Lahm leads the way
Philipp Lahm captained Germany to victory at the 2014 World Cup and will be investing similar tireless energies in heading Germany’s hosting of Euro 2024.
Lahm scored five goals in 113 appearances for Germany between 2004 and 2014 . He claimed 21 national and international trophies with Bayern Munich and only last year was voted Footballer of the Year.
A proven winner and a man on a mission, Lahm says: “We are a country which is well prepared to put on special events. We are a football nation. We have all the infrastructure and we are an extremely hospitable nation – as we showed in 2006.”
The word “preparation” is a recurring theme with Lahm, not only as regards the bids but in terms of his own career and his decision to retire, having seen enough veteran players slide aimlessly and sadly down the leagues and in far-distant countries.
“Everything for me is about preparation; the same as when I was a player,” says the 34-year-old. “So I prepared myself for the end of my football career and for my life afterwards.
“Then along came this wonderful opportunity with Euro 2024. Everyone here has such great memories of how the country came together in 2006. Football unites all different peoples. I experienced this as a player in 2006 and now we all want another summer here in Germany like that one.”