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Team Captain Profile: Germany’s Philipp Lahm

Team Captain Profile: Germany’s Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm is one of the most versatile football players in Germany, and perhaps in the world. He can play as a full back (his most prominent role) but he can also display excellent maneuvers as a defensive midfielder. He is right-footed but he can easily switch sides whenever necessary. The German captain and Bayern Munich’s top seed would be making his third appearance in World Cup this year in Brazil.

 

Although he was not yet fully recuperated from an injury, Lahm illustrated excellent moves in the 2006 World Cup. He scored the first goal in the opening fixture of the tournament against Costa Rica in the first few minutes, cutting inside the area and firing a right foot shot into the top-right corner of the net. In the second group match against Poland, he named “Man of the Match.” Additionally, he was the lone German player to completely spend 690 minutes of the World Cup.

 

In 2010, following Michael Ballack’s exit from captaincy, Lahm captained the Germany in the opening match of the South Africa FIFA World Cup against Australia. At that time, he was the youngest player ever to spearhead a German side in a World Cup tournament.

 

The 30-year old Munich native was shortlisted for the FIFA World Player of the Year 2006 following his stellar performance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He has been a top candidate for the UEFA Team of the Year for five years (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009) which makes him one of the most often nominated German players for the said accolade. On  September 2013, Lahm received his 100th cap for the German national team in a 3–0 victory over Austria during the UEFA qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.

 

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