Philipp Lahm

On the Defensive

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Philipp Lahm is Bayern Munich's captain.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Faced with an aging team and in need of a new manager, Bayern Munich is no longer the dominant force they were in German soccer.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Bayern Munich have won a record number of German domestic titles and seven European titles.
    • Philipp Lahm, 32, has played for the club since he was 12 and is currently its captain.
    • Former Bayern president Uli Hoeness was convicted of a €28.5 million tax fraud and sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in 2014.
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Philipp Lahm is the captain of Germany’s most successful football team, FC Bayern Munich. Winner of the most German domestic league titles as well as seven European titles, the club is once again riding high in the Bundesliga.

But observers have noticed a recent change in the team’s performances. No longer dominant in matches, it has lost or drawn several Bundesliga games this season and is under pressure in the European Champions League.

Staffing issues have also unsettled the German giant. Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, widely regarded as the best coach in the world, has announced he is leaving in the summer. And the club’s management is currently considering what to do about former club coach and president Uli Hoeness, who has just been released from prison after serving a sentence for tax evasion. He is working with Bayern’s youth team but wants to resume his role of president.

Mr. Lahm spoke to the newspaper Die Zeit about his career and the club’s current predicament ahead of its crucial Champions League replay against Italian side Juventus on Wednesday.

 

Die Zeit: Do you wake up in pain the day after a physically and mentally exhausting game?

Philipp Lahm: No, fortunately that hasn’t happened to me yet. Unless I have an acute injury, of course, but everything is going well at the moment.

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