Greatest Lahm moments
Germany’s World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm recently announced he will retire from football at the end of the season.
This brings to an end a 22-year career at Bayern Munich after joining the club aged 12.
Perhaps the best two-footed full back of his generation, Lahm has won seven league titles and of course the 2014 World Cup with Die Mannschaft.
So, in light of his recent announcement FootyOn writers have picked out their greatest Lahm moments of his trophy laden career…
Starring at Stuggart (2003)
He will undoubtedly go down as a Bayern great, but some may forget his spell with Stuttgart.
With his future in Munich in doubt, Lahm was sent on a two-season loan and debuted against Borussia Dortmund.
In a 2-1 win after being switched to left back, he began to show his qualities.
He starred during his spell in Stuttgart and came second in the voting for German player of the year in 2003/04.
His former club are currently in Bundesliga 2 and 4/6 with betway to win the title.
World Cup opener (2006)
This was a huge occasion for not just Lahm, but the whole of Germany.
Four years on from reaching the World Cup final, the then three-time winners came into the competition with a young and revamped squad.
At the time, Lahm was only 22 and wasted no time making his mark.
Just six minutes into the tournament’s curtain raiser against Costa Rica, Lahm cut in from the left wing and curled in a beautiful effort.
Germany went on to win 4-2 (Lahm later assisted Miroslav Klose) and ultimately finished third in the competition.
Lahm comes out on top of all German affair (2013)
After finishing runner up twice, Lahm snapped the streak and lifted the Champions League against the previous season’s Bundesliga champions, Borussia Dortmund.
Just days after celebrating his first Bundesliga title as Bayern captain, he compounded the honour of being given the armband with another triumph.
The game finished 2-1 to the Bavarian giants, producing a trademark clever and organised performance.
On winning the Champions League, Lahm said: “I absolutely want to experience that feeling once more.”
Dismantling the Samba Boys (2014)
Lahm’s third attempt at World Cup glory proved fruitful; but, before the final, Lahm totally dismantled hosts Brazil.
In the famous 7-1 semi, Lahm claimed two assists and outclassed Marcelo on the opposing flank, putting in a memorable sliding tackle on the Real Madrid man.
The score was only 1-0 at the time and, another, lesser player could have given away a penalty.
Reaching the pinnacle of world football
Although he didn’t particularly shine in the final, Lahm lifting the World Cup after an overhaul of Germany’s academy system decades before, seemed fitting.
Keeping a rock-solid backline over the 120 minutes against Argentina, he retired from representing his country soon after claiming world football’s top prize.
Some players in football overstay their international welcome, not Lahm.
Nicknamed the ‘Magic Dwarf’, he played a huge role in this tournament victory.
Under his captaincy, Germany claimed their first World Cup since 1990 and concluded a stellar career – bowing out at the pinnacle of football.