Jens Lehmann (born 10 November 1969 in Essen) is a former German goalkeeper, who while at FC Schalke, became the first goalkeeper to score from open play in the Bundesliga. Five years later, in 2002, he won a Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund.
After moving to North London a year later, he played in every game during Arsenal’s unbeaten Premier League season in 2003-04 earning him a Premier League winner’s medal. Lehmanns’ impressive performances for Germany during the 2006 World Cup saw him named in the FIFA All Star Team for the tournament.
Jens Lehmann started his career at Schalke and stayed at Die Knappen for 10 seasons. His most successful season came in 1996-97, helping Schalke defeat Internazionale in the 1997 UEFA Cup final. With both legs of the final ending 1-0 to the home side, the tie was decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Lehmann saved the first penalty from Iván Zamorano as Schalke won 4-1 to lift the trophy. Following a year of strong performances, Lehmann was named UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year for 1997.
In 2003, Jens Lehmann joined Arsenal as a replacement for club legend David Seaman, and his first season with the Gunners proved to be an unforgettable one. Lehmann played in every Premier League game, keeping 15 clean sheets as he helped Arsenal go unbeaten to claim the 2003-04 Premier League trophy.
The achievement – the first time for over 100 years in English football – earned the players the nickname of “Invincibles”. Lehmann featured in 47 of Arsenal’s record 49 game unbeaten run.
By 2006, Jens Lehmann was well-established as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. He enjoyed a fantastic season in 2005-06, which included breaking the record for most Champions League clean sheets with ten. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, Lehmann turned in several big performances.
The biggest moment came in the quarter-final with Argentina, as he saved 2 penalties to help his team through to the semi-final. Lehmann’s performances earned him a second UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year award for 2006.