As Bayern München captain Philipp Lahm announces his intention to retire at the end of the season, UEFA.com revisits five key moments of a glittering career for club and country.
20 September 2003: Stuttgart 1-0 Borussia Dortmund, BundesligaLahm will end his career as a Bayern legend, yet there was a time when his future at the club was uncertain as he was sent on a two-year loan to Stuttgart in 2003. A defensive midfielder or a right-back with Bayern’s B team, he was switched to left-back at Stuttgart and thrived after his debut against Dortmund, coming second in the voting for German player of the year in 2003/04.
Lahm on Bayern’s 2013 UEFA Champions League win
22 August 2007: England 1-2 Germany, friendly Lahm was first deployed as a holding midfielder by Joachim Löw, who felt that his “outstanding qualities as a footballer” would make him a perfect fit for the role. Furthermore, after Bernd Schneider’s substitution during the second half, Lahm took the captain’s armband for the first time and helped the Nationalmannschaft become the first team to win at the new Wembley Stadium.
25 May 2013: Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern, UEFA Champions League finalLahm returned to London six years later to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy – just days after celebrating his first Bundesliga title as Bayern captain. “I will never get tired of marvelling at this trophy,” he said that night. He has since often underlined his great desire to win the competition again. “I absolutely want to experience that feeling once more.”
The making of Philipp Lahm
2 October 2013: Manchester City 1-3 Bayern, UEFA Champions League, group stageAfter Josep Guardiola took charge of Bayern in 2013, Lahm was deployed in midfield much more regularly. His vision and anticipation were perfectly illustrated in what was one of the best Bayern matches during the Guardiola era, the Spaniard later saying: “Philipp is the most intelligent footballer I have ever worked with.”
13 July 2014: Germany 1-0 Argentina (aet), FIFA World Cup finalHaving started the tournament in midfield, Lahm’s superb organisational skills helped him ease back into the right-back role when realisation set in that he would be more valuable in defence for the decisive games. He was at his best in the final triumph against Argentina, showing his great positional awareness and reliable passing one last time in a Germany shirt; he retired after the tournament.