Bayern Munich legend Philipp Lahm says he simply hopes to be remembered as a ‘good footballer’ when he retires from the game on Saturday. Lahm is preparing to play his final match for the Bundesliga champions in the season finale against Freiburg – 15 years after he made his debut for the club.
The match is set to become something of a testimonial to the 33-year-old defender, who will be handed one last chance to play in front of his home supporters at the Allianz Arena. And while Lahm admits the game will be emotional, he insists he is looking forward to the occasion and will end his playing career a happy man. ‘I simply want to enjoy the whole day,’ he told a press conference ahead of the match. ‘I just hope that the fans will remember me as a good footballer.’ Lahm could be forgiven for having a drink or two after his final game but the former Germany international might be having an early night in instead – as his son needs taking to nursery in the morning. ”I’ll be woken up by my son at 7:00,’ Lahm said. ‘Then I’ll take him to kindergarten & head to Sabener. It’s also my mum’s birthday.’
Lahm is ready to bring the curtain down on a playing career in which he has won almost every trophy in club and international football. The veteran full-back has won eight Bundesliga titles, six German Cups and one Champions League title with Bayern, while he also captained Germany to the World Cup crown in 2014.
Lahm has not immediate plans to move into coaching but says he will continue to follow the progress of Munich – the club he first joined as an 11-year-old.
He said: ‘I’m an Bayern fan. I’m a football fan. Of course I will continue to follow them.’