“I never lost my enthusiasm for football in all its facets,” says Ulf Kirsten, co-founder and co-owner of BKING24 and former German national football player. Even today the Bayer Leverkusen star forward holds 7th place in the national league’s all-time goal scorer list. After his career as an active player ended, Ulf Kirsten first worked as a trainer for various teams, then at a marketing agency starting in 2012 and subsequently as a sports agent. Today he is in charge of PR for BKING24.
Kirsten came up with the idea for a service portal together with Mergim Bektesi. To this day the two of them have maintained a friendship for almost 10 years beyond football. Their concept began with deliberations along the lines that “it must be possible to use computers in order to provide the best odds from the betting jungle of all betting portals centrally for all fans”. Today that idea has been realised with BKING24, a unique service portal that offers combination bets with an overall odds comparison, and user-friendly sorting of the odds. This service will also be offered for score bets on BKING24 starting in August of 2019.
351 national league games, 182 goals, 3-time top scorer. Those numbers alone make the 100 international matches appear secondary. This is the legacy of one of the best full blood forwards of our time. A career that started in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) with a professional début at the age of 17.
Before the political turnaround in 1989, Kirsten was the epitome of scoring prowess with 154 games and 57 first league goals. This was complemented by a place in the semi-finals of the 1988 UEFA cup. From 1990 to 2003 in the Bayer 04 Leverkusen football shirt, the greatest success aside from the DFB cup win in 1993 was the place in the 2002 Champions League finale. In addition to various personal successes such as “1990 GDR Football Player of the Year”, Ulf holds 7th place in the all-time goal scorer list.
But aside from documented facts, the forward and person Ulf Kirsten is defined much more by his manner. Always passionate, emotional and ambitious – his commitment to the goal, the unwavering will to succeed indicate this exceptional athlete’s personality and character. After his career, those same traits accompanied him as football instructor for U23 with Bayer 04 Leverkusen before resigning as a trainer in 2011.
Since January of 2018 Ulf Kirsten with 5 years' experience as a consultant is a shareholder and executive of BKING24, in charge of corporate communications. His goal is to ensure greater transparency and fairness for players in the international betting business.