Player of the day: Philip Lahm

German Football
By German Football June 1, 2008 03:33

Player of the day: Philip Lahm

Philip Lahm entered the 2006 World Cup a relative unknown, but burst onto the international scene with a spectacular opening goal, scored against Costa Rica in the 6th minute. The only German player to play all 690 minutes of the 2006 World Cup, his outstanding performance also earned him a nomination for the FIFA World Player of the Year 2006.

Known for his unique role as a right-footed left back, the versatile Lahm has been efficiently deployed on both sides. An effective support, he delivers pinpoint passes into the penalty box for his strikers; however, he is also quick to slip through holes in opposing defense, functioning as an opportunistic striker.

Standing at 170cm (approximately 5’7″), he is dwarfed by most of his teammates, yet the agile and quick-thinking Lahm clearly manages to hold his own, both internationally and league-wise. He was chosen as the left back for the UEFA Team of the Year 2006, and included in the Mastercard All Star Team.

Hailed by critics as one of the best left backs currently playing today, Lahm’s renowned pace, dribbling and crossing abilities are sure to make him a pillar of the German soccer team in the upcoming Euro.

We’ll leave you with some videos of his skills as well as the incredible opening goal he scored in the 2006 World Cup.

German Football
By German Football June 1, 2008 03:33
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