Kahn Questions Lahm’s Leadership Qualities

German Football
By German Football May 28, 2010 23:32

Kahn Questions Lahm’s Leadership Qualities

Coach Joachim Loew announced via a televised press conference on Friday that Philipp Lahm will replace the injured Michael Ballack as captain in South Africa, but goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn isn’t convinced Lahm is the right man for the job.

“You have a huge responsibility as captain of the national team and the player who wears the armband must always lead the way,” Kahn was quoted as saying by Munich based newspaper TZ.

“Lahm still has to prove whether he has the leadership qualities for the whole tournament. Philipp is a great footballer, but I don’t know whether he is mature enough for this.

“A World Cup is very long and there are tough phases. As the captain, you must always be positive and courageous.”

Kahn certainly knows what it takes to be captain of the German national team. Wearing the captain’s armband, he led his team all the way to the Finals of the 2002 World Cup, where they lost to Brazil and finished runners-up at the tournament.

What do you think? Are Kahn’s concerns legitimate?

German Football
By German Football May 28, 2010 23:32
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4 Comments

  1. Babin Kharel May 29, 05:49

    Khan has proven himself a great captain but he should start trusting others..we are very hopeful with Lahm.

  2. Ares May 29, 10:23

    I have the same opinion about Lahm, but i hope Loew sees the situation inside the team and this is good decision 🙂

  3. Suveer May 30, 08:34

    i think Loew has made a good decision but Kahn does have a point. before such a large event captains must be trial and tested. its a little risky delegating duties like that to Lahm, a great footballer but someone in experienced in the particular field. what about lehmann? klose?

  4. Emily June 3, 15:16

    i think Loew has made a good decision but Kahn does have a point. before such a large event captains must be trial and tested. its a little risky delegating duties like that to Lahm, a great footballer but someone in experienced in the particular field. what about lehmann? klose?

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