Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm ( 2013)

Philipp Lahm ( born November 11, 1983 in Munich) is a German footballer and captain of FC Bayern Munich and the German national team. He plays preferably in the defense as a right or left-back, but can also be used as a defensive midfielder.

  • 4.1 club
  • 4.2 national team
  • 4.3 Honours

Origin and education

Philipp Lahm grew up together with a two- year-old sister and grandparents in the Munich district Gern. His father, a telecommunications engineer, had played football in the district league. His mother is a youth leader at the FT Gern, started at the Lahm playing football.

Lahm has a high-school diploma.



His first steps as a footballer graduated Lahm for the FT Gern. From 1995 he played in the youth of the FC Bayern Munich, then from 2001 for the amateurs of the club in the Regionalliga Süd. In youth he was employed in both the central and defensive midfield and as a full-back. In his first years as a youth footballer, he also played as a winger.

Since the Bavaria with Bixente Lizarazu and Willy Sagnol Lahm's preferred positions had been well occupied, he came up in 2003 only to a single use in a competitive match for the pros when he came off the bench again in the 90th minute of the Champions League group stage.

Because Hermann Gerland, who then coached the second team of Bavaria, thought that Lahm was too good for a third year in the regional league, he recommended Lahm Felix Magath, who was then coached VfB Stuttgart. In June 2003, he was loaned for two seasons at the Swabians. There he was on the opening day on August 3, 2003, his Bundesliga debut in a 2-0 win over Hansa Rostock as he came into the game for Silvio Meissner in the 76th minute. From Matchday he pushed Heiko Gerber on the position of left-back and was then starting eleven for the VfB. Beginning in January 2005 Lahm suffered a stress fracture in his right metatarsal, which forced him to a longer -month break; his competitive comeback he gave on April 9, 2005 against FC Schalke 04 before the last matchday Lahm injured again when he tore a ligament in his right knee suffered in training, so he was used only six times in the second half. In Stuttgart he played a total of 53 Bundesliga matches and scored two goals. He was also active for seven Stuttgart in the Champions League and six in the UEFA Cup.

After he returned in the summer of 2005 to Munich Lahm played by auskurierter injury on November 15, 2005, the first in the regional portion of the FC Bayern II against Jahn Regensburg. His comeback in the first team he had four days later in the game against Arminia Bielefeld. This game was also his first Bundesliga match for Bayern. After two further substitutions he stood on the 16th game against 1.FC Kaiserslautern for the first time in the starting lineup. By the penultimate day after he came back in every round game used and played gradually into the stem formation.

From the 2006/07 season, in which he first played in all 34 league games and nine of the ten Champions League games, Lahm was a regular player at Bayern Munich. His usual position was at first the left side defense, later the right. He quickly became one of the leading players. In the years 2006, 2008 and 2010 Lahm won with his team the double of German championship and DFB Cup. In 2010 he reached the final of the Champions League, which they lost 0-2 against Inter Milan. After the departure of Mark van Bommel Lahm was 2011 team captain of Bayern in January. In the 2011/12 season Lahm led his team again in the final of the UEFA Champions League, which was held this time in their own stadium. There Bayern defeated Chelsea on penalties. In the 2011/12 season Lahm completed on 31 March 2012 ( 28th Round ) his 200th Bundesliga use for Bayern in the match against 1.FC Nuremberg.

The year 2013 was for Philipp Lahm the most successful in his career: the After he had become with Bayern 28th matchday of the 2012/13 season early champion in the history of the Bundesliga and May 11, first time in 2013 as captain was able to receive championship trophy, he succeeded then, with Bayern for the third time in four years to collect the final of the UEFA Champions League. With the subsequent 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on 25 May 2013 for London's Wembley Stadium, he won at age 29 for the first time the major European club trophy. With a victory over his former club, VfB Stuttgart in the DFB Cup final on June 1, 2013, the team also won the first German team to captain Lahm the great European triple in men's soccer.

Under the new coach Pep Guardiola, under which he was used mainly as a defensive midfielder, he did not succeed and the team, although initially the season to defend the DFL - Supercup, but against winning the UEFA Super Cup on August 30, 2013 Chelsea and the FIFA Club World Cup in December of the same year won Lahm and his teammates for the first time in the history of the club five major titles in one calendar year. At the end of the year he was awarded at the Club World Cup with the Silver Ball as the second best player of the tournament after Franck Ribery was added by FIFA next five teammates of FC Bayern in a shortlist of 23 players for the election of World Player of 2013 and the FIFA / FIFPro World XI and elected to the UEFA Team of the Year. He also was graded on his new position as a defensive midfielder in the category of " world class" by Kicker sports magazine.

On January 24, 2014 Philipp Lahm played his 300th Bundesliga match against Borussia Moenchengladbach. Of these, 247 Bundesliga games for Bayern and 53 for VfB Stuttgart.


His first senior international Philipp Lahm completed on 18 February 2004 in Split against Croatia (2-1). He immediately became a regular player on the position of left-back and played in the 2004 calendar year, 15 out of 16 international matches, including all three games at the European Championships in Portugal.

Following two serious injuries Lahm graduated in 2005 no match for the national team and therefore also missed the Confederations Cup 2005.

After more than 14 months Lahm was on 1 March 2006 against Italy (1:4) his comeback to the national team. In a test match of the national team on 16 May 2006 against FSV 63 Luckenwalde (7:0) in Mannheim he fell unhappy and retired while a partial demolition of the tendon and the collateral ligament in his left elbow to. He could still participate in the World Cup, in the 6th minute, he scored the first goal of the tournament in the opening game on 9 June 2006 against Costa Rica. In addition, he was elected ( best player of the game ) and called to consistently strong performances in the 23 -member World Cup All- Star team in the game Germany against Poland (14 June 2006) "Man of the Match". He is the only German player, who played all World Cup games over the full 90 minutes.

On 22 August 2007, he took in a friendly against England, in which he had previously played for the first time in his pro career, the " six " position before the defense in the final minutes after the substitution of Bernd Schneider for the first time in his national team career as captain.

From September 2006 to November 2007 Lahm played in nine of the ten qualifying games for the 2008 European Championship and was appointed by Joachim Loew on 16 May 2008 as expected in the German Championship squad. In the semifinals, he scored in the 90th minute against Turkey, a 3-2 victory. After the game, he was named " Man of the Match". In the 0-1 defeat in the final against Spain Lahm was replaced at half-time against Marcell Jansen. From the expert committee of UEFA, he was elected one day after the final at the All- Star team of Euro 2008.

In the beginning after the World Cup qualifying tournament he played all ten games and was appointed on 6 May 2010 by Germany coach Joachim Loew in the squad for the 2010 World Cup. Before the tournament captain Michael Ballack had failed with a serious injury. After Lahm in August 2008 could once again wear the captain's armband for the first time was short and accrued on May 29, 2009 at the international match in Shanghai against China as team captain, he was named as one of the most experienced players to replace captain for the World Cup. Before the semi-final against eventual winners Spain, he caused a disturbance when he announced to want to stay after the World Cup captain. After the World Cup he was voted into the All- Star team FIFA.

After Ballack did not return to the national team after the World Cup, Lahm was in June 2011 officially captain of the German national team. Shortly afterwards, he drew another unrest when he said " The subtle difference: How to top footballers today," his book published. Although it was his main goal, to tell young players from the experience in professional football, contrary to usual practice, but he criticized it also former teammates and coaches also from the national team, which earned him a rebuke of the German Football Association, but had no further consequences.

From September 2010 to October 2011 he once again denied all ten qualifying matches for the 2012 European Football Championship and captained the German squad in the tournament. He played in all five games to the semi-finals over the full season. His goal to make it 1-0 in the quarterfinals paved the way to a 4-2 win over Greece, but his favored position error in the game it 2-0 by Italy, which proved to be a preliminary decision. The defeat against Italy was his 14th Championship game in the third tournament, making him the record holder for the German EM inserts.

On September 6, 2013 Lahm completed as part of the World Cup qualifiers in 2014 his 100th game, where it ran aground in every international match from the start. He finished eighth of the German players with at least 100 caps. He was also the 40th time captain of the national team and moved so that the same with Uwe Seeler.

Game Stats

The table lists the total number of games ( S) and gates ( T ) per season and competition. Games in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League also include the associated qualifiers.

As of April 14, 2013 as the end of season and the start June 30 and July 1 of each year shall apply..



  • UEFA Champions League: 2013
  • UEFA Super Cup winner 2013
  • FIFA Club World Cup 2013
  • UEFA Champions League finalists: 2010, 2012
  • German champion: 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
  • DFB Cup: 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013
  • DFL League Cup: 2007
  • DFL - Supercup: 2010, 2012
  • German A- Junior Champion: 2001, 2002


  • Third in the World Cup: 2006, 2010
  • Second in the European Championship: 2008


  • Second in the election of Germany's Footballer of the Year: 2004
  • Third party in the election of Germany's Footballer of the Year: 2006
  • Nominations for election of the FIFA World Player of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013
  • Silver Ball at the FIFA Club World Cup 2013
  • Silver Bay Leaf: 2006, 2010
  • FIFA / FIFPro World XI: 2013
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013
  • All- Star team of 2006 World Cup
  • All- star team of Euro 2008
  • All- Star team of 2010 World Cup
  • All- star team of Euro 2012

Social Commitment

Lahm is involved in several social projects. He founded on December 11, 2007, Philipp Lahm Foundation, which has set itself the task of disadvantaged children and young people from Germany and children from Africa in the areas of promoting education, sports and health. The socially disadvantaged children summer camp promoting the Foundation has been recognized by UNESCO as an official project of the UN Decade " Education for Sustainable Development " ( 2005-2014). Even outside of his foundation Lahm is active, especially for SOS Children's Villages and as Ambassador to the World AIDS Day and the initiative " - Kinder.Medien.Kompetenz ", he also supports the Foundation "Alliance for Children. Counter-violence ", the project LILALU girl at the ball and as a reading Ambassador the Reading Foundation.


Philipp Lahm stands up against homophobia and intolerance at grassroots level. For this he received, in addition to Theo Zwanziger and the sports scientist Tanja Walther, the Tolerantia price of Maneo for " special and outstanding efforts against intolerance and homophobia in popular sport, especially in football ." On 30 June 2009 Lahm " high performance athletes Plus" for its social commitment and 2010 with the Bavarian State Medal has been awarded the Bavarian Sport Award 2009 in the category awarded for services to health.


At the Ice Hockey World Cup 2010 Lahm was World Cup ambassador.

He is married to Claudia since 2010. The two are parents of a son (born 15 August 2012).

In August 2011, Philipp Lahm published his non-fiction book The subtle difference in Publisher Antje Kunstmann.