I do not know about you, but I found out about this interview only today. I had no idea that fans had a chance of asking Lahm a question on Facebook. I wish I could have done so myself. You can read the original here.
“Being a father, does one get enough sleep?” The users on Facebook asked, and the captain answered. The team.dfb.de.-interview with Philipp Lahm before the first WC 2014 qualification game against the Faroe Islands on Friday in Hanover.
Andreas Awdschjan: What’s it like to be a father? Do you get enough sleep? How has your life changed since the birth of your child?
Philipp Lahm: It has changed a lot, that’s clear. But it’s a nice change. There is something beautiful in starting a family. For us, everything is new, we became parents for the first time. The nights are getting shorter, but I don’t consider it bad. For me, it goes without saying that I get up and help. I do it gladly. My wife spares me if the next day is full of appointments/events. However, in general, I help during the night as best as I can.
Sab Rina: Is the defeat against Italy at the EURO 2012 still affecting you?
Lahm: I’m looking forward to the future. In the days immediately following the defeat, I still thought about it and asked myself questions. But now it’s done and over with. I focus on the future, we are facing a long process of qualification. There is again a major tournament, and I look forward to it.
Kerstin Wicklein: Do you view defeats as an opportunity?
Lahm: Yes. We the athletes learn quite early to deal with defeats. I believe it is important to be a “bigger “man in the defeat, to respect the opponent and his performance, to congratulate him in the sportsmanlike manner. And, of course, you always have to think afterwards about what you can improve. That’s where an opportunity lies.
Christopher Backhaus: With all due respect to the Faroe Islands, how do you prepare for an opponent of a lower standing?
Lahm: Most of the players on our team have been on it for quite some time and have played many qualification games. As such, once in a while, you play against, so-to-speak, smaller teams. You have to simply be focused, going into the game, and prepare seriously. There are no more opponents that one can defeat in a passing-by manner. Regardless of an opponent, the preparation is the same. There is a video analysis, we always examine the opponent in detail. So, we are going to be very prepared, also against the Faroe Islands. We know that it’s important to start the qualification well and secure a comfortable victory at home.
Patrick Lux: In your opinion, what are the chances of coming in first in the group?
Lahm: If you look at the past, we are the clear favorites. That’s how it was in the qualification round before the EURO 2012 as well. Back then, we managed to play confidently and easily qualify as group winners. Now the group is a bit more difficult. Sweden and Ireland got to the final stage at the EURO 2012. Playing against Austria is a derby, that’s never easy. Also, we must play against Kazakhstan, especially away from home. We’re going to play on the artificial turf, the time difference plays a role. We completed this task with confidence in the EURO 2012 qualification, and we want to do that again.
Frank Wagner: What would the outcome be if the National Team of the present played against that of 1990?
Lahm: It’s always difficult to compare generations and teams. The National Team of 1990 was a great team. It was the first National Team that I followed as a kid. They became world champions with great players. With Lothar Matthäus, who played an outstanding tournament. With Brehme, Buchwald, Klinsmann, Völler, Häßler, Littbarski – a great team. It’s almost impossible to compare that with today’s situation. I don’t want to.
Oliver Wagner: Who is your favorite football player?
Lahm: In 1990, Lothar Matthäus was simply outstanding, one must say that clearly. I also thought Pierre Littbarski was awesome. His way of playing football just fascinated me. And I had something in common with him: he also wasn’t the tallest. Matthäus and Littbarski, both were my idols at the time.
Robin Schmidt: What profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a football player?
Lahm: In the early days, I wanted to become a baker. My reasoning was that I would then be able to go home early. Then there was a time when I wanted to become a banker. My sister is a police officer, so today I would say that I would rather have gone in that direction if it hadn’t worked out with football.
Daniel Nerreter: Are you proud to be the captain of the German National Team?
Lahm: Absolutely, very much so. To lead a football nation such as Germany on the pitch is terrific. It’s really fun for me to work together with young players. In the international matches, I’m the second oldest in the squad. As captain, I’m happy to set an example, also with regard to the attitude.
Jan Peters: Who is your best friend in the National Team?
Lahm: I get along very well with many players. In particular, I sometimes hang out with Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer. When Arne Friedrich was still on the team, we hung out a lot. Even today, we stay in touch, call each other every now and then, and he tells me how things are going for him in the USA.
Patrick Nietz: In what way are the Spanish still better the Germans?
Lahm: Currently, the best players are from Spain. Iniesta und Xavi are outstanding players. Their way of playing is perfect when it comes to passes and switching the pace. We have a good team, but the Spanish are a bit further along. For us, it’s a huge challenge to beat this team.
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I have to say that the question about the captaincy made me smile. Of course, he is proud to lead the team. Who wouldn’t be? Also, I have lost count of how many times Lahm has been asked about his potential job. I wonder why the moderator included that question. Maybe others were less interesting… With regard to the team of 1990, there is a saying, “Every age/time has its heroes.” These teams are more than 10 years apart! A lot has changed in the world of football since then. It is rather pointless to compare them.
On a side note, I am very happy that Arne and Philipp keep in touch. That is awesome! All in all, I am content with the interview.