Xabi Alonso prepares for final farewell

Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm admits coaching role is unlikely

Freiburg, also described as Bundesliga's most clinical team from the city of Freiburg now in the 6th position has not been too impressive in their records so far this season if the head-to-head statistics is anything to go by.

Philipp Lahm said football was his life as Bayern Munich's retiring captain bid farewell to the game in the Bundesliga champions' 4-1 win over Freiburg.

Midfielder Xabi Alonso, 35, as well as caretaker Tom Starke, 36, were also offered with gifts as they prepare to retire.

But Alonso's departure from football, or from playing at least, will not go unnoticed across the world even if most attention in Munich is focused on one of their own.

We are sure that the Bayern Munich fans had mixed feelings yesterday, as they were happy because they won the title and on the other hand, sad because two great players said goodbye.

Eight league titles, six DFB Pokal's, a Champions League and, of course, a World Cup trophy reflect one of the game's finest ever careers.

The 33-year-old looked back at his playing days and revealed his post-retirement plans.

For the fifth season in a row Bayern will be presented with the Bundesliga trophy at the Allianz Arena following the final whistle against Freiburg with emotions set to run high.

Lahm has so far made 517 appearances for Bayern and 113 for Germany without every being sent off, be it for a red card or two yellows.

In fact, Anastacia was so determined to finish her performance of I'm Outta Love, the players were left standing around on the pitch waiting to to kick off the second half for a good five minutes.

But overall, he is "looking forward to the last game, to be with the team one last time, with the fans, with the staff in the stadium". Then I'd say I'm satisfied.

A number of have defenders have been linked with a move to the Bundesliga giants, but Ancelotti believes Joshua Kimmich is Lahm's natural successor. "That's what I will miss the most".



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