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Phillipp Lahm Ends International Career with Germany

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Germany Soccer NewsPhilipp Lahm announced that he would no longer play international soccer for Germany. The 30-year old captain of Germany helped Germany to the World Cup title last weekend in Brazil.

Lahm played every minute of all of Germany’s matches in the World Cup, which ended Germany’s wait of 24 years between trophies.

The triumph on Sunday, said Lahm, was the crowning moment thus far in his career and he said it was the right time that he steps down from playing for the national team.

Lahm told reporters that he had decided last season that he would end his international career following the World Cup. On Monday, he told Joachim Low his coach that he would no longer participate.

Lahm has played a part in the Germany national team for the last 10 years and wanted to thank all the coaches, trainers and behind the scenes employees for all they have done for the national team and for him personally.

Winning the World Cup gave Lahm nine trophies he has lifted over just the past two years claiming the Bundesliga title twice, the German DFC-Pokal title twice, the German Supercup, the UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA Champions League and finally the FIFA Club World Cup.

These trophies have all come since August of 2012 and all with Bayern Munich, where he will continue to play this season.

Lahm became the captain on the Germany national team during the World Cup of 2010, when the then captain, Michael Ballack could not participate due to an injury.

Originally he was meant to be the captain only temporarily, but Ballack could not return to his prior form and the captain’s armband was handed over to Lahm permanently by Low and he held it ever since.

Lahm’s current club, Bayern Munich and current and former teammates on both Bayern and the national team took to Twitter to express their thanks and gratitude to the talented Lahm for his time as the captain at Germany.

About David Campbell

David makes his home in Guatemala and follows the worlds greatest games from there. David contributes on all leagues across the world and had over 25 years experience. He has covered 10 World Cups and will do so again this year in Brazil.

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