The German Magic Dwarf
Today is his 34th birthday. The German leader who gave his country the world cup gave his club the top position in European Competition. Phillip Lahm is considered by many to be one of the best full-backs of his generation. Here is his story of evolution.
Early Life :
Philipp Lahm is a Bayern Munich full back. He was born on November 11, 1983 in a German city of Munich.At the age of eleven Philipp began climbing the football Olympus, entering the Bayern Munich youth system.
Lahm developed into a professional football player within the Bayern Munich Junior Team. He joined the team at the age of 11 after a youth coach, Jan Pienta, had scouted him several times while he was playing for the local youth team in his hometown Gern, Munich. He was already considered very talented; one of his coaches. On 13 November 2002, Lahm made his debut for the Bayern Munich first team as a 92nd-minute substitute in a 3–3 draw with RC Lens in the group stage of the Champions League.
In 2003-04 season he was transferred to Stuttgart on a loan transfer. Lahm was originally signed as a back-up for Andreas Hinkel, who played as right back, but coach Felix Magath moved him to the left back position, on which he toppled the German international Heiko Gerber. He made his Bundesliga debut on the first day of the season 2003–04 against Hansa Rostock, as he came in as a substitute, left back in the 76th minute for midfielder Silvio Meissner. He made his first professional start as a left back on the fourth matchday as a 63rd-minute substitute for Gerber and his first game over the full 90 minutes followed on the sixth matchday against Dortmund.
In July 2005, Lahm returned to Bayern Munich. However, the torn cruciate ligament he had suffered just before his return forced him to start his professional time in FC Bayern on rehabilitation. He returned to the field at the end of November playing first twice for the B team and thereafter making his first professional Bundesliga appearance for Bayern in November 2005 against Arminia Bielefeld.
From then until 2017 when he announced his retire plan, he already had played 332 games.
Lahm started his international career in the U19 national team. He was part of the team that won silver for Germany in the 2002 U19 European championship playing in all games in the final tournament and scoring a crucial goal in the 90th minute (2–3) against England in a game that ended 3–3.
He represented his nation in 3 Worls Cups and 2 Euros. On 13 July 2014, Lahm led Germany to a World Cup victory, a 1–0 win against Argentina in the final, the fourth time Germany have won the competition and the first for a reunified Germany. Fritz Walter, Franz Beckenbauer, and Lothar Matthäus had skippered West Germany to the World Cup title. On 18 July 2014, Lahm, at the age of 30, announced his retirement from international football. He had scored five goals in 113 appearances. On 2 September 2014, Bastian Schweinsteiger succeeded Lahm as captain of the German national team.
Personal Life :
Lahm is known as a private person who maintains a low-profile outside of football; his best friend Andreas Ottl was the only footballer present at his wedding to Claudia Schattenberg. The couple have a son, Julian, and a daughter, Lenia. A Munich native, Lahm was a lifelong Bayern fan and served as a ball boy at the Olympic Stadium.
Bundesliga: 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015-16, 2016-17
DFL-Supercup: 2010, 2012, 2016
UEFA Champions League: 2012–13
UEFA Super Cup: 2013
FIFA Club World Cup: 2013
FIFA World Cup: 2014
Silbernes Lorbeerblatt: 2006, 2010, 2014[
FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2010
FIFA World Cup Castrol Index All Star Team: 2014
UEFA Team of the Year: 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014
UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2008, 2012 2013 2014
FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2013
FIFA/FIFPro World XI: 2013, 2014
FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2015
FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2016
FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2017
UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2013–14
FIFA Ballon d’Or: 6th place 2014
UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year (published 2015)]
UEFA Euro All-time XI (published 2016)
German Footballer of the Year: 2017
Lahm is involved in many charity campaigns and events. Lahm and German national teammate Piotr Trochowski visited the country taking time not only to visit the 2010 FIFA World Cup organizers but also to visit a local SOS Children’s Village and to take part in the Kick-AIDS event. Lahm has established a foundation, Philipp Lahm-Stiftung, to support underprivileged children and is also an official ambassador representing “FIFA for SOS Children’s Villages” He was not only a legend but a complete human being. With the nickname Magical Dwarf his was a world known sports personality. Happy Birthday, Lahm !