains.

Jonathan Greening (SUB)
The then-United youngster gained a Champions League winners medal without making a single appearance in the competition. Left the club in 2001 to pursue first-team opportunities at Middlesbrough then West Bromwich Albion. After a spell at Fulham, he left for Nottingham Forest but now resides at Barnsley on loan.

Teddy Sheringham (SUB)
After grabbing the equalising goal, the England international went from strength-to-strength at United. In 2000-01 he was voted Player of the Year by both the PFA and Football Writers’ Association. Hung up his boots in 2008, aged 42, and spent his time since on the international poker circuit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (SUB)
The match-winning hero of 1999 suffered an injury hit few seasons after his exploits. Managed the Man Utd reserve team after succumbing to a persistent knee injury in 2007, then left for success at Norwegian club Molde. This caught the attention of Cardiff where he has resided since taking over earlier this season. He is currently facing a battle for Premier League survival with the Welsh club.

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