Alex Song

Profile Football Stars | Alex Song | Song was called-up for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and was the only Cameroonian named in the Team of the Tournament. Known for his colorful hair dye, Song also possesses a French passport. Song was born in Douala, Cameroon and lost his father at the age of three. Song joined the Bastia youth team in 2003-04 and became a part of the first team the following season with 31 appearances. Bastia were playing in French Ligue 1 during the time Alex Song had a stint there. Song was Noted for his high versatility  While playing for Bastia, he was selected as a part of French U-16 football team. He later chose to represent Cameroon his country of birth. During his time at Bastia, he attracted attention from numerous clubs, Including Inter , Juventus , Manchester United , Lyon, and Middlesbrough . During his time at Bastia Song made a total of 32 league appearances. Song impressed Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger as a trialist during Arsenal's p

Philipp Lahm

Profile Football Stars | Philipp Lahm | Although Lahm is right-footed, he is Able to play on both sides of the pitch. Lahm developed into a professional football player within the Bayern Munich Junior Team. He joined the team at the age of 11 after a youth coach, Jan Pienta, had scouted him several times while he was playing for the local youth team in his Gern hometown, Munich. Up to this point Lahm played as a defensive midfielder, right midfielder or right full-back. Since Willy Sagnol was playing as right back, Bixente Lizarazu was the main left back for Bayern Munich, and Their midfield was also well-staffed , Lahm was loaned to VfB Stuttgart for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 Bundesliga seasons.

Lahm's first Champions League appearance in the previous season with Bayern Munich as a late substitute against RC Lens was now Followed by his first Champions League game in the starting line-up on the 29 September 2003, against Manchester United. During the 2003-04 season Lahm eventually Appeared for Stuttgart in 31 Bundesliga and seven Champions League matches and came second in the election for the German footballer of the year. During the second season in Stuttgart (2004-2005) Lahm had substantially more difficult, time.

In July 2005, Lahm returned to Bayern Munich. During the season he Appeared 20 times for Bayern in the Bundesliga Thrice in the Champions League and, contending over field-time evenly with Bixente Lizarazu. During the season 2006-07 Lahm played in all of Bayern's 34 Bundesliga games and in nine of the ten Champions League games and was only substituted twice, Mainly Because he was the only left back in the team but also due to his sufficiently solid performances during That was a season of one of the worst for Bayern in many years. During the 2009-10 season under the new coach Louis van Gaal, Lahm was Able to play in his preferred position as a right-back. Lahm was also chosen as vice-captain by Van Gaal, and played full time in all of Bayern's competitive matches apart from the first round game in the German Cup. After the departure of captain Mark van Bommel in January 2011, Lahm was made the new captain for the remainder of the season.

Lahm started his international career in the U19 national team. He was part of the team won silver for That Germany in the 2002 U19 European championship playing in all games in the final tournament and scoring a crucial goal in the 90th minute (2-3) against England in a game That ended 3-3. Lahm was ever present during Germany's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign and was the only player to play every single minute. Following the withdrawal of regular captain Michael Ballack from the World Cup squad due to injury, Lahm was chosen to captain the team at the upcoming tournament. On 13 June 2010, he captained the German National Team in the opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Australia, Becoming the youngest player to captain a German side in a World Cup tournament. Lahm's captaincy would Became permanent later, when coach Joachim Low Announced Ballack would not be Considered to play for Germany anymore.  Captain Lahm's solid defending helped Germany win all ten qualification matches for Euro 2012, and he also Provided one assist each for Mesut Özil and Mario Gomez.

Personal information
Full name Philipp Lahm
Date of birth 11 November 1983 (age 28)
Place of birth Munich, West Germany
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Full back

Club information
Current club Bayern Munich
Number 21

Youth career
FT Gern München 1989-1995
Bayern Munich 1995-2001

Senior career
years Team
Bayern Munich II 2001-2003 63 (3)
2003-Bayern Munich 202 (7)
VfB Stuttgart 2003-2005 (loan) 53 (3)

National team
2003 Germany U-21 3 (0)
2004-Germany 85 (4)


Bayern Munich
     Bundesliga: 2002-03, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10
     DFB-Pokal: 2002-03, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10
     DFB-Ligapokal: 2007
     U-19 Bundesliga: 2001, 2002

National team
     UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship Runner-up: 2002
     FIFA World Cup Third Place: 2006, 2010
     UEFA European Football Championship Runner-up: 2008

     Man of the Match: for his performance in the game Germany versus Poland,
     FIFA World Cup 2006
     WC 2006 Mastercard All Star Team
     Man of the Match: for his performance in the Semi-final
     Game of Germany versus Turkey (25 June), UEFA Euro 2008
     Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament
     UEFA Team of the Year: 2006, 2008,
     FIFA Team of the Year: 2008
     FIFA World Cup All Star Team: 2006, 2010
     Silbernes Lorbeerblatt (2): 2006, 2010


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