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Lahm Announces International Retirement
Deutsche-Welle, July 18th, 2014 4:42PM

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Germany captain Philipp Lahm on Friday announced his retirement from international duty, less than a week after leading Germany to its fourth World Cup title. The decision by the 30-year-old defender caught the country by surprise.

"This is the right time," Lahm told the news agency SID. "I decided that the World Cup in Brazil would be my last tournament." Later, he released the following statement: "I'm happy and grateful that the end of my career comes with the World Cup victory in Brazil. I've been on holiday for three days now and have had the time to mentally conclude my international career. Thank you so much for a wonderful time!"

The World Cup final was Lahm's 113th international cap. His Germany career spanned over 10 years and started on Feb. 18, 2004 in a 2-1 win against Croatia. The win in Brazil made him the fourth German captain to lift the World Cup, but he is the only one to have lifted it for a unified Germany.

Lahm will remain captain of German Bundesliga champ Bayern Munich; his contract runs until 2018. Read the original story...


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  1. G O
    commented on: July 19, 2014 at 8:28 a.m.
    Thank you for posting this, Soccer America. People may not really know the career of Philipp Lahm who started at FC Bayern and then was loaned to VfB Stuttgart to gain practical experience before FC Bayern realized how silly it was to have him on loan in Stuttgart (and doing so very well for a rival Bundesliga club). To be clear: FC Bayern never relinquished Lahm. But they woke up and terminated the loan to Stuttgart at first opportunity to do so because Philipp was already that good. Let me be precise: There hasn't been a more consistently strong player on the pitch in any league or as an international as Philipp Lahm. NO one. Not in the last 40 years at this level. Look at 600 of his games for friendlies, warmups, league, cups, Champions League, and for the DFB, and one can only find about 10 - 12 poor performances. Very few mediocre ones. Mostly solid to very solid games. Games like the opener for the Germany hosted World Cup in June 2006 when he lights up the tournament with the opening strike to make that opening game perhaps the most entertaining (6 total goals) of any World Cup openers in the modern era. He strikes the goal in the Euro 2012 competition that gets the German DFB machine to then finally roll past the Greeks with 4 goals. Yes, strikes like this from a guy who plays left back or right back and stands shorter than a Neymar or Pedro. And of late he has born the very unusual burden of both FC Bayern AND German national team captaincies. With no controversies over either. THAT IS UNHEARD OF IN THE ANNALS OF GERMAN SOCCER. Media people love him because he actually has a very agile intellect and never ums, aws, slurs, or fluffs interviews. He says things with a vocabulary that even most managers and club presidents cannot match. Yes, probably the smartest player to play the game at this level (and so successfully) in my lifetime. The media also love him because he does not dodge self criticism and openly speaks it when necessary for him or his team, though he never makes excuses or places a teammate in an awkward or negative light. The best interview a reporter can hope for: Philipp Lahm. This will be certain -- In two years or less there will be many calling for Philipp to rethink his self imposed DFB retirement. Yes, he's just that good. Thanks. He's really the best that there is. On many levels. So amazing when he only stands just barely 5'6" tall.


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