Even amid the current euphoria over winning the World Cup soccer championship in Brazil, German soccer fans are worried.
The question of whether coach Joachim Löw will resign at the peak of his fame or return to pursue another championship run hangs like the sword of Damocles over the nation’s fans, especially since the surprising announcement that German team captain Philipp Lahm is retiring at the tender age of 30.
A world-class player, Mr. Lahm was under no pressure to quit and was expected to be an important part of the German national team in 2018, but he wanted to go out as a champion. He leaves with the echoes of cheering masses in his ears and at a time when all of Germany will regret his exit. He’ll always be remembered for his play in Rio de Janeiro.
Soccer fans may lament Mr. Lahm’s decision, but he is simply acting on a popular German phrase: “Stop when things are best.” Sadly, when it really matters, few people are as smart as Mr. Lahm, particularly in the business community.