One of the greatest and most versatile players to have ever graced a footballing field, Philipp Lahm was born today in 1983 in Munich, Germany.
Lahm started his playing career with a local club in Munich named Gern and this is when Bayern’s youth team coach Jan Pienta scouted his talent and brought him in Bayern Munich’s academy. Lahm was 11 when he moved to Munich and went on to win Bundesliga youth title twice, and the second time as a captain. By the time, one of his coaches in Hermann Hummels had already identified his talent by the time he was 17, he was already in Bayern’s B team.
In only his second season with the B team, Lahm was made captain and thanks to his versatility, he had already played as a defensive midfielder, right midfielder and as a right full-back. Bayern’s first team squad was already studded with the likes of Willy Sagnol and Lizarazu, hence Lahm found it hard to enter the first team foray and was loaned out to Stuttgart in 2003 and went on to spend two seasons with the Die Schwaben.
His loan tenure saw him adapting to a new left-back role. In 2005, Lahm returned to Bayern Munich but an early cruciate ligament injury means his participation in the first team was cut short. His major breakthrough in Bayern’s squad came in the 2006-07 season where he went on to make 48 appearances in all competitions and the rest, as they say, is history.
Before announcing his retirement from the sport in 2017, Lahm had made more than 500 appearances for the Bavarians and had won eight Bundesliga titles, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and one FIFA Club World Club. On an international stage, Lahm was as successful as his club journey. He had 113 international caps to his name and also a FIFA World Cup winning medal around his neck.