Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm is a German footballer who plays as left fullback for both Bayern Munich and the German national team.  Early in his career Philipp Lahm will be considered as one of the best young defenders in the world as evidenced by his presence in the team of the tournament for the 2006 World Cup showed.

He started his career with the Bayern Munich Junior team and won the A-junior Bundesliga two times. During his junior years Lahm played as defensive midfielder, right midfielder or right full-back. However he found it difficult to break in the first team because of an abundance of players in the midfield and also at right and left back position. As a result he was loaned to VfB Stuttgart for the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons.

In July 2005, Philipp Lahm returned to Bayern Munich. Unfortunately, just before his return to Bayern, he suffered a sprained ligament and must undergo reeducation. He will return in November and will make his first professional Bundesliga appearance for Bayern in November 2005 against Arminia Bielefeld. He will make 20 appearances during the season for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and play 3 times in the Champions League.

During the 2006/2007 season Philipp Lahm will play in all the 34 matches of the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich.  He will also play in 9 Champions League matches and will the best player in the team as Bayern Munich will experience one of its worst season.

For the 2007/ 2008 season there will be increasing speculation that Lahm will sign for Bacelona but instead he signed a new contract to see him stay with the Munich side until 2012.

On the International scene Philipp Lahm will start his career playing with the U19 national team. He will win the 2002 U19 European championship. He will make his debut for the senior team on 18 February 2004 in a game that will see the German beat Croatia.
Philipp Lahm scored the first goal of the 2006 World Cup in Germany against Costa Rica in the 6th minute of the opening match of this World Cup. He will enjoy a good World Cup and will be named in the 2006 Mastercard All Star Team. Indeed Philipp Lahm will be the only German player to have played all the 690 minutes of matches played by Germany in this competition.

Philipp Lahm was nominated for the title of Best FIFA footballer of the year following his excellent performances during the World Cup. The title was eventually awarded to Fabio Cannavaro. He was selected as left-back in the UEFA team of 2006 alongside Kaka, Ronaldinho or Thierry Henry.

In the 2010 World Cup he was the captain of the German side and again he was the only player to play every single minute for the German side.