Philipp Lahm Has Announced He's Retiring At The End Of The Season
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Feb 09, 2017,
Feb 09, 2017, 0:42
As Bayern München captain Philipp Lahm announces his intention to retire at the end of the season, UEFA.com revisits five key moments of a glittering career for club and country.
He has won seven Bundesliga titles, six German Cups, the Champions League and the Club World Cup with Bayern.
Lahm still has another year left in his contract, but said he took the decision after considering it for over a year.
"More than a year ago, I started asking myself from day to day and week to week".
Yet Lahm told reporters after his side's 1-0 win over Wolfsburg in the DFB-Pokal that he just didn't have another campaign in him, and that this was the end of the road. He also informed them of his wish to terminate his contract, which runs to 2018, at the end of this season.
Lahm made his 500th Bayern appearance against Schalke on Saturday and is aiming to win a record eighth Bundesliga title this season.
Lahm's decision to turn down the sports director job, vacated by Matthias Sammer past year, caught Hoeness off guard.
"There were four meetings about it and I can imagine that he will one day work for FC Bayern". "It is clear to me I will stop".
"I have been at the club so long, I want to see what the future brings".
"He timed it well with his retirement from the national team after winning the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil".
Pep Guardiola famously called Lahm the "most intelligent" player he ever coached, and heavily credited Lahm, a versatile right back and central midfielder under Guardiola, for Bayern's success during his time there.