Lahm warned over book, hangs on to captaincy

German Football
By German Football August 29, 2011 05:25

Lahm warned over book, hangs on to captaincy

Philipp Lahm has been warned by the German Football Association (DFB) about his future conduct after causing irritation with his soon-to-be-published biography.

Excerpts from the book have been published in the Bild newspaper over recent days and his criticism of former Germany coaches Rudi Voller and Jurgen Klinsmann have not gone down well.

The DFB will discuss the issue with Lahm ahead of next week’s international matches against Austria and Poland and warned the full-back that he has overstepped the mark. However, taking the captaincy away from Lahm was not considered, despite speculation in the German media.

Lahm has stirred up controversy here after criticising Loew for a lack of team spirit at the Euro 2008 campaign when he labelled the squad a ‘feuding bunch’ in his book which goes on sale on Monday.

He also criticised Voeller for having the players train for just an hour a day when he coached the Euro 2000 side as Germany failed to make the quarter-finals, saying life under Voeller was “fun, but unstructured”.

And Bayern Munich captain Lahm also criticises Klinsmann, the current USA coach, for ignoring tactics during his brief tenure as Bayern coach before he was sacked in 2009, leaving senior Bayern players to decide how to play.

Ex-Bayern coaches Felix Magath and Louis van Gaal also come in for fire in Lahm’s book.

“Our national team players must be aware of their particular responsibility in public,” Zwanziger said in a press release. “That includes respecting other footballing personalities with whom they may not have shared or may not share an opinion.

“For me, Philipp has made a mistake by misjudging the impact and possible interpretations of the pre-publication of his book.”

Low also believes there is a need to sit down with Lahm and discuss his conduct.

“There are some passages in the book which I don’t like,” he said. “Here is a player who is publicly judging some coaches with whom he has worked for a long and successful period of time. We are going to have to talk about this in the coming weeks.”

Furthermore, the DFB has condemned Lahm’s criticism of Voller and Klinsmann.

“Rudi helped us after the 2000 World Cup in an extremely critical situation and, despite many problems, he did an amazing job which you still have to take your hat off to today,” Niersbach said. “Therefore, Philipp Lahm’s remarks are completely uncalled for and unacceptable.

“Jurgen created a spirit of optimism when he took over in 2004 which culminated in the remarkable 2006 World Cup. As national team players and world champions, but also in their overall service to German football, Rudi Voller and Jurgen Klinsmann cannot be esteemed highly enough. Philipp should know this.”

“We want mature players to make their opinions known, however in this case, Philipp has over-stepped the mark,” said team manager Oliver Bierhoff.

“One can only be glad when you’re not in the same side as Philipp Lahm, because you do not know what will be published in the next five years,” Bayer Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt told German magazine Kicker.

And Hoffenheim coach Holger Stanislawski was just as unimpressed. “It is inconceivable to me when people talk so negatively about colleagues,” he said. “It seems people who do things like that have too much free time or their own life is too boring.”

In a statement apologizing for the incident, Lahm said, “Of course, I did not want to attack or offend Rudi Voeller, Jurgen Klinsmann and other people (mentioned in the book). Rather I wanted, as is clear from reading my book, to portray my honest opinion about the work under different coaches and at different times.”

German Football
By German Football August 29, 2011 05:25
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