Manchester United v Bayern Munich: 1999 Lineups: Where Are They Now?

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

Manchester United v Bayern Munich: 1999 Lineups: Where Are They Now?

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    It was one of the least memorable Champions League finals in history...

    If you were a Bayern Munich fan. 

    May 26, 1999, will live in the hearts and minds of the Manchester United Faithful forever as the Red Devils completed a historic Treble.

    United famously stole the trophy from German hands on the day with two goals in injury time from substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The two teams now face each other in this year's Champions League quarter-finals as the reigning title holder from their domestic leagues.

    So where are the footballers who took place in the historic final now?

    Here we take a brief look at all of the participants from the match in 1999: 

    (Stats from Soccerbase or, unless stated.)

Peter Schmeichel

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    Manchester United's greatest ever goalkeeper lifted the European Cup on that fateful day in 1999, solidifying his legend and playing his final United game of his career, against Bayern Munich.

    The Great Dane represented United for seven seasons making 252 league appearances and winning the Premier League title an astonishing five times. 

    The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) ranked Schmeichel as the seventh greatest goalkeeper of the 20th century, with FIFA naming him in their 125 Greatest Living Players selected by Pele, in 2004.

    Schmeichel went on to represent Sporting Lisbon, Aston Villa and Manchester City after his years at Old Trafford and is now a television pundit. 

Oliver Kahn

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    Oliver Kahn was very much Peter Schmeichel's main competitor for the position of the greatest goalkeeper in the world, back in 1999.

    The big German was a supreme talent and in 2002 became the first and only goalkeeper in history to win the Golden Ball, per BBC Sport. 

    Kahn won the Bundesliga eight times in his career and the Champions League in 2001, per Eurosport.

    After retiring Kahn went on to star in a goalkeeping reality TV show in China and was most recently looking to commission the show in Germany titled I Never Give Up!: The Kahn Principle.

Gary Neville

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    Gary Neville is still very familiar to everyone in the UK and is now Sky Sports' expert pundit.

    Neville went on to become England's most capped right-back, playing for United for 18 years and eventually becoming club captain.

    He is a bona fide legend and is highly respected by everyone in the game.

    Neville is also now a coach in Roy Hodgson's England set-up and will be involved with the national team at the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil.

Lothar Matthaus

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    When Lothar Matthaus was substituted with only 10 minutes left on the clock, the German legend was expecting to add yet another trophy to his illustrious collection. 

    However, he was forced to sit there helpless as he witnessed United steal his team's thunder and glory.

    Matthaus played as a sweeper that day, but in his pomp was one of the best midfielders in the world. 

    A World Cup winning captain in 1990, a former European Footballer of the Year, the first ever FIFA World Player of the Year, the most capped German international in history with 150 caps, seven Bundesliga titles, two UEFA Cups and a Serie A title, the only trophy Matthaus did not win was the Champions League.

    The great man is also the only outfield player to ever play in five World Cup finals.

    Matthaus went on to become a coach and pundit after his playing career, managing both Hungary and Bulgaria at international level.

    He currently works for Iranian channel IRIB covering the next World Cup.  

Denis Irwin

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    One of the best full-backs the Premier League has ever seen, Denis Irwin was Sir Alex Ferguson's Mr Reliable. 

    And in 2013, Fergie gave Irwin the greatest compliment of all when he said the player would be the only guaranteed starter in his all-time best Manchester United XI. 

    He said, per ESPN:

    Honestly, I would say Denis Irwin would be the one certainty to get in the team. I called him an eight out of 10.

    At Highbury in one game, he had a bad pass back in the last minute and [Dennis] Bergkamp came in and scored. After the game the press said: 'You must be disappointed in that pass back.' I said: 'Well, one mistake in 10 years isn't bad.' He was an unbelievable player.

    Irwin spent 12 years at United, playing 529 times and scoring on 33 occasions, per

    The player left Old Trafford in 2002 and signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he played for two more years.

    Since 2004, Irwin has worked as a presenter for MUTV and is a columnist for Ireland's Sunday World.

Markus Babbel

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    Markus Babbel went on to become very well known to English football fans after leaving Bayern Munich in 2000 to join Liverpool.

    The player stayed in English football for four years, with an on-loan stint at Blackburn Rovers.

    He eventually returned to the Bundesliga to sign for his final club, Stuttgart. 

    During his time at Anfield the player won the F.A. Cup, the League Cup, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. 

    Babbel went on into football management after his playing career retirement, coaching Stuttgart, Hertha Berlin and most recently Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. 

Jaap Stam

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    Jaap Stam was the rock that Manchester United built their Treble success on, after his capture from PSV Eindhoven in 1998.

    So it is hard to believe that a couple of years later he was packed on his way and sold to Lazio.

    Stam played for Netherlands at four major championships, accumulating 67 caps. 

    The big Dutchman went on to play for AC Milan and Ajax, where he is now currently an assistant coach.

Michael Tarnat

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    Michael Tarnat stayed with Bayern Munich until 2003 when he joined Manchester City.

    But after one year Tarnat was on his way from England, returning to Germany to play for Hannover 96 where he stayed for five seasons and ended his playing career.

    Tarnat is now back with Bayern, employed as a talent scout. 

Ronny Johnsen

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    Ronny Johnsen was one of Fergie's unsung heroes in the late 1990s filling in when needed in defence and midfield.

    The Norwegian international stayed at Old Trafford for six seasons before moving on to Aston Villa and Newcastle.

    He ended his career back in his homeland, playing for Valerenga for three seasons before retiring. 

    Johnsen has been representing United at Masters Events in recent years and also now deals in property in Norway. 

Thomas Linke

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    Tough tackling Thomas Linke stayed with Bayern Munich for seven seasons, winning the Bundesliga five times.

    In 2005 he joined Austrian team Red Bull Slazburg where he captained the side.

    In 2008 he rejoined the Bayern set up for a year, being involved with their amateur side in the third division, before then retiring from playing.

    After this Linke returned to Salzburg to become the assistant to the director of football at the club.  

Samuel Kuffour

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    Ghana international Sami Kuffour had a fruitful and long career with Munich, representing the Bavarian club for 12 seasons, working his way from the German's youth set-up to their first-team. 

    His tears in the 1999 final made him famous after he openly wept on the pitch after United's second goal and the final whistle. 

    In 2005 he left for Roma, retiring from the game in 2009.

    Kuffour won six Bundesliga titles with Bayern and the Champions League.

    He was also nominated for the Ballon d'Or in 2001 and was twice runner-up in the African Footballer of the Year award. 

    Kuffour is now a football pundit in South Africa. 

Nicky Butt

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    Class of 92 member Nicky Butt played for United for 12 years, before joining Newcastle in 2004 where he stayed for six season.

    Butt then went on to represent Birmingham City before a short stint with South China ended his playing career in 2011.

    In 2012, Butt returned to United to become part of the club's coaching set up. 

    He is currently the Red Devils reserve team manager, on David Moyes' staff. 

Stefan Effenberg

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    Stefen Effenberg was the German equivalent of Eric Cantona: He was skillful, brilliant and at times hugely controversial.

    Nicknamed "The Tiger," Effenberg only played for his country on 35 occasions after a disagreement with the team management saw his international career halted. 

    A leader in his own right, Effenberg was also a nomad, generally spending only two or three years at each club he played for. 

    He did however win the Bundesliga title three times and captained Bayern to the Champions League title victory of 2000-01.

    In recent years, Effenberg has featured as a colour commentator on TV.

    He currently has coaching ambitions in Germany and was recently linked with a return to Bayern, only to turn down a position as a reserve team coach, per Stephan Uersfeld's article for ESPNFC.

David Beckham

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    Well what became of David Beckham after 1999?

    Well, besides global domination, Beckham went on to join Real Madrid in 2003 becoming their most famous of Galacticos. 

    In 2007, he joined MLS side LA Galaxy, ending his career after five seasons in the U.S.

    As we all know, Beckham is a very wealthy man, and is now in the process of setting up his own MLS franchise in Miami.

    He might have retired from the game, but you have not heard the last from Goldenballs. 

Jens Jeremies

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    After the 1999 final, Jens Jeremies stayed with the Bavarian club until his retirement in 2006.

    The German international won 55 caps for his country throughout an injury prone career.

    The defensive midfielder, originally from East Germany, suffered with a chronic knee injury, forcing him to retire at age 32. 

Jesper Blomqvist

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    Swedish international Jesper Blomqvist signed for United in the summer before the 1999 Treble triumph but only played 25 times for the club due to injury.

    He played against Bayern in the Champions League final due to the suspensions of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes. 

    After spells at several clubs after leaving Old Trafford, Blomqvist retired in 2010. 

    Now residing back in his homeland, Blomqvist is football pundit for Swedish TV station TV4. 

Ryan Giggs

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    Ryan Giggs, Ryan Giggs, still running down the wing. 

    The man is a sensation. After all of these years, Giggs is likely to start in the United midfield when they play Bayern on Tuesday night. 

    Quite possibly the greatest United player of all time, the question now is how long before they build a statue of him outside of Old Trafford?

    A winner of 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions Leagues, Giggs is United's most decorated player in the history of the club. 

    If United fall to Bayern on Tuesday, the game will represent Giggs' last match ever in the Champions League, and a sad day it will be. 

Mario Basler

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    Mario Basler put Bayern into a sixth minute lead in the 1999 Champions League final, and it appeared to be the winning goal for most of the game.

    Basler was the man of the match on the night, but it is questionable whether it meant anything to him after the final whistle.

    Basler left Bayern after the 1999 final, joining Kaiserslautern, where he stayed until 2003.

    He ended his playing career the following season after a spell in Qatar. 

    Since then Basler has coached at several clubs, most recently with Rot Oberhausen who play regional division football in Germany. 

Dwight Yorke

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    The former Trindad and Tobago striker stayed with United until 2002 before signing for Blackburn Rovers.

    After this, he played for Birmingham City and Sydney before ending his top flight career at Sunderland.

    Yorke has completed his coaching badge and has been a regular pundit for Sky Sports in recent years.

    He is mooted to be involved in a IPL style football venture in India that will take place this year. 

Andrew Cole

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    Andy Cole became a journeyman striker after his six years with United, playing for eight different clubs over a seven-year period.

    The former England international ended his playing career at his hometown club of Nottingham Forest in 2008. 

    He is currently a coach with Huddersfield Town and does occasional punditry on TV.

    Cole is the second highest Premier League goalscorer of all-time, second only to Alan Shearer, per Statbunker.

Alexander Zickler

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    German striker Alexander Zickler spent 12 season with Bayern Munich before joining Austrian team Red Bull Salzburg.

    He won seven German league titles in his years with Bayern, and retired from football at the end of the 2011 season.

    Most recently, Zickler has been a coach at Salzburg, working within their youth academy. 

Teddy Sheringham

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    "Oh Teddy, Teddy. Went to Man United and he won the lot."

    Teddy Sheringham joined United late in his career in 1997 as the replacement for Eric Cantona. It was an impossible role for anyone to fill and the club finished without a trophy in 1998.

    However, Sheringham more than played his part in 1999, coming off the bench at the Nou Camp to equalise in injury time and assist Solskjaer for the winning goal.

    Sheringham left United in 2001, returning to his former club Tottenham.

    After this he had spells at Portsmouth and West Ham, before finishing his playing career at Colchester in 2008, where he was the oldest player playing in all four of the professional divisions.

    Sheringham is now a regular pundit on TV and radio. 

Carsten Jancker

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    The original target man, the huge Carsten Jancker was a nightmare to play against. 

    And in the 1999 final he almost secured the victory for Bayern with an overhead kick that rattled Peter Schmeichel's crossbar. 

    Jancker went on to play for Udinese in Italy in 2002, and finished his playing career at Mattersburg of Austria in 2010. 

    Jancker in currently a youth team coach at Rapid Vienna. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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    It is amazing to think that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was only on the Nou Camp pitch for just over ten minutes during the final in 1999.

    The super-sub did his job to the letter and wrote his own chapter in United folklore.

    The Norwegian striker stayed at United for 11 seasons before injury forced him to retire in 2007.

    In 2008, Solskjaer made his first steps into coaching, taking over as United's reserve team manager.

    He then returned to his former club Molde as manager, leading them to their first ever league title success, a feat he then repeated the following season for the team's second consecutive championship.

    The Baby-Faced Assassin is now back in the Premier League as manager of Cardiff City.

    With the South Wales club in the relegation zone, Solskjaer will once again have to pull out a last minute winner to save the day. 


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