It’s the final matchday of the Bundesliga season but, more importantly for most Bayern Munich fans, it’s also the final game in the career of Philipp Lahm-one of the best and most important players in the rich history of the German giants.
“I’ll remember my first league title, my first cup, the Champions League”. Xabi Alonso also retires after these 90 minutes on Saturday.
“Carlo tried everything to convince me not to retire”, Lahm claimed. “I was 22, it was my first experience of living on my own and of living somewhere which wasn’t my home town”, he reminisced of his Liverpool days. “I hope it hurts him a little when I’m no longer there to play cards or sitting next to him in the changing room”.
“Standing on the pitch every day and going through the tiny details of the game – I don’t think that’s for me”. The fans in the stadium and the celebration in Marienplatz.
“I retired from the national team with the feeling that it was the right time to call it a day after the tournament”.
“I very much hope that he will remain in German football, whatever his role”. I want to do other things, meet new people, learn about different areas.
The former Germany global, a World Cup victor in 2014, is retiring from the professional game following Bayern’s final Bundesliga fixture of 2016-17 at home to Freiburg this weekend. “However, my first competitive appearance for the club in the Champions League was an unforgettable moment”. The hosts led 4-2 and looked set to bloody the champions’ nose, only for Carlo Ancelotti’s side to snatch victory with three goals in the last 10 minutes.
“I’ll remember my first league title, my first cup, the Champions League. I’d like to forget these but losing is part of the game and overall everything has turned out fine”. Then, who knows? What will I do on my first day after retirement? I will take my son to the kindergarten, empty my locker. It’s also my mum’s birthday’.
Lahm will lift the Bundesliga trophy for the fifth time as captain and the eighth in his career – equalling the record for most title wins held by Bayern legends Oliver Kahn, Mehmet Scholl and Bastian Schweinsteiger.