(; born 11 November 1983 in Munich
) is a German footballer
who plays for Bayern Munich
and the German national football team
. Lahm is also the first choice captain now for the national team after midfielder Michael Ballack
Lahm is considered one of the best full backs in the world, and was included in the World Cup
team of the tournament in 2006, the UEFA Team of the Tournament
in 2008 and in the FIFA Team of the Year 2008. He is well known for his pace, dribbling and precise tackling abilities as well as his small stature. Although Lahm is right-footed, he is able to play on both sides of the pitch. He often cuts from the flank to the inside of the pitch to either shoot or pass.
Lahm does a lot of charity work and has taken part in several charity campaigns and events. In June 2007, FIFA announced that Lahm and Owen Hargreaves
would visit South Africa in advance to support the 2010 FIFA World Cup
. Although Hargreaves never managed to take part in the trip due to injury, Lahm and a German national teammate, Piotr Trochowski
, visited the country taking time not only to visit the 2010 FIFA World Cup
organizers but also to visit a local SOS Children's Village and to take part in the Kick-AIDS event.
He has established a foundation, Philipp Lahm-Stiftung, to support underprivileged children and is also an official ambassador... Read More