Philipp Lahm Retires From International Play as the Best Active Right Back

By Douglas Smith
Philipp Lahm International Retirement
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It was a youthful squad that helped Germany win the World Cup. However, it was Philipp Lahm who quietly had an amazing performance as usual. Lahm was asked to play two positions during the World Cup, and he played both holding midfielder and right back exceptionally well. Although he wanted to play midfield and has at Bayern Munich, right back is his natural position and his play showed why he is the best right back in football at the moment. Lahm announced his retirement from international play and will not only go out as a champion, but he will also move on as the best right back in recent history.

Although Lahm will continue to play in the Bundesliga, his ten years of international play will remain memorable for some time. He made his debut for the German senior team on Feb. 18, 2004. His play was a glimpse of hope for his nation. His energy and reliability has not waned in ten years despite missing almost a year of play between 2005 and 2006.

Lahm returned to the 2006 World Cup and did not miss a minute of tournament play on home turf. He played two positions in the 2008 Euros and scored the winning goal against Turkey in the semifinals. He then assumed the captaincy from Michael Ballack at the 2010 World Cup and provided effective leadership by example. His leadership skills and the way he bonded a young squad earned praise from all parts of the world.

Lahm accomplished a lot with Germany. Here are some of what he was a part of with the team and Bayern Munich.

-2014 World Cup Champion
-U19 Runner Up
-Euros Runner Up
-Six Bundesliga Titles
-Six DFB Pokal Trophies
FIFA Club World Cup Champion
-2013 FIFA World XI
-2014 FIFA World Cup Top XI

It is hard to be reliable and fairly injury free for your national team for 10 years. Lahm may be diminutive, but his play on the field has been enormous. Enjoy his play at Bayern Munich while it lasts. This is the greatest right back in the game.

Douglas Smith is a soccer writer for Follow him on Twitter @DFresh39, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.


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