As Bayern Munich and Germany legend Philipp Lahm prepares to hang up his boots, he says there are a lot of things he will miss about the game and the club.
Despite two season on loan at VfB Stuttgart between 2003 and 2005, Lahm has spent his entire career with the Bavarian giants and is set to play his last game in the famous Die Roten jersey at home against SC Freiburg on Saturday afternoon.
“One thing I’ll definitely miss is being in a group every day,” Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning captain told his club’s website.
“There’s a unique atmosphere and language in a dressing room. I’ll miss the staff, the whole team. I’ve been used to being in a team since I was five years old so that’s definitely something I’ll miss,” the 33-year-old defender said.
“And the banter in the dressing room. I’ve always enjoyed that.”
Despite being only 33, Lahm said the decision to call it quits wasn’t made overnight, saying that he felt it was a right time to go.
“It’s not something that happens overnight, it’s a process that takes place over a long period of time. I’m always reflecting and looking at whether I can still keep up. That’s how it came about.
“I retired from the national team with the feeling that it was the right time to call it a day after the (2014 World Cup). And, it’s the same now,” he said.