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Bayern Munich Alumni: Patrik Andersson knew Oliver Kahn was made to be CEO

Oliver Kahn set himself up to lead the club by learning all aspects of the business.

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Former Bayern Munich defender Patrick Andersson could see big things were coming for Oliver Kahn in his post-footballing life.

Andersson said that Kahn had been methodically preparing for a position like his current job — Bayern Munich’s CEO — by trying to gain experience in many different areas of the game and in business.

“Olli prepared everything for a long time, got to know the other side as a TV pundit, had a distance from the professional business and most recently learned a lot from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. I see Kahn’s job as very close teamwork with Brazzo (sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic),” Andersson told Sport Bild. “Like former Bayern bosses Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Olli knows exactly when it’s time to put pressure on the team. As a player, it’s easy to take criticism from such soccer greats because they were world-class players themselves and act with a lot of experience.”

Kahn took over Bayern Munich at a time with rampant changes taking place across the campus. Hopefully all of that experience will help Der Titan lead the club into a new era.