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Bayern Munich begin Philipp Lahm send-off in time-honoured tradition | Andy Brassell

Their late win at Ingolstadt was the spirit of Old Bayern, as they are perceived nationally, and made it 25 points from 27 to go seven points clear at the top

There simply had to be some sort of tribute and, in the event, there was more than one, conscious and subconscious. As Bayern Munich worked to just about chisel out a win at struggling Ingolstadt – which ultimately proved to be even more valuable than it might have first appeared – it was impossible to ignore the context of the match, unfolding just four days after Philipp Lahm confirmed that he would indeed be retiring from football at the season’s close.

The most ostentatious hat tip to the captain was in the aftermath of Arjen Robben’s stoppage-time clincher, after Arturo Vidal’s 90th-minute goal has finally broke the dogged resistance of Maik Walpurgis’ team. The Dutchman ran roaring to the touchline where he, and his team-mates, embraced and eventually submerged Lahm, who had been substituted some 10 minutes before, in a jubilant huddle. This one’s for you, skipper.

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Philipp Lahm, Bayern Munich captain, to retire from playing at end of season

• Former Germany full-back brings forward retirement plans from 2018
• On Bayern’s sporting director vacancy: ‘This is not the best time for me’

The Bayern Munich captain, Philipp Lahm, has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season.

Related: Dortmund, RB Leipzig and the Bundesliga’s newest grudge match | Andy Brassell

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The 100 best footballers in the world 2015 – interactive

Welcome to the Guardian’s choice of the world’s top 100 footballers for 2015. Led by Zico, Javier Zanetti and Gheorghe Hagi, our panel of 123 experts from 49 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest footballers on the planet.

Today we reveal Nos100-71, on Tuesday 70-41, Wednesday 40-11, before the top 10 on Christmas Eve completes this year’s list.

Read the full list of judges and top 100 rules

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The 100 best footballers in the world 2015 – interactive

Welcome to the Guardian’s choice of the world’s top 100 footballers for 2015. Led by Zico, Javier Zanetti and Gheorghe Hagi, our panel of 123 experts from 49 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest male players on the planet. Click on an individual to read more about their year.

Barney Ronay: Messi regains No1 position

How our judges voted: the complete statistics

Datablog: the numbers crunched

Video: the ten best footballers in the world

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Philipp Lahm set to start for Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund

• Bayern Munich captain Lahm has not played since training injury on Nov 18
• Both sides have lengthy injury lists ahead of crunch Bundesliga match
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The top 100 footballers panel discusses No9: Philipp Lahm – video

Judges including Guardian writers Amy Lawrence, Philippe Auclair, Barry Glendenning, Jacob Steinberg, Michael Cox, James Horncastle, Julien Laurens and Andy Brassell and Chelsea Ladies striker Eniola Aluko discuss this year’s World’s Top 100 Footballer…

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The top 100 footballers panel discusses No9: Philipp Lahm – video

Judges including Guardian writers Amy Lawrence, Philippe Auclair, Barry Glendenning, Jacob Steinberg, Michael Cox, James Horncastle, Julien Laurens and Andy Brassell and Chelsea Ladies striker Eniola Aluko discuss this year’s World’s Top 100 Footballer…

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Philipp Lahm surgery on broken ankle was a success, say Bayern Munich

• Rehabilitation will not begin for ‘several weeks’
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Philipp Lahm suffers broken ankle during Bayern Munich training

• Captain to undergo surgery and miss three months of season
• 31-year-old injured during unopposed Bayern session Continue reading…



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Germany’s football heroes attend World Cup film premiere video

The German national team and football elite attend the premier of Die Mannschaft (The Team), a documentary about their World Cup victory in Brazil. Fifa president Sepp Blatter says that Germany deserved to win the tournament. Germany coach Joachim Löw says the success was due to a strong team spirit. Revenues from the film will be used for charitable projects Continue reading…

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Germany captain Philipp Lahm retires from international football

Chancellor Angela Merkel quick to pay tribute
I told Jogi Löw on Monday that I am retiring
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Germanys Philipp Lahm: a quiet leader standing on the brink of greatness

Lahm and Lionel Messi are both complete footballers but only one of them has been described by Pep Guardiola as the most intelligent player he has ever coached. And it is not MessiPhilipp Lahm was 11 years old when he joined Bayern Munich. He arrived a…

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Germanys Philipp Lahm: a quiet leader standing on the brink of greatness

Lahm and Lionel Messi are both complete footballers but only one of them has been described by Pep Guardiola as the most intelligent player he has ever coached. And it is not MessiPhilipp Lahm was 11 years old when he joined Bayern Munich. He arrived a…

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Germanys Philipp Lahm: a quiet leader standing on the brink of greatness

Lahm and Lionel Messi are both complete footballers but only one of them has been described by Pep Guardiola as the most intelligent player he has ever coached. And it is not MessiPhilipp Lahm was 11 years old when he joined Bayern Munich. He arrived a…

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USA only need a draw  so who will Klinsmann pick against Germany?

Klinsmann inclined to name unchanged side for crunch tie Altidore out injured so Dempsey to continue up front alone Continue reading…

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Germany may be forced to play four central defenders against Portugal

Joachim Löw unconcerned at having his hand forced
Captain Philipp Lahm could move to midfield from defence

Injuries have depleted Germanys defence in such a way that their opening match against Portugal may see four central defenders in the starting lineup, with two of them out of position and two who have rarely played together.

The coach Joachim Löw did not seem unduly worried on Friday about the prospect, confirming that his back four may feature four central defenders.

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Germany may be forced to play four central defenders against Portugal

Joachim Löw unconcerned at having his hand forced
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Philipp Lahm prepares for third World Cup in a third role for Germany

Captain may be asked to shore up midfield in Germanys bid for a first trophy since 1996 European ChampionshipThe idea, Joachim Löw had said, was to bid Germany farewell with a smile. Fridays effortless 6-1 win over Armenia in the last friendly bef…