February 4, 2011
I have debated for a long time if I should start a blog. And today was the day when I finally told myself, “Yes, you should.” What is the purpose of it? It is quite simple: Philipp Lahm. For those of you who have never heard of him, he is a German football player. In particular, he plays as a defender for FC Bayern München and the German National Team (Die Mannschaft, as non-German media and fans call it). One can read all the necessary biographical information somewhere else. I am not interested in statistics either. I would not be able to tell you how many accurate passe he has made so far. This blog isn’t about that.
This morning, after reading one of the articles, I realized that I had to do something to counterattack all the nonsense with which the media often comes up whenever they write about Herr Lahm. Why? For the most part, I believe he is misrepresented and/or underrepresented if I may say so. Although I’m sure that he is doing just fine on his own and doesn’t need some fan defending him, I feel like there are not enough voices on the Internet that would say, “Wait a minute, this is not what it is.” It probably proves that his fans are well-behaved individuals who don’t engage in word battles that aren’t worthy of it. I, on the other hand, want to voice my opinion.
Thus, this blog will be a mixture of comments on Lahm’s performance on the field and on his social life off the pitch, opinions of the media and fans alike. I will attempt to analyze them to the best of my ability while trying to make the reader look beyond the dry voice of statistics. Most importantly, this blog should serve as some sort of expression of my fascination with this person. His talent, determination, intelligence, behavior on and off the pitch, all of this impresses me. He is an extremely well-rounded individual.
Finally, the title of my very first post is 100 Percent Reason To Remember the Name. There was more to choosing such a title than a simple desire for this blog to have a majestic vibe to it. Some time ago I watched a nicely done video on YouTube, dedicated to Lahm. As an audio track, the user, responsible for the creation, went with Remember the Name by Fort Minor. I had never heard that song until I watched the video. And as I was doing so, I was surprised at how much of it could be applied to Lahm, football, and everything else. “Good choice”, I thought to myself. The song goes:
[…] He doesn’t need his name up in lights
He just wants to be heard […]
[…] he knows the code
It’s not about the salary
It’s all about reality and making some noise
Making the story – […]
Who the hell is he anyway?
He never really talks much
Never concerned with status but still leaving them star struck
Humbled through opportunities given despite the fact
That many misjudge him […]
Never asking […] to get some respect
This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!
And I agree.