Monday, November 11, 2013

11 November 1983 - Captain Of Club And Country

On 11 November 1983, Bayern Munich and Germany captain Philipp Lahm was born in Munich.

He joined Bayern's youth team in 1995, then signed a professional contract with the club in 2001. After a couple of years with the reserve team and an initial appearance for the senior side in 2002, he moved on loan to Stuttgart for two seasons, returning to Bayern in July 2005.

By the 2006-07 season, Lahm had claimed the starting left-back position, making a total of 48 appearances in all competitions. He later played at right back and, most recently, as a defensive midfielder, raising his current appearances total for the club to 369. Along the way, he has collected five Bundesliga titles, five German Cups, and a Champions League trophy, and has captained the side since January 2011.

In February 2004, he earned his first cap for Germany and has since gone on to make a total of 101 international appearances. He captained the team during the 2010 World Cup, leading them to a second straight third-place finish, and has retained the armband ever since.

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