Player Profile: Philipp Lahm

German Football
By German Football April 9, 2010 05:52

Player Profile: Philipp Lahm

Lahm is widely recognised as one of world football’s best full-backs and he is a vital member of the German team, whether operating on the left or right side of defense. Having shone at the 2006 World Cup, as well as Euro 2004 and Euro 2008, his extensive experience and attacking impetus are important for the team and Lahm clearly relishes the biggest of stages, making eye-catching contributions at every major finals of his career.

Lahm made a particularly eye-catching contribution at his last World Cup when he scored the opening goal of the tournament with a looping shot against Costa Rica and was the only German player to play all 690 minutes of their campaign. He was nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year award six months later. He was also included in the Mastercard All Star Team in 2006 and the UEFA Team of the Tournament in 2008.

He is well known for his pace, dribbling and crossing abilities as well as his small stature. Although Lahm is right-footed, and while he played as a right back as a youth, he has also been played effectively at left back, where his runs with the ball from the left flank and swift cut-ins towards the centre, where he could then shoot with his strong right foot, has been a potent weapon for both Bayern and Germany.

Though a product of the Bayern Munich youth team, Lahm first achieved prominence during two successive loan spells at Stuttgart and made over 50 Bundesliga appearances in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons combined. Returning to Bayern as a regular in the German national side, Lahm soon secured a similar status with his club after overcoming a serious knee injury and replaced French World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu. Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United have all monitored the little full-back but he has remained in Bavaria ever since, winning two Doubles with the club.

Career high: Scoring a late winner in a thrilling 3-2 win over Turkey that took Germany to the final of Euro 2008.

Career low: Suffering cruciate ligament damage in May 2005 while on loan at Stuttgart. He only returned to action in November of the same year.

German Football
By German Football April 9, 2010 05:52
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21 Comments

  1. Naren Mukherjee May 27, 12:17

    One of my favorite player is Philipp Lahm after Mathews. I think he should become the captain of German team for South Africa.I will him all the best and I am sure he will be in his best of forms at WC.

  2. Naren Mukherjee May 27, 12:18

    One of my favorite player is Philipp Lahm after Mathews. I think he should become the captain of German team for South Africa.I wish him all the best and I am sure he will be in his best of forms at WC.

  3. Hasan June 4, 01:03

    Dear Captain,

    In my country (Bangladesh) most of my friends are supporting Brazil, Argentina, Spain and England. But I support Germany.

    I know this time we have so many problems like injury and lack of experience. But still I do believe that Germany has the ability to win the world cup. Please show the world that The German Team is unbeatable.

    I wish you all the best.

    The Germans will be aggressive, and the goals will come !!!! Deutschland ist der Beste!

  4. wajdi June 20, 01:05

    Please show the world that The German Team is unbeatable..you are one of the best players in the world and by the way my son werd like you and schweinstiger and meuller so much and he wants to play in germany ..i hope that

  5. Jane Chariot June 24, 00:42

    I don’t think he’s ready to be a captain for the german squad. He doesn’t really push the team unlike Kahn or Ballack.

    Or maybe he’s just too tiny…
    What to do? Ballack’s injured.

  6. sifat June 25, 04:53

    c’mon-show the world that size doesn’t matter chopping wood!!!

  7. gtsein June 25, 04:59

    A wonderful little player, beautiful to watch!

  8. wadie June 29, 10:38

    No one can pass him,not even Messi !

    Just brilliant !

  9. anurag pal_India July 3, 23:05

    wonderful full back, good crosses, good clearences . u r defence is strong and passing is good.

  10. DrKamal July 7, 04:00

    Philipp Lahm:
    The road to the final has not yet come to an end; the party will go on. In South Africa, Germany and Malaysia. We are all one team. And we all have a very big goal. Together we can do it! GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL. WE LOVE YOU.

    Dr. Kamal Shah
    Malaysia.

  11. shiby July 11, 15:46

    captian.. :)
    Congratulations nd thanks a lot for all d beautiful moments u guys gave us through this tournament nd making Germany win d 3rd place..actually,ws waiting 2 c u lifting d WC..bt anyways..we r happy nd proud f u guys..u guys played vry well..it ws excellent..thanks a lot.. :) nd make Germany united,motivated nd d Best like this always.. :) wil miss u all..

  12. shiby July 14, 12:47

    lahm…heard u getting married.. Congratulations dear…!!!wishing u a very Happy Married Life.. :)

  13. Aisys July 15, 17:39

    though WC is over with Germany not as champions, im still glad for the third place that Die Deutsche achieved……<3 ich liebe auch deutschland!

  14. Sally-Anne. July 17, 12:32

    Cutie!!!

  15. EdóÓó (Hungary) July 21, 15:29

    Good captain, good player…we love him so much! <3 <3
    GO GERMANY NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM!
    GO NATIONALELF!!!!!!!!!

  16. Sumitava July 29, 11:25

    all the players of the team in 2010 are unbeatable and lahm you are great.

  17. Deutschland Gurl July 30, 09:43

    ahhhhh, Philipp Lahm!! ich liebe dich <3

  18. faez August 17, 08:25

    very good captain…
    lahm is awesome..u’re so cute…congrats for u wedding… ^_^

  19. Saida October 15, 15:10

    Lahm is the best of the bests!

  20. Azri November 21, 19:11

    Lahm is the best Germany captain ever!..
    Two big thumbs up!!!

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