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Illgner Bodo Illgner

1996 · 2001
Place of birth
Koblenz (Germany)
Year of birth

A safe pair of hands between the sticks

Position: Goalkeeper
Matches played: 119
German International: 56 matches

A tall goalkeeper who joined Real Madrid in Fabio Capello's first spell at the club and enjoyed a five-year stint. He checked in from FC Cologne, where he had spent his whole career, aged 29, measuring 1.90m and offering plenty of experience.

He was part of the team alongside a generation of young talents including Raúl and already established players like Hierro and Sanchís. They were joined by a host of impressive signings, including Roberto Carlos, Suker and Mijatovic and they combined to secure the club's seventh European Cup crown 32 years on from the team's last continental triumph.

Another of his teammates was Casillas, with whom he shared the goalkeeper's jersey until his retirement. His security between the sticks and in the air saw him earn 54 caps with Germany, with whom he won the World Cup in 1990 and was involved at the World Cup in the United States.


2 European Cups 
1 Intercontinental Cups
2 LaLiga titles
1 Spanish Super Cup