"I'll always remember my first game" - Philipp Lahm prepares to say farewell

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

Lahm is ready to bring the curtain down on a playing career in which he has won nearly every trophy in club and worldwide football.

He said: "For example, I name Thomas Muller with whom I have played Bayern 346 games". "I'll take some time out to learn a few other things, get to know some different people and subjects, then we will see what happens in the future".

"I'll remember my first league title, my first cup, the Champions League".

He won the Champions League titles with Liverpool, on that unforgettable night in Istanbul, then nine years later when Real Madrid won "la Decima" - a tenth European Cup title - in the 2014 Lisbon final.

At the third attempt, Philipp Lahm lifts the Champions League trophy at Wembley in 2013, as Bayern complete an historic treble. I played three minutes! "My wife is thrilled".

Lahm has not immediate plans to move into coaching but says he will continue to follow the progress of Munich - the club he first joined as an 11-year-old.

Lahm is preparing to play his final match for the Bundesliga champions in the season finale against Freiburg - 15 years after he made his debut for the first team.

Lahm confirmed that he was planning to visit former Bayern teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger, now plying his trade at Chicago Fire in the MLS.

This will be his 21st title with Bayern, having also won the German Cup six times, and Saturday's match will be his 517th appearance for Bayern.

Fifteen years, 650 competitive games, 113 global caps, eight Bundesliga titles, six German Cups, one Champions League, one Club World Cup and one World Cup later, the Bayern Munich captain finally hangs up his boots this Saturday. "First of all, I want to take a step back after 22 years at Bayern".

With the Bundesliga decided, Bayern Munich's trip to second-place RB Leipzig had less meaning. Having experienced German football's nadir at first hand in Portugal in 2004, it was fitting that Lahm should hoist the World Cup aloft in the Maracana ten years later - the culmination of a German football revolution which Philipp Lahm has personified.

"I very much hope that he will remain in German football, whatever his role".

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