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superbear
18-07-2014, 09:32
From SSN....

johnwoods88
18-07-2014, 09:33
No better way to go out I suppose.
Best full back in the world, world cup winning captain.

What a player

Earth Worm Jim
18-07-2014, 09:33
strange , hes only 30?

deutschlandbear
18-07-2014, 09:40
theres been a lot of comments about one reason he preferred to move into midfield was that he felt he couldnt cut it at full back anymore.

but as we saw during the WC many felt he wasnt doing all that well in midfield

must say i thought he played very very well at full back so this is a strange one

his replacement at right back, mustafi, didnt impress at all either

superbear
18-07-2014, 09:40
It surprises me. Maybe he was scared to face Scotland. :D

div_mc_rfc
18-07-2014, 09:42
Would have thought he may have wanted to try for the Euros in 2 years.

Top_Cat
18-07-2014, 09:47
Very strange decision.

stevethebluenose90
18-07-2014, 09:48
Going out on a high, fair play to him. Class player

bluejax
18-07-2014, 09:51
Seems like a mental decision by him. Germany are only going to get stronger and Lahm is top quality.

Brian Laudrup
18-07-2014, 09:51
All downhill from where he is just now, cant blame him.

Denver_Ba
18-07-2014, 09:52
Going out at the top as world cup winning captain. You can't get better than that.

An absolute legend. I wonder if ITV will try and get him to be a pundit during the Euros?

sirdrinksalot
18-07-2014, 09:53
You can see it from both sides, Lahm will obviously feel he will never top winning the world cup and he can concentrate fully on his club career now and play for many more years. However, he could have had at least another 2 major tournaments for his country.

BroomloanWATP
18-07-2014, 09:56
He's going out at the top and maybe feels it's time to move on for someone younger, I suppose.

A fantastic footballer.

djtudr4
18-07-2014, 09:56
Retiring now will add years on to his club career. After winning the world cup, its seems a good decision by him.

Sutton_Blows_g0ats
18-07-2014, 10:00
Great way to bow out. a great player.

thebluenosebear
18-07-2014, 10:02
Rolls Royce of a player been captivated by him since his goal after a few minutes in the 2006 WC, made the team of the tournament in every WC he's played.

Top top top pro.

RSEA2009
18-07-2014, 10:04
Did you play for Germany Grandpa

Yes Son

What was the last thing you ever did for Germany Grandpa

I lifted the World Cup as Captain

adelblue
18-07-2014, 10:05
With the talent they seem to have coming through it strikes me as a good decision to bow out at the pinnacle.

footballhipster
18-07-2014, 10:06
Already one of the greatest full backs of all time

scooby
18-07-2014, 10:06
I reckon I have watched Lahm play on TV roughly 50 times, between his club and international games.

He must be one of the most consistent players ever, I don't remember him ever having a bad game.

Fisher23
18-07-2014, 10:08
Not a bad time to go out.

A great player and defender.

0028
18-07-2014, 10:15
Superb player!
You have just lifted the world cup as captain, what better way to take your leave!

Dr Oliver Thredson
18-07-2014, 10:25
Very strange decision

1988Ger
18-07-2014, 10:29
Best right back in the world for the last decade.

Bows out as a world cup winning captain. You can't argue with that.

Tremdous player!

govantrueblue
18-07-2014, 10:29
Magnificient footballer, Who if he was scottish would have been told at 5ft 7" he was to small to play in defence.

fRoyf
18-07-2014, 10:30
Great player, entitled to focus on his club career now.

113 caps though by 30. A few of the other players in the German WC squad had broke the 100 cap barrier too: Klose (137 caps); Podolski (116 caps); Schweinsteiger (108 caps); and Mertesacker (108 caps).

Notwithstanding the fact the Germans have a handful of games ever tournament they play in, it does make you wonder why Scotland have so few highly capped players. It can only help a national team if a group of their players play together an awful lot.

Dr Oliver Thredson
18-07-2014, 10:31
He's a young 30 (still sprightly, looks younger than his age) and captaining a team who'll be hot favourites to win the Euros in 2 years time. I see him reversing this decision after watching a few Germany games on TV.

Torque87
18-07-2014, 10:32
Bow out a World Cup winning captain, the thing dreams are made of.

Baxter79
18-07-2014, 10:38
He was the best player in the World Cup for me.

Infact I don't think I've ever seen anything less than a 8/10 out of him, the most consistant footballer out there.

Good news for Bayern, disaster for the national team.

upgrader
18-07-2014, 10:48
you would think he would try and win euro 16 first

jonty9
18-07-2014, 10:51
I think he's succulent.

Southfork Loyal
18-07-2014, 10:51
Fantastic player. Could not go out on a higher note.

GR_7_Bear
18-07-2014, 10:52
No better place to go out than right at the very top and it doesn't get any higher than lifting the World Cup.

ssblue
18-07-2014, 10:57
Running scared of James Forrest.

200000 Heroes
18-07-2014, 12:51
It surprises me. Maybe he was scared to face Scotland. :D

:clap::dance::clap:

grailpr
18-07-2014, 12:59
Out at the top as a winner.

davieloyal
18-07-2014, 13:15
brilliant player he will be badly missed.

Cardiff_Bear
18-07-2014, 13:24
His performance in the World Cup final was one of the best fullback performances at that level in recent times.

Think he should have done the next Euros personally, but hard to criticise him.

One of the best fullbacks ever.

devilman
18-07-2014, 13:25
Would have thought he would have gone to the next World Cup as well but what a time to bow out on a massive high.

He'll be encouraged back no doubt but he's maybe worried it can't get any better and wants to focus on the club football.

Dr Oliver Thredson
18-07-2014, 13:26
Hope he doesn't pull the snidey trick of dingying the qualifiers, then coming back for the tournament. Or "pulling a Henrik Larsson" as it's known.

Though i doubt many German fans would be unhappy

supermac1873
18-07-2014, 13:32
Great player, entitled to focus on his club career now.

113 caps though by 30. A few of the other players in the German WC squad had broke the 100 cap barrier too: Klose (137 caps); Podolski (116 caps); Schweinsteiger (108 caps); and Mertesacker (108 caps).

Notwithstanding the fact the Germans have a handful of games ever tournament they play in, it does make you wonder why Scotland have so few highly capped players. It can only help a national team if a group of their players play together an awful lot.


We keep changing managers who come in with different ideas. We also identify players who are not so good and keep trying new ones in the hope that they are.

scottishcampbell
18-07-2014, 13:36
Will go down as one of the all time greats

chateaubleu
18-07-2014, 13:42
I can't blame him. Out at the top - exactly the way it should be.

Makes things a wee bit easier on Scotland too in September. Just a WEE bit though. :D

albertz11
18-07-2014, 13:57
Plenty Germans chucked it early

xelaxela
18-07-2014, 15:01
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It surprises me. Maybe he was scared to face Scotland. :D

That brought a wee smile to my face.

INVERURIEBEAR
18-07-2014, 15:25
Retires at the top and I'm surprised at him only being 30 but at least he can say he retired after winning the world cup with the first European team to win it in south America

Texas Bear
18-07-2014, 15:34
Damn, i'm sure McLeish had already put a word in Strachan's ear about him being identified as the weak link.

What with Ozil chucking it before the World Cup and now Lahm, Scotland may be in with a chance.

noops12345
18-07-2014, 15:35
Apparently Roberto Martinez took Leighton Baines over to some Munich games with the instruction of 'just watch Lahm for 90 minutes'

Dr Oliver Thredson
18-07-2014, 16:17
Apparently Roberto Martinez took Leighton Baines over to some Munich games with the instruction of 'just watch Lahm for 90 minutes'

On the basis of the World Cup, it didn't work

TPB90
18-07-2014, 16:23
Going out on top. Best full back ever.

noops12345
18-07-2014, 16:27
On the basis of the World Cup, it didn't work

correct :)

the vision
18-07-2014, 16:41
Maybe he is going to "come out" and didn't fancy the media pressure as Germany captain

finners
18-07-2014, 17:09
Strange decision as he is only 30. Mind you what a way to retire, by winning the world cup.

Fantastic player.

doc holliday
18-07-2014, 17:47
Facing Scotland must have been a step too far for him.

Jim Baxter is legend
18-07-2014, 17:50
Pele's last WC was at the age of 30, which is just madness - same for this boy

The Predator
18-07-2014, 17:55
Best way to retire from it.

Nothing would ever top that again for him.

Gonads&Strife
18-07-2014, 17:58
Maybe he is going to "come out" and didn't fancy the media pressure as Germany captain

Come out and say "**** YOU VISION. THIS IS MY WIFE NOW SHOW ME YOURS"?

http://i.imgur.com/IPIlw3t.jpg?1

DronganExile
18-07-2014, 19:37
The Bavarian Broadfoot.

TQ3
18-07-2014, 19:52
As above, top player, but I got the impression. That the Germans were favouring a 3-5-2 up until the World Cup and that was why Lahm was played in midfield.
I think that he was only moved back due to an injury to a CH during a game and with the CH out, thy stuck with 4 at the back.
So I'm presuming he doesn't see where he will fit into that shape with such top midfielders there already.

gazza162
18-07-2014, 20:41
my player of the world cup , what a way to end your international career

Virgil Hilts
18-07-2014, 20:52
Too early... no obvious replacement

However if the man wants more time with his family... well deserved

Maybe if International football was reserved for the off season, during the summer months... this wouldnt happen so often...

Hayesey
18-07-2014, 21:02
I thought he was in his prime and could really help the younger generation coming thru

rangers77
18-07-2014, 21:09
A stalwart for Germany international football will miss him

The Advocate
18-07-2014, 21:12
Probably right decision. Nothing to prove at international level. Going out at the very top.

Northampton Lodger
18-07-2014, 21:59
One of the problems of getting old is that you see young players make their debut and then see them retire. I can honestly say I have never seen Lahm have a bad game.

turkish
18-07-2014, 22:39
Not a bad time to go out but think when the euros come round or even the next WChe may be itching to get back.... He'll still be about in 4 years no bother

aghalee_hero
19-07-2014, 07:57
33/1 for Ball on D'or? Worth a fiver anyway...

thommo2006
19-07-2014, 09:06
can see both sides of it, end of the day he knows his body and what he can and cant do, if he thinks he cant give 100% performances then he is doing the right thing.

There is nothing worse than seeing players "overstay" their welcome and seeing them fail, at least he goes out on the ultimate high and will be remembered by Germany for that

CaptainCourageous
19-07-2014, 09:15
Out on a high and focus on club football.

moffatwilson
19-07-2014, 09:18
One of the problems of getting old is that you see young players make their debut and then see them retire. I can honestly say I have never seen Lahm have a bad game.

Never a truer word said. I can still remember schwienstieger making his international debut. 16+ i think he was? If i remember correctly he came of the bench and scored a cracker from some distance? But as you say, this could be wrong as i myself am getting on in years.

Gordy61
19-07-2014, 11:17
A fantastic player,pro and Captian.

Hulkster
20-07-2014, 14:09
The Bavarian Broadfoot.

Dear god!!