A Must Read Article

Arguably the first sensible article in a pile of nonsense. In fact, it is in English. Even though I disagree with a couple of things, I think it is well-written and more wise than many others. I am planning on sending an e-mail to the author to let him know that I certainly have appreciation for his work, although there are some things that I would tweak.

Philipp Lahm tackles Jurgen Klinsmann’s flaws, internal strife by Raphael Honigstein.

The things I disagree with:

1. “The book is probably best understood as the next stage in Lahm’s attempts to emancipate himself from his nice, but bland image. The process began in November 2009, when he criticized Bayern’s haphazard dealings in the transfer-market (“one can’t simply buy players because they are good”)”

I am not sure who understands it as the next stage in Lahm’s emancipation, not to mention the fact that I do not agree with “attempts to emancipate”. He has always had enough spice in him. I do not think it is right to view this book as a strong desire to sharpen the image. Otherwise, it seems like he has been struggling with the way he behaves, and let’s face it, that is not at all the case. He knows who he is.

Moreover, what he said in 2009, those were things that somebody had to say to put pressure on Bayern‘s bosses. It was not done for his image. The sharpening of image was, once again, an interpretation given to the interview by others.

2. “… and continued with an ill-timed intervention in the captaincy debate on the eve of the World Cup semifinal against Spain. “I don’t want to give the armband back [to Michael Ballack] after the tournament,” he declared. In that respect, it’s possible to read his book as an opportunistic move to gain credibility and stature at the expense of relatively weak, already discredited targets.”

First, he did not say all of a sudden, “I don’t want to give the armband back.” It was an answer to a question that reporters asked him at that press conference. It was not HIS initiative to start the discussion. However, once asked, he gave an honest answer, which, if one looks at it without prejudice, is not terrible. It would have been much worse, in my opinion, if, being captain at the time, he had said he did not want this job. That would have been very weird. Second, he did say that he would give it back if the coach told him to do so. Thus, I believe that one should quote that, too, because the quote becomes something entirely different once the other part is thrown away.

In addition, I think gaining credibility is not something Lahm needed. That was not a problem.

Other than that, I am pleased with the article, as it really is kind of a gem at the moment.

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