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Germany’s football team captain Philipp Lahm announced retirement

Jul 19, 2014 11:33 IST

Philipp LahmPhilipp Lahm, the captain of Germany’s football team announced his retirement from international game on 18 July 2014. He announced his retirement just five days after Germany led by him won its fourth football World Cup beating Argentina 1-0 in the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The win on 13 July 2014 helped Lahm to be 20th World Cup winning captain.

However, 30-year-old Bayern Munich defender, Lahm will continue to play for his club side, where he renewed his contract till 2018 before the World Cup. He started playing for club side at the age of 11.

He made his debut for the senior side in 2002 and has been its captain since 2011. He captained Bayern Munich to win 2013 Champions League, two Bundesliga title and two DFB-Pokal Cups

About Philipp Lahm

• He became the captain of Germany football team in 2010 when Michael Ballack was ruled out of 2010 World Cup due to injury
• He is the country’s fourth most-capped player behind Lothar Matthaus (150), Klose (137) and Lukas Podolski (116).
• He is also the fourth Mannschaft captain to lift the World Cup Trophy, after Fritz Walter in 1954, Franz Beckenbauer in 1974 and Matthaus in 1990.
• Lahm made his Germany debut in a 2-1 defeat of Croatia on 18 February 2004
• He was born in Munich on 11 November 1983

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