Phillip Lahm registered his 500th appearance at Bayern Munich during the club’s 1-1 draw against FC Schalke on Saturday. The German international has reached another outstanding landmark in his career and has still has much more to offer.
The 33-year-old was scouted by Bayern Munich in 1995 when he was just 11-years-old. After spending two seasons in the Bayern B team, Lahm was promoted to the senior team and made his debut as a 92nd minute substitute in the Champions League against RC Lens in November 2002.
Lahm has went onto win seven German Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokal Cups and one Champions League. His ability to play in various positions has enhanced his opportunities in the starting line-up and emphasises his talent.
Bayern’s skipper finished sixth place in the Ballon D’Or vote in 2014 and has been included in the UEFA Team of the Year on five occasions. He’s renowned as one of the best full-backs in the world and has won nearly every major trophy available at club level.
After three near misses, Lahm and Germany achieved their dream of ending a 18-year wait for a major trophy. The Germans marched to victory in the 2014 World Cup final with a narrow 1-0 win in extra time against Argentina in Brazil.
Germany finished runners-up at Euro 2008 and third-place at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He decided to end his international career on a high by announcing his international retirement following Germany’s 2014 triumph.
Phillip Lahm has Bayern in his Blood
Phillip Lahm’s has supported Bayern Munich since childhood and was first involved with the club as a ball boy. He was scouted by his boyhood team in 1995, when he was just 11-years-old and won two Bundesliga youth titles during his time at the academy.
Bayern’s coaching staff and supporters were aware of his talent and he quickly moved through the ranks and made his senior debut after just two seasons with the B team. Lahm has only ever spent two seasons away from the Bavarians, during a two-year loan spell at fellow German side Stuttgart.
This gained him some very valuable first team action and he’s never looked back since returning to play for the FCB. The 33-year-old won the treble in the 2012/13 season under the management of Jupp Heynckes.
Along with winning the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal Cup, Bayern also broke various record during the 2012/13 campaign. They became the fastest team to clinch the Bundesliga title, winning after just 28 matches, compared to their original record of 30 match days.
They also won the title by 25 points, earned the most points ever in a single season, won the most games in a single season and also kept a record amount of clean sheets. This was largely down to the influence of their captain Phillip Lahm, who was an organiser and influential figure for the back line.
It was an inevitable success and was also an example of the German superiority in the 2012/13 season. Bayern had suffered two defeats in the last three Champions League finals and beat Borussia Dortmund in the first all-German Champions League final.