Philipp Lahm has had a dream career at FC Bayern Munich and the DFB.
But there is now criticism from his companion Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Munich - He has won almost everything there is to win: Philipp Lahm.
The man from Munich is a legend in German football.
World champions, Champions League winners, German champions, DFB Cup winners - and then also honorary captain of the German national team * and meanwhile tournament director of the EM 2024 in Germany: Lahm has an extremely impressive letterhead.
And: he is also a book author *.
In 2021 he brought out his second work, “Das Spiel.
The world of football ”.
Lahm also addresses the issue of homosexuality in professional sport.
He does believe in the necessary maturity of an active professional who wants to come out, and also in the support of his personal environment.
But he also writes: "He will not be able to count on the same maturity with all opponents in sport and certainly not in all the stadiums in which he competes."
Lahm also emphasized in an interview with Dunja Hayali: “I'm just saying: It's an incredible amount of pressure for someone who comes out during his career.
I would like it to be normal for someone to come out and not be attacked. "
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Philipp Lahm: Companion Thomas Hitzlsperger expresses criticism
With Thomas Hitzlsperger, a well-known face from the football cosmos made his homosexuality public - but only after his active career in 2014. In the meantime, the Munich-born, who won the German championship with Stuttgart in 2007 and with Lahm at the 2006 World Cup and European Championship 2008 played for Germany *, sports director at VfB.
about his former companion: “I respect Philipp Lahm's opinion.
But it is rather counterproductive in this debate. "And further:" He has already said something about it several times, he will have his reasons for it.
For a noticeable change, it is also necessary that one or more active footballers come out. "
Coming out in professional sport: Thomas Hitzlsperger would like more support from ex-stars like Philipp Lahm
Hitzlsperger would like more support from colorful football personalities like Lahm.
“I think that a lot has already improved.
But if someone advises against coming out from the format of a Philipp Lahm, then it has an effect. ”At that time, Hitzlsperger himself“ also informed himself, read and looked in order to assess whether I was right with what I wanted.
When the former outstanding footballer Philipp Lahm says: Leave that coming out - then that has an impact.
I don't think that's going to work.
I respect his opinion, but I believe that he is simply wrong with some arguments ”.
Lahm initially did not react to the Hitzlsperger statements. The former Bayern * captain is known to enter into dialogue. Opposite the
he said at the time in terms of coming-outs namely: "Anyone who wants to do that, I can contact and got my hundred percent support."
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