Philipp Lahm’s official statement in full
Dear friends of football,
During the last season I have made the decision to quit my international career after the World Cup. I told Jogi Löw about this during the breakfast on Monday. I am happy and thankful that the end of my international career coincided with the win of the World Cup in Brazil.
This morning I said goodbye to DFB’s president Wolfgang Niersbach and thanked him in place of the whole coaching team around Joachim Löw, Hansi Flick, Andy Köpke and team manager Oliver Bierhoff for the great teamwork during the last ten years.
I have been on vacation for three days and thus have time to end my international career mentally.
Thank you so much for a wonderful time,
Translated by me, read the German text here.
“There probably won’t be a better time to say goodbye. Germany captain Philipp Lahm celebrated his country’s 2014 World Cup victory with his teammates in front of half a million people surrounding the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Five days later, Lahm called time on his international career. He may have been one of the smallest players physically, but on the pitch Lahm was always one of the biggest forces. Now his time in Germany colors is over and a gap is left in his absence. That this decision comes for Lahm at the age of 30 after the greatest footballing success demands nothing but respect. After all, not every great player has made a similar choice. Lahm won’t be forgotten in football’s history books. He’ll continue to go on the title chase with Bayern Munich in the years ahead, and without the strain of international trips. He deserves it.
Just as he did in his 113 international caps, Philipp Lahm has once again done everything r i g h t.”
Philipp Lahm is one of my favorite football players and, in my opinion, one of the best in history. He’s the reason I started watching and supporting the German national team back in 2006. (I didn’t really support any other national team before that.) I absolutely love watching this man play. There is a vibe and energy in him (on and off the pitch) that I don’t see in others.
A genius and a gentleman
(though some Ballack fans may disagree). I’ll miss seeing him with Die Mannschaft. I was hoping he would still be with the team at least until Euro 2016. It will be very strange for me to see someone else wear that captain’s armband. *sniff*
I am devastated and still in shock. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision. At least I’ll still get to see him play with Bayern Munich for the next few years. What a way to go out though - winning the World Cup.
Two and a half hours until the #WorldCup2014 final! Go #GER!!! #aneurerseite (at H&J Sports Bar and Restaurant Makati)
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