Philipp Lahm of Germany gestures during the FIFA World Cup 2014 final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 July 2014. Photo: Marcus Brandt/dpa (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Philipp Lahm of Germany gestures during the FIFA World Cup 2014 final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 July 2014. Photo: Marcus Brandt/dpa (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

 

Phillip Lahm celebrates the German World Cup win -- photo: dpa
Phillip Lahm celebrates the German World Cup win — photo: dpa

Berlin (dpa) – Germany’s World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm is to retire from the national team, it was confirmed Friday.

The 30-year-old Bayern Munich defender led his country to a fourth World Cup title in Brazil but has decided to step back from the team, his agent, Roman Grill confirmed to dpa following a report in Germany’s Bild newspaper.

Lahm and his team-mates returned to a hero’s welcome in Berlin on Tuesday after Mario Goetze’s extra-time goal earned a 1-0 win over Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup final.

Winning the World Cup is the pinnacle of Lahm’s career to date, which also includes a Champions League title, six Bundesliga titles and six German Cups.

Lahm began his Germany career in February 2004 with a 2-1 win away to Croatia. He went on to win 113 caps for his country and scored five goals, most notably in the opening game of the 2006 World Cup against Costa Rica.

Before winning the World Cup in 2014, Lahm claimed third-place in the 2006 and 2010 tournaments, and was runner-up at Euro 2008. He also played at Euros 2004 and 2012.

 

10 year national team memberPhillip Lahm retires from international competition -- phto: dpa
10 year national team memberPhillip Lahm retires from international competition — phto: dpa