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Lahm retires as Bayern maul Freiburg 4-1

Lahm retires as Bayern maul Freiburg 4-1

He is also a Champions League, a German Cup and a World cup victor for Bayern Munich and Germany.

The fact that he has collected more titles than yellow cards, and never received a red card, are astonishing.

On 82 minutes, Alonso went off to rapturous applause with Ribery replacing the retiring Spaniard and four minutes later, Lahm was given his farewell as he departed the pitch for Rafinha. "Now I don't have to play anything".

One characteristic of your game is your unbelievable precision. Like Lahm, Alonso was also a World Cup victor, in his case with Spain in 2010.

In 2008, Spanish giants FC Barcelona were eager to sign a footballer that would have enriched Barca's dominant passing game.

"I've experienced so many lovely moments, it's unbelievable", said Lahm, who was joined by his wife and son.

Aubameyang, the league's top-scorer with 31 goals, has been linked to big-money moves to China and Paris St-Germain and said he may leave at the end of the season.

The full-back, who enjoyed a two-year stint on loan at Stuttgart between 2003 and 2005, is now relishing a life away from football.




From the humble surroundings of his youth team, FT Gern, to the World Cup final in the Maracana, Lahm has come to embody not just Bayern Munich, but the rebirth of German football.

My first game was definitely a special one, precisely because it was my first.

Lahm loved making decisions only a few saw coming.

Though Lahm has worked with famous coaches such as Jupp Heynckes, Felix Magath, Louis van Gaal, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti, he at present can not imagine taking over a team as a coach.

Freiburg had scarcely threatened in the first 25 minutes but Bayern keeper Tom Starke - whose retirement has slipped under the radar amid the tributes to Lahm and Alonso - produced a superb one-handed save to keep out a deflected effort from Frantz.

Freiburg still had a top-five finish up for grabs and missed good chances through Mike Frantz, Janik Haberer and Nils Petersen before Vidal struck 17 minutes from time.

Robert Lewandowski nearly doubled the lead 30 seconds into the second period after he was found brilliantly by Muller on the right, but the Polish striker's first-time effort was well saved.


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