He was one of the Liverpool heroes of Istanbul in 2005, as Rafa Benitez’s team came from three goals down before defeating AC Milan on penalties in that dramatic Champions League final.
He had earlier joined Bayern Munich aged 16 and soon made his name as a neat and tidy midfielder, winning two Bundesliga titles, the UEFA Cup and German Cup.
After joining Newcastle then Liverpool, Dietmar Hamann’s stock rose even further as he starred in the Anfield club’s thrilling Cup Treble of 2001 and their most famous of nights four years later.
He also won 59 caps and played in the 2002 World Cup final for Germany, which they lost 2-0 to Brazil. During qualifying for that tournament, he became the last player to score at the old Wembley, Germany’s 1-0 against England heralding the end of Kevin Keegan’s reign as manager.
Now, having made his mark in the media following a spell at Manchester City, he is bringing his expertise to you, the World Cup fans. So join ‘Didi’ for his insightful and exclusive blogs and videos on Germany … right here with Sony, on Goal.com, Facebook and Twitter.